- File Size: 4131 KB
- Print Length: 1605 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: January 11, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HQ9Z8WS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
MAC WALKER: The Complete Mac Walker Collection Kindle Edition
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In the first story, "Mac Walker's Bullet," Walker is in Somalia, and the mission he's successfully completed involved eliminating a rather nasty Somali pirate/gunrunner/all around sleaze. Unfortunately, right after he shot the pirate, Walker himself was shot by one of the warlord's associates, and he now has to make his way several miles, on foot, bleeding and badly wounded, to the border to Ethiopia and safety. To make matters worse, the same guy who shot him comes looking for Walker as well.
Naturally, there's a rather violent confrontation, both with guns and hand-to-hand, when Walker and the man who shot him meet. Ulsterman makes the fight scene (which takes up about one-third of the story) exciting, suspenseful, and surprisingly refreshing simply by having Walker's guns misfire and malfunction. Instead of blasting the bad guy to bits in two seconds, Walker finds himself in a fight for his life, and, due to his weakened physical condition, it's not clear whether he can survive. It's no real spoiler to say Walker does survive (otherwise Ulsterman's series would end with this story), but, thanks to the clever way in which Ulsterman set up the scene, readers are genuinely curious to see how that's going to happen.
"Bullet" doesn't end when Walker's fight with the Somali soldier does, however. He still has to make his way back to safety, and Ulsterman takes up several more pages describing that in enough detail to make readers cringe. I've never been shot (and I hope never to be shot), but this story does about as good a job as I can recall of describing the feeling in terms with which readers can empathize. Ulsterman also figures out an ingenious way for Walker to take his mind off his pain as much as possible.
"Mac Walker's Hunted" pits Walker against an even tougher adversary, a rogue grizzly bear that's been threatening Walker and the people with whom he's living in a remote part of Alaska. The bear has already claimed one victim, and, as the resident with the most military training, Walker takes it upon himself to go after the bear.
The bulk of the story revolves around Walker's pursuit of the bear. Ulsterman doesn't get into the finer points of woodsmanship or describe how Walker attempts to track down the bear. Instead, he is interested in the battle itself, and he has taken great care to ensure that the two combatants are relatively evenly matched. Instead of being in full combat gear, Walker has a state-of-the-art hunting rifle, a pistol, and a knife, period (not even night vision goggles). As for the bear, it's got plenty of height, weight, teeth, claw and almost preternatural savvy. Naturally, the two tangle, in a couple of exciting, well-written, close range combat scenes. Although readers can probably guess the outcome, Ulsterman makes it clear that Walker is in actual life threatening danger and his descriptions of the combat are enough to keep readers on edge.
"Hunted" isn't quite as good as the other two stories in the collection, however, because the author gets into a bit of a discussion of the political reasons behind Walker's coming to live in the Alaskan wilderness. This story is an extension of some other books the author has written about this community, but the political angle is really unnecessary here and slows the story down a bit.
While "Bullet" and "Hunted" are well-written, but somewhat standard adventure stories, the third story in the collection, "Mac Walker's Regret" is on another level entirely. After reading the story, I was given a look at something considerably more profound than what I encountered in the other two stories, namely, a brief demonstration of the horrors of war brought home simply and powerfully.
In "Regret," Walker is in the Sudan, trying to arm and train a group of Christian villagers to defend themselves against the bands of marauding militant thugs who periodically terrorize them. He befriends one local boy named Musa, who calls Walker simply "America." One day, a couple of jeeps carrying some of the militants try to attack the village, and only Walker stands in their way.
Ulsterman can describe action scenes well, using short, punchy sentences and paragraphs, and his account of the ensuing firefight is crisp and professional. The shootout is fairly short and, eventually, somewhat suspenseful, but Ulsterman isn't aiming for suspense here. Instead, he concentrates on depicting the bigger picture, the effect the firefight has on the villagers and on Walker, a seemingly hardened combat veteran. The firefight winds up having a profound effect on Walker (the title of this story is no accident), far more of an effect than an enemy bullet would have.
"Regret" surprised me in a very positive way. I expected a meat-and-potatoes action story and, instead, got something that tugged at the emotions, taking a couple of surprising twists along the way. Instead of a flag-waving gung ho American simply blasting a group of enemy slimeballs to bits, I got a eye opening reminder than war is never as cut and dry as it may seem and that there's far more death and destruction resulting than any actual glory.
Overall, both “Bullet” and “Hunted” are exciting, suspenseful, action stories. “Regret” is one of the best short stories I’ve read on Amazon, a thought provoking reflection on the nature of war itself. Overall, this collection definitely merits a five-star rating.
I thoroughly enjoyed the "protagonists" in the book and how they interacted. All were very human.
The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was sometimes I felt the author went too far in his imagination: the programed killing robots were disgusting how the author vividly described the way they accomplished their missions.
I would like some help from the other reviewers or even from the author. Usually when i find something very thought provoking I save it, but I got so caught up in the plot that only after I had finished reading the collection, did I remember advice that had been given to either Mac's or bear's father . It was something very short just three words meant to help deal with the problems/decisions in life.
I tried to find it but I couldn't. I would be grateful if someone remembers the advice and to whom it was said. If someone remembers, please just respond to my review.
Thanking you in advance.
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Very very scary thought..
If it ever does, I hope there is some one like Mac, to guide some of us n...Read more