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Direct Action (A Deckard Novel) (Volume 3) Paperback – February 12, 2014
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Jack Murphy is a Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group. Murphy is the New York Times Bestselling author of REFLEXIVE FIRE, TARGET DECK, and DIRECT ACTION. He also co-authored the non-fiction work, BENGHAZI: THE DEFINITIVE REPORT which exploded the true story behind what really happened when the US consulate in Libya came under attack. Having left the military in 2010 after serving three combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. He has penned numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, on national television, and on syndicated radio.
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I recently bought and read the kindle version of Direct Action, and blew thru it, as I could not put it down.
I just had to find out how Deck was going to pull his nuts out the various vises he was in, not including Nadi, who is smoking hot btw…
I’ve seen your stuff on SOFREP, the Ranger interviews, and usually blow s*** laughing when I watch…
I was not a Ranger, just a Psyop puke back in the day, but did train and work with Rangers and SF dudes at Bragg, and some of the stories and events are universal, and I do have a couple of good Ranger friends, and they talk s*** all the time…
It is good to see a fellow troop make it, especially as an author, and now in your position at SOFREP with Brandon et al…
Keep at it..
I was actually quite surprised at your comment that “folks,” in the SOF club wanted you dead for writing/detailing the event in Direct Action, now if only 10% of what you wrote is true and accurate, chilling to me on so many levels.
Keep in mind, I was out in ’87, so we did not have to deal with the current situations that you and yours did and do on a daily basis….
I think it was easier for us back then…
I found Decks, and the rest of the characters to be spot on from what I can recall, and know of todays SOF tribes, but many of their actions appalling, but again, this is a different war….
The recent revelation of a Ranger off in Syria, reinforces the premise of the book too, and add credence to the plot….
So, you have a fan, as I like and enjoy this genre and will tell my mates who can read, :-) to get your stuff and add to their library..
I look forward to reading your posts on FB and SOFREP, and future books as well…
Well done and congrats, watch your six…..
This one starts off in Afghanistan where Navy Chief David McAtee and his team of SEALS were on overwatch out in the boonies. Their hide site had been compromised and they had been on the run for four hours. After two hours contact with them was lost.
Because of bad weather and the fact that a CH-47 helo filled with Rangers has been shot out of the sky a month ago the SEAL platoon Quick Reaction Force would not be sent. The higher ups didn't want any more bad publicity. The four man recon team could be written off.
Master Chief Bill Geddes leading another four man recon team was pissed. McAtee was a friend. He and his team headed out to find him and his team.
What they found when they finally got there was savage beyond belief. It was something that turned Geddes and his team into the worst kind of killers.
Enter Deckard. He's in a safe house in Las Vegas after he and his teammates from Samruk International had smashed through a conspiracy that stretched from Mexican drug cartels to a Private Military Company that had been training Iranian terorists in the Nevada desert.
Right now Deckert, Pat, Aghassi, Nikita and Kurt were poring over documents they had taken from a special activities center for G3 Communications Corporation.
One document caught Deckards interest. A roster for a G3 subsidiary registered in the UAE. A roster listed 150 employees as maintenace workers. The men on the roster were from all over the world and Deckard doubts they are in the UAE to clean toilets or mop floors.
So begins one damned fine read.
This one has Deckard undercover, Samruk International, Pat, Aghassi, death, murder, bombs, old enemies, new enemies,a bunch of Spec Ops guys gone bad,jihadists, a beautiful woman and Deckard in the middle of it trying to stop the threat of WW III.
Just one great read and kudo's to an author who talks the talk and actually walks the walk. Five stars and then some. Waiting for the next Deckard novel.
The only aspect that lets Direct Action and Target Deck down is that the books were seemingly not proofread by a professional editor. Reflexive Fire was fine but these other two suffer from oddly placed words that sometimes require reading a passage multiple times to figure out what the author truly meant. Norm Crosby also visits from time to time; an example being a reference to stalking a query. I don't really hold this against the author as most of the errors are excusable for him; but not for the editor.
Despite, the proofreading issues, I find all of Murphy's books to be quite engaging and well worth the time spent reading them. I'm eager for the next Deckard novel to hit the shelves.
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