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Black Site: A Delta Force Novel Hardcover – January 31, 2012
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It's not bad, and I would encourage others to check out the book if the price is right, but ultimately it didn't live up to the Vince Flynn or Brad Thor expectations.
For those who don't yet know "Dalton Fury" was Maj. Greer's pen name. What he wrote about came largely from his own experience.
Kill Bin Laden was enjoyable.
We'll done, and RIP to the man behind the name "Dalton Fury"...
The book by introducing us to Kolt "Racer" Raynor, former Delta Force operator and troop leader who has fallen on hard times after an operation went wrong and he got bounced from the unit. He's a train wreck, and shortly finds himself falling even further. He is offered the opportunity to help out his former teammates by going undercover and participating in an operation through a PMC, and jumps at the opportunity. The op that led to him departing Delta and the army led to the death of several of his comrades, as well as the capture of others. He can help, and therefore he must go to wipe the stain of his own person. It should be noted here that Racer is somewhat unique in the stories built around special operators in that he is an officer. Usually officers in military fiction hover somewhere between incompetent roadblocks and nefarious villains, here they seem like actual, competent huma beings.
There are the usual machinations of preparation and such, and just enough jargon and technology to keep you interested. This book is not Reflexive Fire, jack Murphy's initial foray into full-on fiction, or The Profession by Steven Pressfield. The tech does not beat you over the head, and it is not particularly outcome determinative. It is the people that matter, from the PMC suits to the unseen politicians, generals, and senior CIA executives. The book moves along smoothly, the story keeping you engaged as it builds towards the climax. The cliffhanger is well done, and overall you will walk away from this wanting more from this author.
There is currently a considerable amount of discussion regarding Tier One Operators writing about their experiences. Dalton Fury walks this tight rope a bit to far on the cautious side, in my opinion. This could be because he is trying to focus the writing on the people and the story, instead of the technology and the tactics. Compared with other recent market entries, there is significantly less use of military phrases and terms, and the description of weapons, equipment, and operational details is stripped way down. It works for his style of storytelling, and combined with the lack of overall conspiracy theories, it is a great first effort.
To follow that book up with this one was awesome. This book, while most certainly containing some action hero parts, is a very cool, very accessible insight into Special Forces actions.
Written by an actual Delta Forces commander under his nom de plume Dalton Fury; this book will keep you on the edge of your seat till the end. And it's only the first book in the series!