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Z: The Final Countdown (The Green Berets Book 6) by [Mayer, Bob]
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Although retired from the US Army, Dave Riley is not out of the action as he battles crafty villains and a deadly pestilence in southwestern Africa in this sixth installment of Mayer's absorbing and well-written series (Cut-Out, 1995, etc.). Now a civilian security specialist hired to protect Satellite News Network correspondent Conner Young, the exSpecial Forces warrant officer accompanies his comely charge to Angola, where she's covering a multinational mission to end the civil strife that's racked the onetime Portuguese colony since it gained independence in 1975. After overrunning rebel strongholds and establishing a base camp along the Zairean border, the Green Berets in the UN's vanguard are stopped cold by the outbreak of a virulent plague. Quarantined with Conner and a handful of soldiers who have also been exposed to whatever's in the air, Dave apprehensively follows the unavailing attempts of epidemiologists who have been flown in from the States to deal with the highly contagious disease they refer to as ``Z.'' Released from hot-zone confinement to escort the medical team on a fact-finding mission, he helps determine that man, not nature, has unleashed the lethal virus. With an assist from the National Security Agency, American commanders soon identify the likely culprit as Pieter Van Wyks, head of the syndicate that effectively controls the world's diamond trade. Aware that the avaricious mining magnate has stockpiled vaccine that can reverse the invariably fatal course of Z, the Pentagon details Dave to lead a small band of nothing-left-to-lose troopers in an airborne assault on the cartel's strongly defended headquarters on the Namibian coast. Though on his last legs and facing die-hard adversaries, the old soldier will manage to beat the odds. A ripping good biotech/military thriller that plausibly depicts the high costs (psychological and otherwise) of combating unseen enemies. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

About the Author

West Point Graduate, former Green Beret and NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has had over 50 books published. He has sold over five million books, and is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins concept. He's been on bestseller lists in thriller, science fiction, suspense, action, war, historical fiction and is the only male author on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll. Born in the Bronx, Bob attended West Point and earned a BA in psychology with honors and then served as an Infantry platoon leader, a battalion scout platoon leader, and a brigade recon platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division. He joined Special Forces and commanded a Green Beret A Team. He served as the operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and with Special Operations Command (Special Projects) in Hawaii. Later he taught at the Special Forces Qualification Course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, the course which trains new Green Berets. He lived in Korea where he earned a Black Belt in Martial Arts. He's earned a Masters Degree in Education.

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  • File Size: 1151 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
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  • Publisher: Cool Gus Publishing (January 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z1TUW4
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The book was like read reading a history lesson with a political motivation. Too many loose ends combined with then endless typos, that plague all Mayer's ebooks, make this attempt at entertainment luke warm at best.

Save your money.

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Riley is working as Connor’s bodyguard as she covers a war in Angola. In the midst of the turmoil, he, Connor, and some Special Force soldiers are infected by an Afghan soldier suffering from a mysterious virus (with a 90% mortality rate).

The Army learns of the viral outbreak us via footage that Connor shot. Two Epidemiologists are sent to try to locate the source of the virus and hopefully a cure (or at least a vaccine). I wondered a bit about this. With such a horribly lethal and unknown virus on the loose, you would figure they would send a plethora of epidemiologists, virologists, etc. I guess they thought two were enough.

The virus is named “Z” since it is the last letter and represents the end.

I didn't quite get the villain's motives.
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Bob Mayer has converted his Dave Riley novels from techno action adventure to plodding political narrative. In this latest novel the real action is limited to the final 20 or 30 pages. A far cry from the almost non-stop action in eyes of the hammer and dragon sym 13.

Riley's removal from the military is also less then effective. Why would the actual military personnel involved allow him to do what he does? Another question unanswered is what happened to Sgt. Lorne? He was just dropped in mid story.

Mayer, who I have always found to write an enjoyable book, may be just searching for a new direction or a new main character. Hopefully his next work will once again earn a "ten"
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David Riley seemed to gradually become a side-tracked stand-by player instead of a main character since ETERNITY BASE. This book has also become so boring for its tranditional writing format of sectional cuttings/pasting technique. The Reader has to digress from lot of scenes and incidents to and fro, and Riley himself has also become a vague shadow and/or a bystander. Using Conner(another shadowy character who reader won't be too impressed or appreciated)to wipe out the identity of Riley, and using a non-gender name CONNER for a female character, also jeopardised a more possibly vivid background. B.M. should focus more on Riley instead of on other characters as well as too many unnecessry, over-described, interwoven military incidents. This book made me feel like reading a military briefing, and it was very boring! All the characters were lifeless like cut-out carboard figures who looked back at you with dead eyes. Let's go back to enjoy his more focused CUT-OUT or SYNBAT. This one and the former ETERNITY BASE, both were out-of-focus downhilled writings. Neither is recommended. Sorry, no cigar again
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Ho hum. I don't see how anyone could give this 4 stars unless they were in the service and were familiar with all those Departments, Weapons and factions in those countries. Too many character's too confusing. I didn't think they were strong characters at all. I almost got into Riley and Connor's but still I couldn't stomach this book. I read about 30% of it according to my Kindle and I couldn't go any further. I have read 80 books so far this year so it is not that I am not a reader but this is one I didn't like at all. I rarely do not finish a book. Only one so far this year. I think I read that this writer served in the military and I thank him for that and maybe he will take some of this criticism and try again.
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Bob Mayer is a very good writer. He's got the background to draw on to tell a good tale. The main characters are well developed and fun to follow through several books. I'm a fan. This book deals with a viral outbreak in sub-Saharan Africa. The story is close enough to what you read in the news to be pretty frightening. The action is pretty non-stop.
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It's a good story, but you kind of feel like you've read and/or seen it before through movies or other books. It's an OK read and you get an insight into how it might feel to be infected with a life-threatening disease and feel your body decaying slowly while your mind no longer works as it used to - when you need it to the most. Not that great compared to some of the other books in the series, but still worth buying ! If nothing else then at least to complete it :) All kidding aside...it's an OK read as I said, but the plot felt too familiar. The thing that sets it apart are some of the bi-characters - they feel like real people and sometimes you're sad when they die or happy when they don't - that part of the book is VERY successful.
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Riley finds himself in Angola fighting a microscopic virus that is killing soldiers within a week of exposure. The US special forces come to his aid and help mankind rid the virus. Good story about the diamond capital of the world
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