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Tier One (Tier One Thrillers) Paperback – September 1, 2016
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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.
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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.
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.
I do like to read suspense and thriller type books. I'm not a romance reader, nor do I like the comedy types. I do read historic fiction, and Christian drama. I am a military veteran, USAF baby, but don't always read military drama as I find most to be over the top. All this to let you know what type of reader I am before you read my review.
I loved this book. I read it in three days, and looked forward to getting back to it each day. This is the type of story and book I truly like to read.
The author gave you just enough character development to let you know who they were, without the drivel and fluff that some authors tend to insert. I found the characters likable, and felt as if I got to know them as the story progressed. I also found the story line to be believable and quite relevant to the times. I enjoyed the use of and the description of the jargon and TLAs. (Three Letter Acronym)
I found at the end hoping there will be a sequel to this book, and to my surprise, there is! As soon as I'm done writing this, I'm actually going to buy that one. That's how much I liked this book.
Thanks for reading my review. I like to keep it short, just go read the book.
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Thrilling action right from the start, gets you hooked straight away, followed by a short quiet spell and then once more into the action. The main character is the leader of a SEAL team and a veteran of special assignments with the scars to prove it. He doesn't stand any nonsense and has a bit of a dry sense of humour as well. The first part of the book is really a straight thriller but the rest of the book is then more a combination of espionage and thriller, with the thriller aspect becoming more dominant towards the end of the book. In his espionage role the lead character takes on a new identity and a new team.
I don't really want to give any of the plot away, because that would definitely be a big spoiler, but this was a very good read and if it wasn't for other commitments I would have just kept reading and finished it the same day. The end has a bit of a twist, and while the way is left wide open for a sequel (hopefully there will be one soon), it definitely comes to a conclusion.
What shines through, however is the quality of the writing, story and characters. Unlike many military authors who have good ideas based on their experiences but are unable to make the jump to be wordsmiths.
The story is mostly believable and the characters enjoyable enough to leave me looking forward to a sequel.
And for man who was used to the military and thus obeying orders when he joined his new team it was hard to believe he acted on his own other than his orders. However I suppose without these episodes there would`nt be a story.
For those who like such thrillers, it's a peach. If you don't, don't bother and your loss.