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War Hawk: A Tucker Wayne Novel Hardcover – April 19, 2016
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Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his canine partner, Kane, face a new state-of-the-art threat in bestseller Rollins and Blackwood's inventive sequel to 2014's The Kill Switch. Global media magnate Pruitt Kellerman seeks to destabilize political hot spots and murder those in his way with a fleet of military drones. Secret teams under his control use research stolen from famed WWII cryptanalyst Alan Turing to develop drones capable of thinking autonomously, hacking enemy computer systems, and instigating chaos with social media disinformation. Tucker leads a team of intelligence analysts who race to decrypt the drones' malicious code. The action ranges from the swamps of Alabama and New Mexico nuclear test sites to the beaches of Trinidad and the mountains of Serbia. Kane, a Belgian Malinois, is the standout character, more than just a plot device and never anthropomorphized. His point-of-view chapters reveal his loyalty, fear, intelligence, and even a desire for revenge. Kane's a good boy! Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh. (Apr.)\n
“[A]nother outstanding adventure. Fans of Tom Clancy, Brad Thor, or Rollins’ previous titles will enjoy this, and hopefully Wayne and Kane will appear again, perhaps in the next Sigma Force title.” (Booklist on WAR HAWK)
“Kane, a Belgian Malinois, is the standout character, more than just a plot device and never anthropomorphized. His point-of-view chapters reveal his loyalty, fear, intelligence, and even a desire for revenge. Kane’s a good boy!” (Publishers Weekly on WAR HAWK)
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We first encountered former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his MWD (military war dog) Kane in the stand alone novel The Kill Switch (actual first introduction was the Sigma Force novel Bloodline, 2012). Globe-trotting across Russia, Istanbul, South Africa and the United States, Tucker and Kane worked in tandem to stay one step ahead of villainous enemies in order to stop an apocalyptic biological threat inflicted on the world.
In this new release, War Hawk, we are reunited with Tucker and Kane as they are enlisted to help an army colleague from their past, unknowing that their involvement will unleash a torrent of mystery, intrigue and the revealing of decades old secrets.
Join Tucker and Kane as they chase down a diabolically evil man. This mission also dredges up an old physiological issue Tucker has over the combat related death of Kane's military partner and litter mate, Abel (briefly mentioned in the first novel, The Kill Switch). Journey through time, from the days of World War II up to the present, and follow in the footsteps of Alan Turing and witness the fruition of this remarkable mathematician's mind.
Myself being a dog lover, I was especially intrigued by the relationship between Tucker and Kane that was portrayed in these novels. It is amazing how co-ordinated a man and dog can become, to the point of appearing as one entity when at work in the field. Another aspect that really piqued my interest was reading passages in these books from the dog's point of view. How perfect the world would be if dogs could talk. Who better to express what a dog is thinking than a veterinarian! Most animal lovers would agree that a special bond does exist between owner and pet (be it dog, cat, bird or turtle) to the point that owners 'understand' what their pet is thinking simply by looking in the animal's eyes or reading their body language. With Rollins being a 'semi-retired' veterinarian and professed dog-lover, he was able to give a convincing and believable voice to Kane. I enjoyed being able to see the 'dog' side of Kane as opposed to the well disciplined 'soldier' side. Although MWD's are highly trained animals, they still like to play.
Dogs have been used in warfare since the Civil War through Viet Nam (I even believe they have been used in wartime service since Ancient Egyptian times) and especially into Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. I throughly enjoyed this book. Military working dogs and their handlers have become so much a part of our lives in the civilian world, due to novels like these. They are the unsung heroes. These 'teams' have saved countless number of lives. Hopefully, these books, by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood, will help educate the general public to see how vitally important their roles are in our lives.
I literally could not put this book down. It was like the dust jacket was infused with glue that was activated by the heat emanating from my hands as I clutched the book with unbridled anticipation. You will spend the majority of your time sitting on the edge of your seat, holding your breath and gritting your teeth! If you are a dog lover, it will also bring a tear to your eye while reading about Abel and the debilitating effects of Tucker's 'moral injury'. All this suspense and intrigue is lightly salted with intermittent lines of comedy. Just enough to allow you to catch your breath and carry on reading. I also found another reason for Tucker's character to be my favorite - he eats fried bologna sandwiches! I grew up (military budget) on fried bologna sandwiches! I love fried bologna sandwiches! Upon completion of this book, every unknown buzzing sound you hear after stepping outside will have you searching the skies for drones. If you spot one - run and hide!
This story is a fantastic more in-depth look at the newly introduced characters Tucker and Kane and the truly awesome potential of the relationship between a man and his friend. If you are an animal lover you will love these characters and how they integrate into Rollins rich military environments and espionage driven story telling. I would recommend to all as this is a story with a very special focus that you can't help but get immersed in. Worth all five stars given!