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Tier One (Tier One Series Book 1) by [Andrews, Brian, Wilson, Jeffrey]
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I first heard Tier One described as the story of an elite covert team that is part espionage and part special ops, led by a Navy SEAL with a stalwart sense of honor and patriotism. As a fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp, I desperately wanted to meet the new hero who had earned the moniker. This book’s protagonist—SEAL Jack Kemper, who is later reinvented as spook John Dempsey—blew my expectations out of the water in the very first scene.

Dempsey and his highly skilled team of operators are hunting terrorists with guns blazing and curse words and acronyms flying, which help to create a world and characters that feel authentic, that are so credible and rich. It was easy to become part of their mission, to forget that I was reading fiction created by two very talented veterans, Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson. I laughed. I cried. I started to parrot the characters’ dialogue with clipped responses of “copy,” and I had to bite back more than one hooyah. SITREP: Tier One delivers.

- JoVon Sotak, Editor

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“Page turner! Adrenaline rush! In Tier One, Andrews and Wilson have captured exactly what life in the SEAL Teams and on the front lines in the War on Terror is like. So vivid, I could smell the gunpowder. If you want to know what the world of the SEAL Teams is like, all you have to do is read this book. Bravo Zulu, Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews.” —Commander M. M., USN, former SEAL operator

“In Tier One, authors and Navy veterans Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews achieve the impossible goal of showing what it is really like in the dark world of covert operations. The characters are so real that I thought I might even know a few of them. The story is an amazing and exciting plot of terrorism and false flag international politics that is right from today’s headlines. If you want to know what it is like to be down range on a covert operation, read this book. This is the best military thriller ever.” —SEAL Master Chief J. S., former Tier One operator

Tier One is one of those rare thrillers that combine blood-curdling action sequences with the steep emotional price paid by modern-day warriors behind all the gunfire. Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson have pulled from their own special operations experiences in crafting a terrific tale that’s as riveting as it is wrenching, and, in John Dempsey, have created a lasting hero reminiscent of Mitch Rapp, Pike Logan, and Scott Harvath. Like the best from Flynn, Taylor, and Thor, Tier One serves up a relentless ride across uneven ground laden with pitfalls both mental and physical. The launch of the next major military-themed franchise.” —Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author

About the Author

Brian Andrews is a US Navy veteran who served as an officer on a 688-class fast attack submarine in the Pacific. He is a Park Leadership Fellow and holds a master’s degree from Cornell University. He is the author of The Calypso Directive, the first book in the Think Tank series of thrillers. Born and raised in the Midwest, Andrews lives in Tornado Alley with his wife and three daughters.

Jeffrey Wilson has worked as an actor, firefighter, paramedic, jet pilot, and diving instructor, as well as a vascular and trauma surgeon. He served in the US Navy for fourteen years and made multiple deployments as a combat surgeon. He is the author of three award-winning supernatural thrillers: The Traiteur’s Ring, The Donors, and Fade to Black. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Southwest Florida with their four children.

Andrews and Wilson are also the coauthors of the Nick Foley Thriller series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2896 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AW25FPU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This type of book is NOT my usual genre . I selected this book from Kindle First simply because none of the other selections appealed to me, and I liked the cover art.

Let me first send a big thank you to to the authors for including a glossary of all the acronyms used in the book!

Other reviews have discussed the plot so I won't go there. I was engrossed in this story from the very first page. The plot is, unfortunately, very realistic in this time in history. I experienced several different emotions during the reading of this book. I was fascinated by the plot twists and turns , saddened by the losses of life and the sacrifices of personal happiness made by the hero, fear because the plot was so realistic it could be a harbinger of events to come, and lastly, satisfaction at an ending well written.

This book is so well written that the use of acronyms did not seem excessive, a reader not familiar with military lingo can easily follow the story.

I am very much looking forward to reading more books by this writing duo.
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A former SEAL who finds a new identity as a spy, Jack Dempsey has a score to settle. Traveling the globe with his new team that is just beginning to form a bond, he will face perhaps the most serious terrorist plot since 9/11. Racing against time, will he and his team be able to figure out the plot and intervene before time is up?

I love a good thriller, and Andrews and Wilson do not fail to deliver in Tier One. I found myself consistently engaged in the storyline and loved the characters, especially Jack Dempsey. The plot was so realistic it could have been ripped from the headlines (though thankfully it was not!). The action was non-stop, and the authors' writing style flowed well and was authentic to the events portrayed in the book.

I was hesitant about choosing this as my August Kindle First selection I realize this is a bit silly, but I do tend to judge books by their cover, and I really did not like the cover artwork for this title. However, I was very pleased with the book and found it to be one of the best Kindle First selections I have read in some time. I am looking forward to reading future installments in this series, and can't wait to see how the characters will develop over time. The brotherhood and bond between the team members really added to the character development, and the authors also left room for some romance in future sequels. Thomas and Mercer have another hit series on their hands!
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Non-stop action! Non-stop reading! Jarvis is the most interesting character. With his thought processes being so dimensional, he's an enigma - brilliant but can you really trust him. Great start to a new series. Looking forward to Book 2.
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Action Check
Thrilling Double Check
Buckle your seat belts Triple Check

No decision for me on my selection for the Kindle First book for August. How could I possibly choose anything other than a novel about Navy SEALs? And, the end result is that I was not disappointed for one minute while reading this book. It is filled with action which starts in the Arabian Sea where the reader first meets Senior Chief Jack Kemper on a mission with his fellow SEALs.

We learn that during his 20 years of service he is used to the harried missions that start with the 3 beeps on his cell phone. So, he takes each one in stride with his thoughts of 'Blow up, Clean up or Pick up'. Life goes on with the SEALs and along the way we get a refresher course concerning Iran's nuclear program in 2003.

As the description of this book mentions, the story delves deeply into the line between duty and revenge. Al Queda plays an active part in this one and I actually felt shaky when reading the scene in the Tactical Operations Center in Djibouti on the horn of Africa.

Powerful, poignant and packed with action that will not disappoint readers that like military action. The trident symbol for the SEALs has always been so important to them. There is a scene concerning the passing of a trident that will make one tear up with emotion. And, yes, justice comes into play.

Characters are well developed as is the plot and the story flows smoothly from the beginning to the last page. There are a lot of acronyms in this book and all are well explained. So like the military in every day life.

Most highly recommended.

Please note that this my Kindle First selection for August.
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I liked this book a lot. It did remind me heavily of Brad Taylor's Taskforce/Pike Logan series of books, along with Scott McEwen's Sniper Elite in that Kelso Jarvis and Bob Pope could be the same person.
There was lots of action. Extremely well written. Which reminds me of Steven Konkoly.
If you like Brad Thor, Brad Taylor, Dalton Fury, Scott McEwen, Mark Greater or Mitch Rapp, then this book is for you. The other reviews talk about plot, which is just as important but unless a book can keep the story going and entertain me at the same time, I don't bother reading it. A lot of authors add so much fluff to a story trying to set it up and the book plods down deep into an endless description of surveillance and nothing happens for pages and pages. This is a complaint I have on Brad Taylor's books. Thankfully though that is absent here. This book runs flat out on action or intrigue. No fluff or ennui here that distracts you. No lengthy description of some stupid wine the characters are drinking either (Yes Brad Thor, that is you).
There is the usual descriptions of weapons, which as a gun guy I appreciate. The action scenes are well described. None of that stopping the story mid-gunfight to have a navel gazing moment of exostentialism and delve deep into our hero's wounded psyché about what it takes to be a warrior and the errors he's made (Yes Dalton Fury that was directed for you).
The banter is on point too which is always good to read. A hallmark of Scott McEwen's/John Sandford style writing I love.
This book also loves acronyms, bit if you have read any of the authors I've mentioned, then these acronyms are nothing to you and you easily translate them in your head without pause.
I recommend this book highly and look forward to the next story.
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