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Synbat: The Green Berets: Dave Riley #3 Kindle Edition
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Praise for the Green Beret series:
WEB Griffin: "Excitingand authentic. Author Mayer, a Green Beret himself, gave me a vividlook at the world of the Army's Special Forces as they battleAmerica'smost deadly enemy. His portrayal of Green Beret operationsandtechniques takes you deep into the covert world of Special Operations as a you follow an A-Team into combat. Don't miss this one.
Stephen Coonts: "A scorcher of a novel. Mayer had me hooked from the very first page."
Macon News-Record: Incredibly believable and absolutely riveting. Quite possibly thebestbook every written about the Green Berets. Bob Mayer tells GreenBeretstories like Joseph Wambaugh tells cop stories!"
Library Journal: "A masterpiece of technology and suspense. A thriller that delivers in all areas--plot, suspense, authenticity and pace. Not to be missedbyfans of the genre."
Kirkus Reviews: "Fascinating,imaginative and nerve-wracking. Mayer's tough, businesslike soldiersagain include a tough, businesslike female."
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Journal of US Special Operations: "This is one book you can trust."
Kirkus Reviews: "Sinewy writing enhances this already potent action fix. An adrenaline cocktail from start to finish."
Southern Book Trade: "Clancy, Coonts and Brown might have the market cornered when itcomesto hardware, but Mayer knows what all Infantry types will tell you: it's the soldier who makes all the difference. Fans of military actionwilleat this one up. Bob Mayer just keeps getting better and better."
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Library Journal: "A heart-pounding thriller about the emergence of a deadlyebola-likevirus. Inventive, entertaining, and realistic adventure.Highlyrecommended."
Kirkus: "A ripping goodbiotech/militarythriller that plausibly depicts the high costs ofcombating unseenenemies. An absorbing and well-written series."
From the Author
- Publication date : April 21, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 198 pages
- Publisher : Cool Gus Publishing (St Martins) (April 21, 2011)
- File size : 5313 KB
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- ASIN : B004XWFW7M
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #156,270 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot moves at a snails pace. It was more a how to on what weapons, people required for the job, & the intelligence from the people who needed your help namely the government. I believe the scenario I think there are a lot of projects being done without the public's knowledge & if it comes to defending our Country then I can see why secrecy would be required. However almost the whole book is this. You couldn't feel a kinship with the hero simply because being a woman I don't understand how men can follow orders without information nor after some of your team are killed still soldier on with a bit more information but again not enough to really help your mission. I guess this is why women aren't in many combat units cause they aren't this gung ho to be accepted my the military to just march into Hell thinking it's for a Heavenly cause!
At almost the last 5 chapters our hero meets a woman cop & then the book gets interesting. Her years being a cop & his years being in the service worked well together. I sure wish she could have come in much earlier in the book! I thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the book after her entering into the fight. Hope the author will add her to the next book about this man together they make a good team & are fun to read about.
There were a few typos, some small words left out like the or a but overall the book was better than most E books I read.
While Mayer writes a fictional account with Synbat, unfortunately his fictional story is all to possible with the latest advances in gene manipulation and splicing. The action is non-stop and absolutely riveting in holding your attention. When I started it last night I didn't put it down till early this morning when I finished!
I happily award Synbat 5 Stars!!!
Riley and his crew are called upon to clean up the mess, but problems ensue because the higher ups not only withhold information, but deliberately mislead them as to the capabilities of the Synbats. (This seems to be a theme of all the Green Berets books, probably reflecting the authorâ€™s real life Special Force experiences. One of the characters says, â€œIâ€™ve worked in the military long enough and been on enough classified missions to know that many times the desire for security overrides common sense.â€)
The Synbats were designed and trained to be combat soldiers. They are very intelligent, very strong, very deadly and very fecund. This last part is the biggest problem as they must be contained before they reproduce.
No spoilers, but I must say that one of my favorite moments in the book occurs at the very end with an unlikely and unsung hero.
A new character, Chicago Detective Donna Giannini is introduced and seems to share a connection with Riley. I hope see her return in future books.
This is definitely my favorite book in series so far.
That was the good stuff. I read the kindle version and none of this might apply to the printed version but caveat emptor. There were misspellings in places such that meaning had to be taken from context. A word or two was left out completely. The word if was used in place of it in a number of places. Not terrible errors but enough to be annoying.
What really annoyed me though was that late in the book a small section was repeated word for word. The section was simply repeated immediately. It bespeaks a certain carelessness on the part of the author or (I think non-existent) editor. And one name kept changing between two spellings.
It seemed to me that the author had good writing, spelling and grammar skills and casually read over what he had written perhaps once and let it go at that. The book would have been better for good editing. I might have been upset if the book had not been free.
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This is a story set in America where a secret lab. (secret from only a top couple of people and the scientists) where an ape/human is produced to fight for the military. Highly intelligent they are allowed to escape accidentally - well almost.
An unlikely story, hopefully, but a good read.