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About the Author
- ASIN : B008LONROI
- Publication date : July 14, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 470 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1479140945
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #502,873 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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A New York journalist and deadly marine sniper make an unlikely pair. But Allen Green and Bobby Ferguson (Nick Woods), after a few false starts, work well together. They had better work well together, because they are the targets of a super-secret black ops unit, with dozens of highly trained killers. Bobby aka Nick is a world class sniper, not just an excellent marksman, but with an uncanny sense of danger enabling him to evade and survive.
He survived Afghanistan, even though his own leaders sold him out. When the FBI kills his wife, he has to flee again. He needs Allen to get his story out to the world, but Allen has been burned, forced to destroy his credibility, and has been framed as a criminal. Working separately, they will lose their lives. Working together, they just might have a chance.
What I Liked:
Stan Mitchell has a military background and it shows. He gets most things right. I noticed only a couple of bobbles (see below). The characters seemed like real people. The bad guys were bad to the bone. The good guys were mostly patriots, even though they strayed far over the line and became vigilantes. But, hey, all in a good cause!
The action was non-stop. The plot was mostly linear, but there were several "all-is-lost" moments which kept the story from becoming predictable. Sure, the broad genre is almost trite. How many stories have we seen of US agents or operators sold out by corrupt higher-ups? But this is still a good yarn.
Best of all, the story had a beginning, a middle and an end. This has no cliffhanger to make you buy the next volume to see what happened. This had a real, satisfying ending. I liked that.
What I Did Not Like:
There were a number of typos, but not many comma mistakes. Mistakes were things like "really" for "real" and "boat" for "bolt." More puzzlingly, Mitchell said that a marine platoon in Vietnam had 23 men and a company had 100. Unless he was talking about a ridiculously under-strength units, this is not correct.
A platoon should have 40-odd men and a company well over 200. This is a glaring error.
I think the sniper sequence would have been more believable if Nick had come up with match-grade .308 or hand loads rather than off-the shelf Wall-Mart ammo
But my quibbles are minor.
This is a worthy book. It has a few rough spots and could stand a thorough edit. Bit I liked it and feel it is worthy of FOUR STARS.
Nick Woods & Allen Green couldn't be more different. Yet their worlds collide when Allen turns up information on a secret US operation during the Soviet Afghanistan War. Info that involves Nick. And some unsavory characters who are less than thrilled about this info coming to light. Setting Nick & Allen on a collision course with destiny & some of our nation's most egregious, & unscrupulous covert operatives.
Long story short, former USMC Sniper Nick Woods is partnered with disgraced New Yorker Magazine writer Allen Green in a fight to save their lives & reputations, enact some vengeance for wrongs past & present - and hopefully live to resume some sort of life afterwards. Assuming they survive.
In a tightly written, fast moving novel by author Stan R Mitchell, one who knows all too well the difficulty Nick has had adjusting to civilian life, and lived to fight on and live another life. Its authenticity rings true in very sense of the word.
If you've ever been there yourself, you'll understand and appreciate it even more.
Top reviews from other countries
A real page turner with characters you can empathise with. Hard to believe it is the author's first book.