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SEAL Team 13 Kindle Edition
It’s been ten years since a mysterious incident in the South China Sea annihilated a US Navy destroyer and its Navy SEAL team. Only one man survived this horrific tragedy. Now, as more of these strange, supernatural events are happening around the world—with deadly consequences—the US Navy calls on sole survivor Harold “Hawk” Masters to put a stop to the evil forces behind these crimes.
Masters reluctantly returns, dispatched to lead an elite team of soldiers like him—all survivors of the terrifying, evil deeds of “the other side.” As these frightening events escalate at an alarming rate, SEAL Team 13 is put to the test, battling malevolent undead creatures that threaten the security of the nation—and the world.
But not everyone supports the government’s new interest in facing off against the unnatural forces that threaten the welfare of its citizens. Could Hawk Masters’ secret military force also be forced to fight shadowy opponents from within?
From world-building author Evan Currie, SEAL Team 13 is a dark, riveting, and action-packed tale of military intrigue and supernatural horror.
About the Author
Evan Currie is the bestselling author of the Odyssey One series, the Warrior’s Wings series, and more. Although his post-secondary education was in computer sciences, and he has worked in the local lobster industry steadily over the last decade, writing has always been his true passion. Currie himself says it best: “It's what I do for fun and to relax. There's not much I can imagine better than being a storyteller.”--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00BQHQBDG
- Publisher : 47North (November 5, 2013)
- Publication date : November 5, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3960 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 337 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,421 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I've got the audible version and like all of his books the narration is spot on, making it feel like you're listening to a radio show from YEARS ago.
This book captivated me not only for the "flying in from left field" mythology and history references popping up, but more than anything for the interplay between the characters on the team. Oh, and the sarcasm and sardonic wit.
As one might expect from a story centered around highly-competent, mission-oriented military operators (and some not-so-military but still grimly determined other professionals), there's not a lot of deeply introspective angst going on here. No one asks "are we doing the right thing ?" when faced with genuine monsters. And a lot of backstory is not explained in this book. But . . .
This morning when I got up, I immediately looked for more in the series. Really hoping for more. You listening, Mr. Currie ?
If you want a fast-paced and engrossing action/adventure novel with a realistic feel and military basis, you will like this book. Currie's knowledge of (or research and advice on) current weaponry and tactics adds a realistic feel to the book that is much beyond many other military action/adventure books.
It's impossible for me to discuss this book without mentioning the similar-but-different "Monster Hunter, Inc" series by Larry Correia. I won't go into a comparison here, other than to say if you like Monster Hunters, Inc., you will like this book, and vice versa.
Realistic feel and actions
Hard to put down
Characterization is adequate, but not deep. Not a psychological thriller if that is what you are looking for.
Could have been longer without feeling stretched. Some of the characters are too lightly fleshed out and some actions that were just mentioned as a transition could have been expanded to strengthen the story line and enjoyment.
The ending felt a bit abrupt. The story line wrapped up by the end of the book, but left many open issues. That won't bother me as much if Currie writes another few books to make this book into the start of a series.
In these not very creative times the pattern seems to be that whenever there is a big hit book, play, or TV show--be it a Western, Cop, Lawyer, quirky family or group of friends or roommates, spy/special ops, Zombie or Vampire themed entertainment--there follows an explosion of imitative books, TV shows, and stage plays on the same theme.
I've read and enjoyed pretty much all of the SF that Curie has written, and normally I avoid supernatural/horror/vampire themed books, because I think that vampire/zombie themed books/TV shows are just the current, widely imitated "big thing," and that they are, from my experience, usually pretty crappy.
However, given Currie's track record I decided to read Seal Team 13, which turned out to be just as formulaic and imitative as I had feared, featuring a plot reminiscent of a lot of other books I have read, stock characters, and one of the things I really don't like seeing in a story, a hero who--very unrealistically--takes an enormous beating and still manages to win and survive, afterward limping along, but not dead, nor apparently headed for intensive care and/or due for many months of recuperation and rehabilitation, and still perhaps permanently crippled, as would be the case in real life.
This first volume looks like the setup for a series, but I hope not.
To compound my frustration with this book is Currie's over-the-top style of the prose. It's like Robert Ludlum on steroids. His past books didn't seem so overblown in the dialogue and descriptions.
All of that said, the question is will I read the other books that will surely follow? I told my wife about all this and she asked me that question about halfway through the book. I told her I would likely only read more if I got hooked into the characters and general storyline. So, I guess the answer is "Yes", I'll keep reading, but there is a limit on my willingness to stretch. If nothing else, it serves to remind me why I should never have anything to do with Twilight.
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Why is it so difficult to recommend books IN THE ORDER THEY WERE WRITTEN???
Corporation algorithms tell them what you eat for breakfast but not, apparently, the order in which books are published.
Good job the story was brilliant.
Hawk learns that mythical beings really do exist and after one of them kills almost all of his team, he gets kicked out of the SEALs.
The rest of the book is about him coming in from the cold and organizing a new SEAL team that targets these mythical creatures.
No massive surprises, but the concept of "the veil" is an interesting one and makes for a clever way to differentiate between the normals and the knowers
Perhaps a follow up will improve things and bring us more Kraken but I'm not sure I would take another bite..
This book works around the idea of something called The Veil which separates the supernatural world from the mundane world. When a mundane learns about the supernatural he or she crosses over and attracts the attention of things on the other side. This is talked about a lot - but NOT shown - NOT explored. This was probably the best idea in the book but it's not used at all.
This book uses a formula: Something bad happens in the past to the hero who is damaged by the experience and has his career ruined. Jump forward 10 years. Something similar happens and our hero is called back by superiors who must finally admit that something is going on that they cannot understand. This 'now' scenario scenario is then explored by military operators and extremely cool people(TM) with only repeated allusions to the whole veil thing - so many allusions that it became a little irritating.
If it's so important EXPLORE IT! Grrr.
So, I liked the book. It had a flaw. In my opinion.
This is the first non sci-fi book that I've read by Mr. Currie - instead it's more of a military gothic horror effort. Maybe a bit Stargate(ish) but entirely based on Earth. Anyway he does the mix of military gung ho mixed with magic and monsters brilliantly. The story is tight and well written and the dare I say it - fantastical - bits are kept under control so they don't take away from the human aspect of the main protagonists.
The dialogue is great fun, and as per usual Currie has written this properly with literary correctness and good editorial control. He really can write well. To be honest he could easily do a full on thriller in the mode of Tom Clancy - he's easily that good at this genre.
So we have a washed up ex-Seal who has been brought back into the fold because of his knowledge of things that do not fit into the normal scope of conventional military thinking. He has collected a small group of others - soldiers - who have also found out too much about what is behind the 'Veil,' and these gentlemen are brought together to form an unconventional Seal unit with explicit orders to find out what is going on.
Great characterisation, fun OTT characters and a lots of action. It's not going to challenge someone who wants to read Shakespeare but for those looking for a fast paced military-fantasy crossover thriller then this is perfect. Currie is a brilliant find.