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Proximity: A Novel of the Navy's Elite Bomb Squad Paperback – June 1, 2007
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"Stephen Phillips is the real deal; a Navy EOD Officer and front line operator in the war against terrorism. Proximity is a well crafted thriller-- enthralling, realistic and frightening. Move over Tom Clancy."
- CHUCK PFARRER, author of Warrior Soul and Killing Che
"Steve Phillips is a member of a select group who live by the creed `Initial success or total failure.' EOD Technicians are the special operations community's unsung heroes...until now. Proximity is a great read and hopefully one of many more books by Phillips."
- STEVE WATERMAN, author of Just a Sailor --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Phillips writes from experience, and obviously knows what he's talking about. While the story is fiction, the author draws from his years as a Navy EOD Officer-in-Charge to develop the story and provide the technological balance all good military stories need in order to be believable. He also does an excellent job of developing the personal relationships between the LT and his men, the LT and his Chief Petty Officers, and finally the LT and his wife. The result is a fast moving, completely believable action story that's a great read for those who enjoy military fiction, especially Special Operations.
This insider knowledge, as well as the author's clear love for his subject, carries the reader through some of _Proximity_'s rough spots. The book is full of anecdotes and quips that feel culled Phillips's personal experience, and they serve to give the reader a feel for life inside an EOD unit. However, Phillips sometimes gets lost in the details, serving up episodes that may fascinate other EOD technicians but move the lay reader to skip ahead. Further, the the book feels less like an organic story than a well-fleshed-out outline. Its conflicts resolve themselves too tidily. Its characters, with the exception of the protagonist, feel more like wind-up toys in service to the story than actual people. Its climax feels rushed and unearned.
And yet, the reader can see Phillips develop his voice over the course of the novel. His protagonist is engaging and interesting enough to merit a sequel, and the book really does tell the reader a lot about EOD: I learned more in a few hours of reading it than I did in four years of kicking those lunatics out of the back of my helicopter.
In short, this is a First Novel, with all the awkwardness that implies. Nevertheless, it's an engaging first Novel, written by a guy whose storytelling chops improve before your eyes. I look forward to reading Phillips's second.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read, I was thrown off when I found out it was fiction after downloading. But man it was great. Covered EOD very well and had an awesome storyPublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I picked this up when I had finished with a series, and hadn't anything else lined up to read. I didn't expect much, but was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 1 month ago by IamAndrew
This is more of insight into the EOD community, through storytelling, rather than a Novel. I found it useful in trying to understand the day to day life and what one may... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chicago Gold
I read the authors previous book about Annapolis and Honor. Based on that great book I purchased this. I do not recommend itPublished 3 months ago by MP
This is a story about EOD. It was not what I was expecting. My mind set was I was going to read about specific missions. Overall, I enjoyed it.Published 3 months ago by JoshuaJohn
Great book for anyone interested in the Navy EOD. Strongly recommended! Though I am not an EOD Tech I've been told this book is very accurate!Published 4 months ago
Great book if you served or are familiar with the terms. I can see why others might not understand clearly without searching for the meaning.Published 7 months ago by Edgar Romero