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Graduating from West Point with a degree in political science, he was commissioned as an infantry officer and served fourteen years in a number of exciting roles, including a year inside the Korean DMZ, and two short deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. The highlight of his career was serving as a company commander alongside the outstanding men of the 2nd Ranger Battalion. He went on to work in the US Army's Special Operations Command, witnessing the inner workings of the Spec Ops and intelligence communities during the war on terror.
Some of the inspiration for his debut novel comes from his own experiences, and those of friends and colleagues over the past decade. The rest comes from his fascination with history, politics, technology, and the idea that ordinary people can sometimes shape the events that make today's headlines.
MJ Kephart lives in southeastern Pennsylvania with his wife, two children, and a neurotic Rhodesian Ridgeback. Since leaving the military, he's worked as a consultant in the financial services industry, and now as a project manager for an information technology and software development group. When not working or writing, he coaches youth soccer and is an avid CrossFitter.
Top Customer Reviews
Through a bit of arm twisting (that would be guilt for taking so long to get a review done), I was given this book to read and review. My intention was to scan it quickly, get the simple plot, write a review, and get back to books I would enjoy. However, there was a problem. This book gave you about 20 pages (or less) to meet the characters and stuff started hitting the fan. Our hero Ross is NOT a spy, he is ex-military and just wanted a vacation (sorry about that, not gonna happen). You will hardly get a break in the action for the rest of the novel.
Ross stumbles into a bit of a clash between Iranian spies and Israeli Mossad agents, the well-worn but effective "I am dying, get this secret information to <fill in the blank>" is used but nothing else you will see is familiar/unoriginal in this spy novel from the fact our hero gets knocked around a bit and the female Israeli spy has to bail him out more than once. This makes for a great dynamic and the pretty much true picture of bumbling diplomats makes you want to scream.
The plot is basically the Iranians trying to get their hands on a nuke for purposes you think you can guess, but you would be wrong. It gets a lot more complicated and twisted.Read more ›
From vile, easy-to-hate bad guys whose pure evilness and hatred scares the hell out of you, to humble, hard-charging good guys willing to step in where others would back away, MJ Kephart give us a taut, character-driven and well-written novel. The range and depth of dialogue, subject matter and variety of locations is impressive, and exemplifies Kephart's exceptional storytelling ability. He takes us across the world and back, from the vast, dusty desert of Dubai to the rolling hills of West Virginia, all without skipping a beat.
Pulling together such a complex and intelligent subject, while creating and building compelling characters is tough work. MJ Kephart is more than up to the task, combining his military background with clear and crisp prose that rivals that of well-known authors like Clancy or Ludlum. Kudos!
Kephart echoes Vince Flynn in extrapolating from the headlines to create a plausible terrorism thriller. His meticulous research and rich detail add delightful texture that enriches a fast-moving storyline - a hallmark of Tom Clancy's writing. White Sea Rising is a great read that has me already anticipating Kephart's next book.
That said, there’s no denying this is a page-turner. After all the hunt-for-the-loose-nuke tales I’ve read, none have possessed the realism, immediacy and… well, unpredictability of this story. The flawed, complicated heroes and sidekicks are no simple two-dimensional characters either. There’s also no super-secret government agency that’s going to save the day.
All in all, a great ride! Hope it’s part of a series. Hard to tell, since the ending is wrapped up pretty tight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable read. The author was obviously knowledgable about his subject! I loved learning about the elements presented in the story which eerily match our recent news... Read morePublished 4 months ago by LoriAnn the Librarian
Good pace and character development. The epilogue was a bit too short, leaving some questions unanswered. I would recommend this book.Published 4 months ago by Binghamton Bookworm
The book was very well written and the characters depicted what could well be in tomorrow's headlines. I like to read thrillers and this was one of the best. I highly recommend .Published 4 months ago by Michael
Read this for free and found it entertaining. Not exactly the most original story, but will do if you have time to kill.Published 5 months ago by Makoto San
Pretty good read, I like the pace of the book. Although some of it was predictable I still liked itPublished 5 months ago by uduzei ovbiagele
Fast paced and easy to follow. Develops each character just enough to understand but not enough to entangle them. One of the best books I have read this summer.Published 8 months ago by Sawyer
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