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- Publication Date: October 1, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0162DUDY6
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Afghan Storm (Nick Woods Book 3) Kindle Edition
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Just six months after their Mexican operation, the team’s been deployed to the sandbox. The objective: Locate and eliminate a Taliban elder whose power and influence has grown to a level that the US predicts will topple the new Afghan government. The Taliban has learned to fear the US and the silent death from Drones so, they’ve relocated their base of operations to the no-man's land of Pakistan. A location so remote and wild that the Pakistani military won't even go there.
Nick and three of his most trusted team members are going in on foot with only the gear they can carry, no identifiable markings, and no support.
As you can guess, their task will not be easy, even for a formidable team like S3. The action in this book comes at you often and fierce as the team tries to locate the communications headquarters hidden in the treacherous mountains. The data dump could be a veritable treasure trove of information on, not just the Taliban but the elusive leader that Nick, S3, and the US is desperate to locate before they can launch their plans to topple the Afghan government.
War is hell and blood will be spilled. The battles will stretch from the mountains of Pakistan to the Presidential Palace in Afghanistan. When China and Iran enter the picture the US finds that a President and government that they've given millions to can switch loyalty just like the tribal people that inhabit the land.
A masterful Taliban strike brings in the US air power. A traitor in the Afghan military will ensure that the US force left in the country will be removed as a threat to the coming attack.
An almost insurmountable fight leaves S3 abandoned and when orders are given to stand down and return to base Nick will have to decide what's more important, going to jail for disobeying an order, or finishing a fight that has cost unimaginable losses.
It's been said that this is the author's best work to date. Having purchased all his previous books I can say with authority that it is true. The thrill and action factor are high and fans of the series will know the cost of war by the end of the book.
Former Marine Sniper Nick Woods, now the head of S3 - a Private Military Contractor service, shoulders a lot of grief & pain from both former military operations, and those with S3 where good friends - brothers - are lost in battle. And many others are wounded. But it's the ones he's closest to that haunt him. For he questions the decisions he made, which may have gotten them killed. In short, Nick Woods is a Company Commander much too close to the men he commands. And it wears on him.
But then, that's what makes the character so viable. And the novels so rich with humanity, compassion, and the black specter of political scandal - all too often leaving his men to suffer. And as S3 grows, its operations become more complicated, requiring more support, meaning Nick can't be everywhere at once. So he leaves that which he can't do (or doesn't understand) in the capable hands of experts hired to do it for him.
That said, Nick Woods is a complicated man. He knows how to do but one thing well. And he does it extremely well. But combat always comes with a cost. And as a former Marine Infantryman & combat veteran, author Stan R. Mitchell is very familiar with the concept.
In this installment, S3 is sent into Afghanistan in search of a Taliban Chieftan, believed to be head of all Taliban forces in country. And not just a Chieftan, but their Spiritual Leader as well. As usual, things are never as simple - or as easy - as planned. And they go downhill from there. No thanks to Afghani cowardice, Taliban determination, and interference from DC.
And I'll just leave it at that. Other than to say that this is fast becoming my favorite series. The writing is crisp. The tension palpable. The action realistic. And the characters drawn by an author who's "been there, done that", and clearly knows their habits, emotions, gear, weapons, etc.
A FIVE STAR READ IF EVER THERE WAS ONE
Deep guerilla expertise, commitment to cause and support of the population are all shown to be used by the Taliban. While the Taliban have treated the people of Afghanistan terribly, slaughtering civilians and treating women and children like cattle, they have managed to gain enough popular support to keep their group going. Unfortunate, but true.
Also very well done is the deep insight into the raiding force themselves. Rather than the typical super hero type narrative, we have instead real people and real soldiers fighting it out. Not like men of steel, but rather trained warriors up against a very tough foe.
This is the best Nick Woods book yet, and shows the evolution of Stan Mitchell to one of the best military/covert action fiction writers. I really hope more people take notice and he gets the praise he deserves! Keep them coming Stan!
By the way, for those of you that read my reviews, you know how super-critical I am. My most frequent rating is 1 star. So, you know when I give out a rare 5 stars like I did here, it is something that I find to be truly exceptional. (Feel free to check out some of my reviews of other authors to see my scathing comments...I don't pull any punches.)