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Cut Out (The Green Berets Book 4) by [Mayer, Bob]
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Book 4 of 9 in The Green Berets (9 Book Series)
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Mayer's Green Beret hero, Chief Warrant Officer Dave Riley (SYNBAT), returns to take on the mob and corrupt government officials in a well-paced but didactic tale about the compromising of the Federal Witness Protection Program. When Philip Cobb, former mob money launderer and current government informer, is murdered just as he is about the enter the Program, his wife, after calling an emergency Program number only to be nearly gunned down herself, turns for help to her brother, who contacts his old girlfriend, Donna Giannini, now a Chicago cop. Giannini (who appeared in SYNBAT) in turn asks her old pal Riley to keep Lisa alive while she finds out what went wrong. The rest of the narrative pits the warrior skills and state-of-the-art special-ops technology of Riley and his men against two groups of professional killers and the heinous federal officials behind one of them. While Riley's high-tech gadgets are interesting, neither he, the rest of the characters nor the story line rises much above pulp level. Moreover, too often Mayer uses his characters to voice political opinions (of Vietnam, one says, "I spent three years fighting a war that no one even talks about anymore. A war that some assholes in Washington started and then pissed away.") Still, with its maximum quotient of action and violence, this entry should appeal to fans of the series.
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KirkusReviews. "Sinewy writing enhances this already potent action fix.  An adrenaline cocktail from start to finish."
BookNews: "Long on action and detail, the novel is credible and articulate. Recommended!"
PublishersWeekly review:  "With its maximum quotient of action and violence, this entry should appeal to fans of the series."

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  • File Size: 2323 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
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  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (November 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X27PJA
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Format: Hardcover
The fourth Dave Riley book and well worth the wait. This one has Riley assisting a lady friend from the previous book, a Chicago police detective, with a Mob member who goes into the Witness Security Program. Things go wrong as people are murdered, hired killers pursue Riley and company across the wilderness to a terrific climax. No one can be trusted, phones are tapped, ruthless professional hit men and government agents are using all their skills and power to stop the witness and his wife and whoever they are with. Then Riley enters the picture and with his military skills and courage tries to outwit the killers. Great storyline, the plot is filled with turns and corners. Fresh dialog and smooth action scenes propel the reader into this nebulous and dangerous world. Good stuff, Bob. More Dave Riley. I am currenly waiting for Eternity Base and I cannot locate a copy of Z anywhere. Keep up the great work, Robert, the ending to this one sizzles. Also, check out The Line and The Gate (written as Bob McGuire) for more adventures with a twist.
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Let's face it, these are guy "romance novels". In times of personal stress, lawsuits by ex-wives, psychic attacks by a world out to bash middle aged men, these books are necessary for sanity.

So they must be streamlined, easy to read, have great action scenes, involve one man heroically against the odds, saving the world. It is fascinating to see in these books a reflection of our current societal myths. No longer do we see the one lone man, aided by a loving woman, saving the world with the help of America! Now it's America itself that needs saving, by one man and a woman who is his equal in cunning and violence.

So, when I pick up a book, I want to be lost for a few hours, immersed in another world. This book does not disappoint, it is excellent for what it is.

Melvin Morse
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I assume the military training session in the opening (Chapter 2) was supposed to remind us who Dave Riley was, but it had nothing to do with the main plot. That section could've been cut down by at least fifty-percent, maybe more, and nothing would've been lost.

I couldn't help but laugh at the glitch in storytelling that took place on page 30 of the Kindle version. She (Jill Fastone) pulled the silenced pistol out of her purse and aimed it squarely at his (Philip Cobb) chest. "You first and then your wife when she gets back." But only two paragraphs later, Jill Fastone tells Philip Cobb that he first needs to tell her where the money is before she kills him. Trying to get information from someone after you've already told them you're going to kill them would seem to me to be highly counterproductive. Maybe the writer just wanted to show how stupid Jill Fastone was. Unfortunately, the scene played out in a different direction before I was able to see if Philip Cobb was as stupid as Jill Fastone.

The story moved along at a very nice pace, with interesting twists and turns, until about two thirds of the way through the novel, and then the pace slowed dramatically. There was a lot of time and words (many chapters) spent getting both the protagonists and the antagonists from multiple Point A's to a singular Point B in the Smoky Mountains. At times it read like a travelogue. I didn't think it added anything to the story, and thus a whole chunk of the book was very disappointing to me.

The final action scenes between the good guys and the bad guys were fun to follow and they were enjoyably exciting. I thought those final action scenes were the best in the whole story.

However, the ending was a huge disappointment.
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Format: Hardcover
Bob Mayer puts together plots that make you squirm with
anticipation and revel in their culmination.
The obligatory comparisons to clancy and his ilk will come
up (doubtedlessly) but Mayer writes a unique book that skips through
the grandstanding and posturing typical of the genre.
Instead of simply glorifying warfare he tells it like it is:
The reader is left satisfied with a hearty, real serving
of military thriller without the sugarcoating.
His wry digs at government screw-ups are delicious -- and reek
of accuracy.
I anticipate the (soon to be released) next book to come from this great, and still developing author.

This book, Cut-Out, strings a complex, rich plot of corruption in the U.S. Witness Security Program, a topic that hasn't been beaten to death by the other writers in this market. Mayer has a knack for choosing issues that no one has explored, and exploits them to build books you finish, put down, shake your head and grin.

--Synbat is a close tie with this for his best work.
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Five stars for this book. Fast paced. Well written. Believable characters. And - a great story. What more could a thriller reader ask for. My only complaint, I couldn't put it down. So -Don't start until you have time to finish, and I suppose that really isn't a complaint at all. Thanks for the good read, Mr. Mayer.
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Bob Myer is a very talented story teller. He's one of my favorite authors. This book is an enjoyable read. In this story, a special operations warrant officer has to unwind a conspiracy from the inside. He doesn't know who to trust, or if he will make it out alive. The people that he should be able to trust, may have other agendas. A fast paced read.
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