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Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) Paperback – June 26, 2011
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"... It's a quick moving book that held my interest from prologue to epilogue. It strikes me as an alternate future much like the alternate histories that have been written. The style is like the writings of Dick Marcinko (who is acknowledged as an influence)..." ~Doug DePew 'Military Memoirs' - Amazon Reviewer - July 29, 2011
"...It takes a speculative look at today's politics and puts an extreme spin on them that can be rather comical, but also very scary. In some ways it is a reminder that we can never be lulled into a false sense of security about our freedoms, ..." ~Mistress of The Dark Path "Suzie" - Amazon Reviewer - August 12, 2011
"...This book is a great mixture of action and details. It is more geared toward the military minded but it was a great read." ~TheGinreading - Amazon Reviewer - January 29, 2012
"...I like fast paced! It was EXCITING-EXCITING AND THEN IT GOT EXCITING!!! I JUST LOVED IT SO MUCH!!! Lots of action and fun for the heart!!!" ~Vonda Norwood - Amazon Reviewer - March 31, 2012
"...The reader is whisked from a clandestine covert mission in Iran to the inhospitable ranges of southwest Texas. In between you are introduced to a highly professional group of men and women who take protecting their country...very seriously no matter what office they hold..." ~Jeff Dawson 'Direktor59' - Amazon Reviewer - April 26, 2012
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Deb shoots Deano a hard look and grits her teeth so hard she snaps the end of her cigar which flies out the window.
Mac orders, "Deb, stop!"
Deb says, "It's just a scratch. I'll worry about it later."
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Top customer reviews
The story, while long in narration, is excellent and the action continuous. Moreover, this book clearly reflects real passion on the part of the authors
A comment on style.
The presence of the narrator’s point of view is often more obtrusive than I prefer. For example, instead of
He hands the box to Deb since he figures it might be delicate equipment that she would know best how to store. He turns to the team, ” (Location 298 of 11424)
I would prefer that the character himself reveal his thoughts through actions and conversation.
He hands the box to Deb.
“Here, this could be delicate equipment, you know best how to store it.”
He turns back to the others.
In my opinion handling more text through actions and conversations can result in a considerably shorter text. But hey! It’s a free country (and will stay that way if the authors have any thing to say about it.)
The authors can choose whatever style they prefer as long as the story is a good one.
A comment on plot and story.
The authors make their style work. The fictional story line is sufficiently “true to life” and relatable to potentially real events, with only some exaggerated characters. This book has action, plenty of it, plus a first rate plot that kept me reading all the way through.
A comment on information content.
This book is full of information on military and security matters. I'm biased here. I like books that inform, and this one presents military and security tactics (and weaponry) in realistic detail, lots of detail. A glossary at the end helps a great deal. I was familiar with a number of the terms and did not find the glossary until I had finished reading, but was able to find those items on which I was confused and resolve any confusion
Comments on the characters.
Refreshingly, the good guys (women and men) in this book are warriors. And the need for cohesiveness in a unit is stressed in this story. Trust! The members of a unit must be able to trust one another for their survival. Additionally there are romantic interests that contribute to the narrative.
Warnings, politics and violence.
Through the means of their fictional narrative the authors present a clear political viewpoint, pertinent to the present environment. As a reviewer, I can read and enjoy a good story whether or not my personal opinions are reflected in those of the characters. If however, one wants a politically neutral story, this book may not be for you. Also there are violent scenes, and at least one sexually disturbing "torture" scene.
I started this series by reading the second book but it just gave me more insight into their characters.
In a world where we worry about terrorists this book gives you hope and the knowledge that there are good guys in the world.
Today, a lot of books are being written as suspense thrillers surrounding our current President and the terrible path the country is being propelled with a potential chance of "no return." Some are good while others are best forgotten. This one falls right in the middle of the road.
The reader is whisked from a clandestine covert mission in Iran to the inhospitable ranges of southwest Texas. In between you are introduced to a highly professional group of men and women who take protecting their country (from enemies:foreign and domestic) very seriously no matter what office they hold. Yep, that includes the president.
The parts I found most intriguing were the well thought out plots and how they (in the end) tie together nicely. Imagine being part of an elite group carrying out the assigned mission and have it successfully sabotaged (this was a very good twist) while carrying it out and then all your contacts are recalled to Washington or fired while being in enemy territory. How's that for a starter? The group makes it back to friendly lines only to find themselves in the middle of thwarting an invasion by extremely hostile forces. The group consisting of Mac, Deb, JD, TK, Deano and a few other characters (along with a pick-up from the US Embassy) make their way back to Texas to work for their former (burned) boss of the CIA, Bill Winchester.
At times the story line is a bit hard to fathom with so much going on in a very short time frame. The characters never get a chance to breath and regroup. It does distract from the story a bit when it comes to believability.
This is the first government thriller by Lynn Hallbrooks and David McCoy. Not too bad for a first attempt. The plot is well thought out. The characters are believable but need more bite to them. They seldom have their own "sense of worth." They appear to be "cookie cutter" and require more depths of quality. At times the dialog is sweeping and captivating while at others, it drags a bit with too many inserts on whose talking. This can be easily remedied.
Will there be a possible sequel? Read the book for your own determinations. Oh, there appears to be a mole in the group, or is there? I will be getting the next one in the series to see if my convictions and suspicions are correct.
Good job David and Lynn.