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Holding Action (Maelstrom Rising Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 6 in Maelstrom Rising
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- File Size : 3786 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 406 pages
- Publication Date : June 28, 2019
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B07RX8B5WT
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- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
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- Best Sellers Rank: #37,790 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Taking place about a month after the events of ESCALATION, HOLDING ACTION sees Matt Bowen and his Grex Luporum team in Poland, working alongside both American and Polish forces, with a fresh Congressional letter of marque and reprisal in hand. The European Defense Council is attempting to bring Poland to its knees by shutting off their primary supply port, and the Triarii and their (sometimes reluctant) allies race to counter the move, both for their own survival and the survival of the Polish people.
Nealen does two things very well in this book. The first is that, like in ESCALATION, he has a tight, gripping, and congruent canon that spells out how things came to be and the second and third order consequences of those actions. The second is painting a picture of an American empire in decay, showing what kind of battlefield horrors troops will face when they lose air superiority and the enemy has the same or greater technological assets as the United States does. Not only is this realistic, it makes for a more harrowing narrative.
Another thing to be commended is showing the effects of post-traumatic stress on combatants, especially when they haven't had a chance to rotate out and have continued the fight, often on very little sleep and limited supplies.
As always, the action is kinetic, and the reader can rest assured that what they're reading is a glimpse into how combat is, given Nealen's tactical background. His action scenes have always been very well written, and he only continues to hone his art with every novel he publishes.
A well-written tale, and highly recommended for fans of war fiction.
For Pete: excellent work getting Matt into Church! Have knowN you are Catholic from you other writings, THANKS for cleaning up the vernacular,
After 20 years as a Marine, it really does not slow me down, but I too have found Christ, besides your too good an author to need it!
GYSGT RICK ROY
Top reviews from other countries
This story is gathering momentum and some times this momentum can leave the reader trying to figure out who is doing what and with whom.
As this story builds up pace (and there is a LOT of pace) the author sometimes appears to get caught up in the description which, if you are a wizard at military jargon and ‘speak’, may be easier than a mug, like me, who wants to disappear into the story. This being said this is still a great read but it is also an education and, sometimes, I (in particular) struggle to keep up - something like some of the characters who are told ‘get on board or die’.
If you want your action in continuous instalments then this page turner is for you as it is a very good read.
Thank you Mr Nealan - both for the escape and the, rapid fire, education.