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- Publication Date: March 29, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VED54C6
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Where the story does fall a little flat is in the characterization. In general, the characters are fairly one dimensional and a tad bland. We are told that the three men sent undercover in the Islamic state are the best at what they do, but very little happens on page to showcase this. I would have preferred to see the three of them perform more Selous Scout activity, actually showing more detecting, deceiving, disrupting, delaying and destroying. We see the main character carrying out a bit of low level espionage, commit a high level assassination and rescue, but very little is shown of him or his other two spies actually disrupting and sabotaging the Islamic state from within. That would have been fun to read. Overall, though I still enjoyed the novel, just wish the characterization was stronger and that it was a bit longer, although it does move at a fairly brisk pace. Bring on the sequel!
The story was well paced, flowing from segment to segment without lingering too long in a any one place. The technical data could have been less, especially the paragraph listing the stats of the sniper rifle - that was the one section I actually skipped. Some other terms threw me off and made me pause to remember or research what they were, even if they did support the feeling of authenticity.
I have never been in the Middle East, on a battlefield, or in a covert operation, so I cannot attest to the accuracy or the feasibility of the story and its setting, but as a layman I can say that the story felt authentic enough to draw me in and make me believe this could be how it could happen.
I am very much looking forward to reading the next installment of Ethan Galaal's adventures.
Thank you, Mr. Hooke, for the entertainment and keep on writing. I can definitely say you are one of my favorite authors.
The research is impeccable. What weaponry does the Islamic State use to fight its wars? What technology does it use to spread propaganda? What vehicles? What supplies? What technology does the clandestine wings of the United States use to carry out spec ops? What about MI6? The answers lie in this book, and it is all completely plausible and thoroughly researched.
The characters make you feel. You will get a warm blush from the love interest, and feel pity for the foreign fighters that go to fight to die. You will laugh at the conversations between fellow spec ops. By the end of it, you too will want to fight where you are needed. You’ll never find another author like Isaac Hooke.
Hooke's two most recent novels feature a team of undercover black ops DIA operatives imbedded in Syria, and later Iraq, to surveille and disrupt the violent efforts of ISIS to establish a Caliphate in the region.
The team of Ethan Galaal, William, Doug and Aaron, headed by Sam, slog through vicious battles and harrowing trips through the region aided by high-tech equipment to halt the Islamic State and aid the innocents of the area.
These action-packed stories are truly page turners!
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Glad that I took a chance on it as it is very early hours Sunday morning and I only downloaded it late on Thursday night especially considering I was working both Friday and Saturday
That was a few decades and desert wars ago . . .
From Eastern Europe through 9/11 to the Middle East, the thriller novel has changed—and I caught a glimpse of it in Isaac Hooke’s Clandestine. A bloody, gunpowder-exploding-fast drop into the corporate world of private contractors, spies, and fiery spirits.