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Come back, Shane,
This review is from: Fade (Hardcover)
This is an exciting, can't-put-it-down, thriller, post 911, that asks some interesting if not ancient questions. But I'll get to that in a moment.
Salam al Fayad, Fade, is American born of Middle Eastern parents who finds solace in the service, the SEALs in particular, where he discovers what he is really good at: killing bad guys.
Matt Egan, also coming from humble beginnings, ends up in the SEALs but his forte is thinking the mission out. At the risk of a terribly cliched comment, Egan is the rifle, Fade is the trigger. The two become best of friends until a mission in the Gulf War gets fouled up and Fade takes a bullet in the back, the projectile ending up within a hair of his spinal column. No problem. There's a surgeon with a new procedure that can remove the bullet and Fade, we assume, would be at least mobile again.
But the government gets involved (reference Ruby Ridge and Katrina) and 'they' refuse to pay for the very expensive operation.
Karen Manning is a beautiful, educated, physically powerful SWAT team leader, hated by her colleagues because of her gender, threatened by her bosses who feel incompetant next to her, and, I guess my father would have said, additionally she 'has a mouth on her,' no doubt fueling the fires of resentment and envy.
The government (Homeland Security) now wants Fade back in service but Fade tells them . . . . well there are two words and the last one is 'no.'
So in order to pressure Fade who has buit is farmhouse into something akin to the gunfight at the OK corral, without telling Manning any important information like, Fade was the best they ever saw, they send her and her team to arrest Fade on trumped up charges. And man, that's just in the first 30 pages.
Very exciting novel. But it also asks the question of what we do for the men and women we train to do the hard jobs? Do we turn our backs on them when they are of no more use? That's my reference to Alan Ladd's Shane in the title. Gunfighters, the men of Easy Company, Vietnam veterans. We don't necessarily treat them well.
Mills writes a great story. Certainly one of his best if not the best. And he poses some uncomfortable questions along the way. 5 stars. Larry Scantlebury