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SouthernBook Trade."Clancy, Coonts and Brown might have the market cornered when it comes to hardware, but Mayer knows what all Infantry types will tell you: it's the soldier who makes all the difference. Fans of military action will eat this one up. Bob Mayer just keeps getting better and better."
Review for The Line:
Publishers Weekly: "Mayer has crafted a military thriller in the tradition of John Grisham's The Firm."
About the Author
I'm a New York Times bestselling author, a graduate of West Point, former Infantry and Special Operations, and the feeder of two yellow Labs, most famously Cool Gus. I've had over seventy books published, including the #1 bestselling series Time Patrol, Green Berets, Area 51, and Atlantis. Born in the Bronx and having traveled the world (usually not the tourist spots), I now live peacefully with my wife and Labs. My websites are bobmayer.com and coolgus.com Thanks!
Special Ops 1, Cool Gus Publishing consists of two books, each written and copyright by Bob Meyer. Book 1 CUT-OUT (The Green Berets), 2010 and THE LINE, Copyright 1996, updated 2011. Cut-Out is the shorter of the two, approximately 39% of the volume and is a little confusing to start. It begins with action involving characters that are important later and next moves to a scene describing an exfiltration action involving Navy Chief, Green Beret Dave Riley. A proper integration of the two evolves, however, and revolves around greed and duplicity in a witness protection program. The action is plentiful and credible producing an enjoyable read. The Line has a plot that quickly calls to mind a picture of a few years back starring Burt Lancaster. It was entitled "Seven Days in May" and based on a plot to take over the United States Government. The present author's plot is somewhat similar but more gradually developed and the emphasis is altered slightly. The basic premise exists, however, and immediately conjures up a totally plausible scenario from the plethora of examples of military/political divergence of opinion appearing daily in the headlines. The action is relentless, the settings, as well as descriptions of military action and equipment are authentic, the presentation of lack of integrity in trusted individuals is highly credible and the willingness on the part of so many persons in key positions to indulge in treachery all are amply supplied. Perhaps in several sections some description of activity and/or history could have been curtailed, but again, some readers might determine that such editing would have deleted interesting background data. In summary: Meyer has provided two interesting stories with mostly credible characters and scenarios although the action may be a little 'over-the-top, but enjoyable if you are an action devotee. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning author of Fiction/non-Fiction.
Looking for stories of action and suspense? These two first-rate novels meet that reqirement. Oh yes, don't forget the mandatory romance -- it add a nice touch. Following are individual reviews of the two novels. Reviewed by the author of The Children's Story, A Novel Not for Children (about good and evil).
This is a sure-fire action story not of the pulp fiction variety in my opinion. It is more original than formula although there are elements that are common to the genre as in all the better novels of action and suspense.
The story combines Special Forces (Riley) and police (Giannini) who do war with the bad guys. Philip Cobb, who testified against the mob, and his wife are to be placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program, but that is not what happens. Our duo gets involved not knowing who the bad guys are, and there are many. They are trying to stay alive. (Don't get in the way of falling bodies.) This is a journey of discovery in which it is necessay to determine what is really happening and who is guilty. The descriptive detail (especially about Special Forces skills) add to the story. Engaging; fast moving.
For more than 50 years a secret organization of military officers has manipulated national policy. Now, they have reached a point in which they want to take over the country. Firest discovery comes because Trace is writing a fictlional book about some of the events without understanding what it is all about. Or is it fiction? Events become intense as she and Boomer begin to realize the country may be in peril.
Bob Mayer has created a compelling plot with characters that are mostly 3-dimensional and situations that are believable. This is a story of conspiracy and of doing that which is necessay even though it smacks of evil. The ending is satisfying, at least to me. But what would you do? There is a wealth of descriptive material, especially about military capabilities, that add to the story. This is a gripping novel of suspense, political and military type action with a twist of morality. This is a work of fiction, but in our time could something like this happen or is it too far out?
I've read a lot of Mayer's books and have enjoyed almost every of them. This book was no different. I like his characters and how they paly against and with one another. While the story line was a bit far fetched it was still possible. That's also why the book is referred to as "fiction". There was one glaring error that Mr. Mayer made when he wrote the book. He has the navy flying F-16's. The navy has NEVER flown the Falcon, only the air force operates the airplane in the US. The navy and marine corps fly F-18's, the Hornet. It was a surprise to me that he would make that mistake given his military background.
These books were meant to be together. The story - line was written to flow seamlessly together. With the breath-taking events that kept me riveted to my chair, it was impossible to tell fact from fiction. One only has to take a look at what is happening within our country and the daily developments of our politicians (government) and other countries (governments), and this work of fiction somehow seems more believable. Mr. Mayer makes each character come alive to tell an almost believable story.