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The hero is everything you could hope for in an action-adventure--intelligent, charismatic, honorable, a combat veteran from an elite unit, and just slopping over with badassity. We meet Deckard during a guns-blazing rescue of some POWs from a covert operation gone SNAFU. From there, a mysterious rogue on the ragged fringes of the intelligence community hands him a deep cover assignment as a mercenary commander for Soros and Kissinger-esque insiders from the shadow government. Pretty impressive that these Princes of Darkness can be duped, with the resources at their disposal. Still, Deckard's cover could be blown at any moment.
Deckard organizes and trains a private army on the steppes of Kazakhistan, and leads them on direct-action missions at the behest of his sinister bosses, while tapping into his own substantial resources to find out what these puppetmasters are really up to.
There is no shortage of action in Reflexive Fire. The main characters are warriors, and fighting is what they do. Having winced, groaned, rolled my eyes and gritted my teeth at many authors' attempts to depict military (or paramilitary) operations, it was really satisfying to read a military thriller written with this level of technical accuracy. Afterwards it made me want to have a cigarette and raid the fridge. And I don't even smoke.Read more ›
Ex-Special Forces Operator Deckard is hired to train a unit of Kazakh mercenaries, for what purpose Deckard does not know. He takes the job, but being the inquisitive sort, Deckard moonlights by trying to figure out the purpose behind this private army. While his unit gains experience in the field, Deckard begins to ferret out the reason for his unit's existence, and realizes that perhaps he's been hired by the bad guys. Deckard discovers that the clock is ticking down to doomsday, and he going to need an army to stop it from happening. Fortunately for him, that's just what he has...
The bad guys' evil plan might stretch credibility, and after a while I began thinking that these guys were just insane and delusional rather than having a coherent evil plan. Insane or not, the danger was in the power they wielded. The key point is that the bad guys are up to no good and they've got to be stopped. In any case, I cared less about the evil plan than I did about the cool scenes where Deckard and his team try to figure out what it is, and then go about dismantling it.
With Jack Murphy's Special Forces background, you know that you're going to get some inside information--information about stuff that goes on the in the real world that the public doesn't know (or want to know) about. With most authors, you know they're just making this stuff up, even if they've done their research. With Jack Murphy, you know he's been there and done that, so you wonder where the line is between the made up stuff and where he's drawing upon his real-life experiences.
Reflexive Fire is definitely a page turner, and after this, I wonder what's next in store for Deckard.
If you're like me, a fan of Tom Clancy, Larry Bond, David Poyer and other military techno-thriller writers, but you want a novel that cuts away those extra three hundred pages of dead weight and leaves behind something lean, mean, and thoroughly enjoyable, look no further than Jack Murphy's debut novel.
I am eagerly awaiting the sequel, but in the meantime, If you liked Reflexive Fire, check out Jack Murphy's PROMIS short stories.
I picked up this gem on my I-pad and could not quit turning the pages. There is no need for lengthy character development such as other lesser writers feel they need - it cuts right to the gut of instinctive right and wrong - the hero let's you know right where he stands from roughly 100 pages in.
As I read deeper in I found a very believable, and frightening, cabal wanting to end life as we all know it, the progressive utopia. Be very afraid of any items in here coming true - but the man of the hour comes through. The story flies along from contact to contact and you can easily read in the authors experiences - he has no problem with casualties of characters that you may want to see live for another installment. But such is real life.
For the cost of a good cup of coffee you can get the beginnning, not the end, of a great adventure series.
I flat out can not wait for the next installment of....Justice
P.S. Get the prequel as well, Promis: Vietnam
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice intricate web of Special Forces, Private Military, and Secret Organizations, to culminate a scenario that has roots in the fears of many men. Read morePublished 25 days ago by R. Moore III
This book is loaded, I mean LOADED with specific details of military ordinance. In fact I would call this writer the James Michener of military ordinance fiction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Megamon
The five star ratings this junk received makes me sad for the human race
There really are lots of morons out there
And one of them wrote this junk
It was free, which... Read more
Amazing story and writing from start to finish. This novel makes you dive head first into the action and doesn't let go. Fast-paced action with a kick that I couldn't put down. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cheyenne M
Not even close to reality and the story line is interrupted by philosophical musings by the author.Published 6 months ago by Big Cat
The three key words in the title describes everything this book was for me. Phenomenal author I'm so happy to have discovered.Published 7 months ago by Chris Todd Davis
Jack Murphy is a gifted storyteller and as a veteran of United States special operations he knows war, he knows warriors and he has the ability to put all of that together into a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ryan M.
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