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- Publication Date: March 17, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J36PN72
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TALISMAN: A Shadow Warriors Short Story (Shadow Warriors Mission Files Book 1) Kindle Edition
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But what happens when this complex, risky mission must be scrubbed at the last minute? What if that leaves only a lone operator in position to assassinate the target and perform the rescue single-handedly -- even though the billionaire is protected by his own eight-man team of special operators?
It takes unusual knowledge of military and clandestine operations to pull off such a tale credibly and compellingly -- and exceptional writing chops to do so within the constraints of a short story. But author Stephen England is to special operations storytelling what Special Operations Forces are to the U.S. military: He's a Tier One literary operator.
It's remarkable just how much England packs into this brief space. The sweep of settings is breathtaking: a posh hotel bar and a heliport in Monaco; the CIA station in the U.S. Embassy in Rome; the control room of the USS Scranton nuclear attack submarine; the terrorist's yacht in the Mediterranean; CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia. Military hardware, jargon, weapons, and tactics are presented with such familiarity that you would swear England must have spent years in the field as a special ops veteran. That he hasn't, and that he is still in his early twenties, is simply astonishing.
His artistic selectivity and verbal economy is especially masterful in drawing evocative, Impressionistic sketches of a host of characters -- heroes and villains alike -- making each one vivid and memorable. Most notable is his portrait of Jack "Tex" Richards, a big, dark-eyed Marine now working for the CIA. He's everything you would want for the hero of this kind of action thriller.
TALISMAN serves as a coda to England's second "Shadow Warriors" novel, DAY OF RECKONING, tying up a loose end in a thrilling, satisfying way. But there is a touch of the bittersweet here, too. Few clandestine operations are mounted flawlessly or resolved without cost, and this one is no exception.
If you haven't yet read England's other "Shadow Warriors" tales, TALISMAN is a great introduction. It can be enjoyed as a stand-alone adventure. But it offers hints about people and events from other episodes in the series, tantalizing tidbits that will only whet your appetite for the main entrees, including PANDORA'S GRAVE, DAY OF RECKONING, and LODESTONE.
So, if military and spy thrillers are your reading passion, you are going to be delighted to discover Stephen England. He's destined to become one of the greats in the thriller genre and an inspiration to soldiers and shadow warriors operating around the world.
author of HUNTER and BAD DEEDS
"Talisman" is a whole lot like that, yours for the taking.
Though I have two of his novels in my (massive) queue of books-to-read, this is the very first Stephen England work I've read - also the very first of anything I've read via Amazon's Kindle For PC (which works flawlessly and costs zero, for you non-Kindle-owners out there.) I'm pretty sure the upshot of the last half-hour's reading is going to be a reshuffling of that queue, because the only flaw of "Talisman" is that... it ends. And I'm gonna have to have lots more of this, real soon.
The storytelling is not just cinematic but IMAX 3D cinematic, the character development seems to place you in the middle of a full-length novel rather than a short story's first few paragraphs, and the tension driving the action tightens from multiple angles. But what stands out in particular is that somehow England is able to present a dozen different characters in a way that makes each one distinct and memorable - within the space of a story whose length would span only a couple chapters of a full novel. An incredible feat for a genre in which secondary characters (and too often, primary ones,) are throwaways.
If you want an "appetizer" that will sit you down, with authority, to England's "meat & potatoes," order up "Talisman." It definitely did the job for me.
great many civilian casulaties. The property damage has been astronomical. The Shadow Warriors have been assigned the task of finding the Prince and assassinating him. The Prince is called the Talisman..The Shadow Warriors consider this to be a mission of vengance. By use of a submarine and a Marine diver they find him. He is then put out of his misery. This is a very good story.
This is a super fast read. Like 30 minutes tops and takes place in Monaco. Carter is in here as well. You get to see Tex in action. Show no mercy, take no prisoners. He is on a mission to take out a target but things don't go as planned. And one plan is changed to another plan when an innocent is unexpectedly in harms way.
I really enjoyed getting to see Tex in action, a character throughout the Shadow Warrior series that I have always been intrigued by, this book allows his character to come out and you get to see him in action. And the outcome when things don't go as planned.
Enjoyed reading this one - Now it's off to the newest book just released. Embracing the Fire.
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Wish he had finished Off the story....with a Drone Strike.