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Reflexive Fire (A Deckard Novel Book 1) by [Murphy, Jack]
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About the Author

Jack Murphy is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group.

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  • File Size: 1144 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
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  • Publication Date: June 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0056ZBWQA
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Since the early 1990s, men's fiction has dwindled to almost nothing. Critics of the genre will point to the abysmal writing in some of the titles during its heyday. I have reason to hope for a resurgence in men's fiction that the critics of the genre won't be able to dismiss easily. I say that because of well-written, hard-hitting novels like Reflexive Fire.

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.
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Jack Murphy's first novel is a foray into the world of modern day mercenaries and the agendas of their shadowy employers. If you like lots of action, some intrigue, and a high bad guy bodycount, you'll love Reflexive Fire.

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.
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From the first chapter to the last, Reflexive Fire kept me turning the pages, eager for more. There is a great blend of para-military action, intrigue, and conspiracy here. As I started the book, I had no idea as to the wild twists and turns the plot might take. Reading this novel, I found myself staying up late every night and into the early morning hours because I simply couldn't put it down.

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.
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Fiction has a new star in the making. This awesome work of fiction (is it really........?) will rank right up there with "Dogs of War" and "The Forever War" in defining a new era in action/adventure novels or genre.
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
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