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John R. Monteith "Author of Rogue Enforcer, latest of the Rogue Submarine thrillers" RSS Feed (Farmington Hills, MI United States)

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Intouchables (English Subtitled) [HD]
Intouchables (English Subtitled) [HD]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, April 7, 2015
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Great story! Good acting. Hard to believe it's based on reality.


Operation Golden Dawn
Operation Golden Dawn
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5.0 out of 5 stars High-stakes Submarine Adventure, March 28, 2015
Operation Golden Dawn is an enjoyable adventure written by the ultimate authority – a former commanding officer of a nuclear submarine.

A standout quality of this novel is its lofty stakes. The reach of torpedoes and missiles usually limit a submarine’s influence, but the author adds the dimension of a SEAL team that tackles an island-based threat with global implications – a weaponized pathogen. One misstep in anti-surface, anti-submarine, land-attack, communications, or SEAL deployment condemns the world to biological genocide. The premise is clever, and it sets the stage for a complex and engaging plot.

Compounding the drama are complicating elements such as a hero facing personal demons while squeezing every shred of lethality from his submarine and his crew, a security breech leading to a counter-attack on American soil, and a race against time before the pathogen escapes.

George Wallace crafts a witty, intricate tale of intrigue and action with memorable characters and satisfying resolutions to all conflicts.

Disclaimer: To avoid bias, I ignore style and technique when reviewing authors from competing imprints. Sample for yourself and enjoy!

-John Monteith, Author of the Rogue Submarine series http://www.amazon.com/John-R.-Monteith/e/B0080T78JO/ref=la_B0080T78JO_pg_1?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_82%3AB0080T78JO&ie=UTF8&qid=1408454303


The Trident Deception
The Trident Deception
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Submarine Adventure, March 21, 2015
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Trident Deception is a masterful balance of pace, people, and plot. Memorable players, credible motivations, character-driven conflicts, believable surprises, intricate intrigue, and blistering action make this a gem of a story.

The premise is so clever that readers are guaranteed a thrilling ride from the onset. I find it believable that Israel might hack into control of American strategic weapons, but this is the first book I’ve seen tackle the subject. I thought the author covered every relevant angle and packed the conflicts and resolutions into a right-sized bite for readers looking for a fun military adventure.

My hat is off to Rick Campbell, and I look forward to more, including getting my hands on Empire Rising!

Disclaimer: To avoid bias, I ignore style and technique when reviewing authors from competing imprints. Sample for yourself and enjoy!

-John Monteith, Author of the Rogue Submarine series http://www.amazon.com/John-R.-Monteith/e/B0080T78JO/ref=la_B0080T78JO_pg_1?rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_82%3AB0080T78JO&ie=UTF8&qid=1408454303


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, January 13, 2015
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Angel City Blues
Angel City Blues
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stalin is back and the stakes are as high as ever, October 1, 2014
This review is from: Angel City Blues (Kindle Edition)
Jeff Edwards may be known for his Sea Warrior series where he crafts exciting naval adventures. However, now that Dome City Blues and Angel City Blues are in print, he'll soon be known for futuristic mystery thrillers. Dome City Blues was a work of art, and Angel City Blues is another masterpiece and a worthy sequel.

As with Dome City Blues, Edwards shows us his skill in creating intrigue in Angel City Blues. Science fiction is his ideal genre because it allows him to extend and exercise his powerful imagination, and Angel City delivers with an engaging plot, wild settings, and memorable characters.

If you like mystery thrillers or science fiction where the technology is central to the story, you'll enjoy Edwards' latest effort. I recommend starting with Dome City Blues and then reading Angel City Blues, although it's okay to read them in reverse order.

Note: I am a fellow Stealth Books author.


The Gods of War
The Gods of War
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Science Fiction Military Novel..., August 19, 2014
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I’m honored to share insights into the work of an author duo with the talent and accomplishments of Graham Brown and Spencer Anderson. This is a page-turner I finished in two days, and it’s an excellent science fiction military novel. I waffled between four and five stars, settling on four because the bar is high for this duo.

Good stuff:
The main character, James Collins, has admirable qualities such as heroism, combat skill, leadership, compassion, humility, but he also has an underdeveloped sense of self and purpose. He must answer the question of who he is while overcoming impossible odds to save not one planet, but two. There’s also a political murkiness about who will support whom throughout the story, including Collins’ father and his fellow soldiers, and the uncertainty helps to isolate him and stack obstacles against him. This is a great setup for a protagonist to drive a powerful story.

The story speeds along with strong bursts of action, as evidenced by short chapters, slowing just enough at critical points to establish intrigue and understand the characters. Using simple words to describe vivid settings and intense action, the authors avoid distracting highbrow language and respect the economy of words to help drive the adventure’s fast pace.

The authors also steered shy of technobabble, injecting a perfect amount of convincing technical detail to draw me into the scenery and the action. I think that readers of sci fi or military genres would agree that the authors hit the mark on detail in describing combat hardware and tactics. And though I can’t picture life on a terraformed Mars beyond what the authors showed me, I believed in their presentation of the newly habitable planet and enjoyed how they applied its unique features to their plot twists.

There’s even philosophical stimulation sprinkled throughout the story. Faced with dire circumstances and minimal hope, the hero and his supporters wrestle with purpose, spurring thought and giving insight into humanity’s ultimate deserved fate. And with the stakes being huge – mankind’s destiny – the good guys need to get it right to have a chance. Experiencing their struggle to identify their goals and muster the boldness to achieve them is an upside of reading this book.

Questionable stuff:
Although the hero drives plenty of resolution, he gets lucky one too many times for my tastes. There were also a lot of good guys and bad guys, lessening the development of secondary characters, including a fully fleshed out detestable villain.

Overall, I’d give this excellent novel 4.5 stars if allowed. I thought it was brilliant and enjoyable.

Disclaimer - I am a fellow author published under the Stealth Books imprint.


The Collaborator (The Sokolov Saga Book 2)
The Collaborator (The Sokolov Saga Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, well written thriller, June 1, 2014
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Another page-turning story of intrigue and espionage by Ian Kharitonov. The Solokov brothers return from The Russian Renaissance to avenge crimes committed against their family and loved ones. A deep dive into Russian history frames the setting for blackmail and corruption among the nation’s controllers. Caught in the crossfire between power brokers, the Solokov brothers rely upon their wits, hand-to-hand combat skill, and their loyal rescue-trained companions to take on the bad guys. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys complex, fast-paced action thrillers.


REMO
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-Bending Military Sci-Fi Stories, May 31, 2014
This review is from: REMO (Kindle Edition)
The decades-long delays and separation of deep space travel, the blurry definition of sentient life and self-awareness, the efficacy and morality of augmenting - or altering - a living creature's nature by artificial intelligence. Tom Mays explores these themes with peppery and memorable characters that drive fast-paced action in life and death military and policing environments. Written with the gifted skill seen in Mays' debut novel, A Sword Into Darkness, these stories promise to delight military and sci-fi fans.

Disclaimer - I am a fellow author published under the Stealth Books imprint, and I received a free Advanced Reader Copy of this book.


A Sword Into Darkness
A Sword Into Darkness
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Science Fiction, February 1, 2014
A Sword Into Darkness is a brilliant page-turner. Tom Mays hits the concept of alien invasion in its sweet spot, right at the blurry boundary between science fiction and fact. Of course, readers must suspend belief about the existence of an alien race, but everything beyond that necessity lands in the realm of plausible fiction, including the technology, the psychology, the tactics, the politics, and the romance.

What stands out most to me is that Mays gives two decades of story time for the human race to respond to ambiguous evidence of an invasion. Are bad guys coming, or aren’t they? If so, what’s their agenda? Given their possible agenda, what do we do? Mays gives his main characters, which are complex and well developed over years, and all of humanity years to ponder the possibilities, seek more evidence, and prepare. Given the story’s time span, readers can accept that propulsion, weapon, and material technologies that exist on the fringe of science today become reality by the plot’s climax.

I found myself dreaming about how I would save the world if I were the main character, and step after step, Mays weaves a tight, consistent, and crafty plot. It’s an amazing novel.

There are far fewer rough edges than seen in most first novels, but I withheld the fifth star for those few passages where I noticed the author’s voice on the page instead of the voices of his characters.

Disclaimer – I am a fellow author published under the Stealth Books imprint, and I received a free Advanced Reader Copy of this book.


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