Tuesday, August 26, 2014

When Camels Fly

I received a copy of When Camels Fly by NLB Horton from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A mother’s Fatal Shot. A daughter’s deadly choice. In Israel, archaeologist Grace Madison shoots her daughter’s abductor moments before a handsome shepherd drops from the sky to kill a second assassin. Running for their lives, the women pursue an evil prepared to sacrifice millions of people. Endangering family and friends while confronting old loves, they soon realize nothing is as it seems. Even each other. Because choosing what’s right is all that’s left.
This book wasn't my kind of book.  I was never really able to get into the story.

Friday, August 15, 2014

SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Falcon

I received a copy of SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Falcon from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

SEAL Team Six and Thomas Crocker are back hunting their most elusive adversary yet: The Falcon.

SEAL Team Six operative Thomas Crocker is no stranger to missions of the highest national importance and the gravest danger. But this time, the mission hits close to home. The Iranian terrorist he and his squad are chasing is the same man who kidnapped his wife months before-the Falcon, who has been stealing Libyan nuclear material and is laying plans for a devastating attack against America. The hunt takes the team from Bangkok to Caracas in hot pursuit of the Falcon and his forces.

Meanwhile, Corcker's estranged father--a former firefighter and hell-raiser who was kicked out of the Nacy as a young seaman--reappears, forcing Crocker to acknowledge his life outside the shadows of SEAL operations. Doing so isn't easy when duty calls over three hundred days of the year, and when it's this essential to take an enemy down.

Hunt the Falcon ups the ante for Crocker and the rest of SEAL Team Six as never before. The bullets fly, the action is relentless, and by the end Crocker and his crew will be put to the ultimate test: surviving captivity under the most depraved of men and taking the fight to the Falcon's doorstep, deep in the heart of Iran.

Hunt the Falcon by Don Mann is a frightening journey into the battles we never hear of, the heroics and sometimes seemingly foolhardy risks taken by soldiers fighting the battle against terror. This time out, these brave men will face their own humanity as well as bullets as Don Mann fleshes the team out, allows heroes to be tortured, to die and to be permanently scarred for life. Will the memories they will always have slivering through their minds be too much?

Sunday, August 10, 2014

SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Scorpion

I received a copy of SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Scorpion by Don Mann from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Thomas Crocker and SEAL Team Six are back for another adrenaline packed adventure from former SEAL commando Don Mann.

When a nuclear device goes missing, and surfaces in the clutches of known terrorists, the United States calls on its most prized anti-terrorism force: Navy SEAL Team Six . Thomas Crocker and his squad from HUNT THE WOLF are called into action, protecting the world from terrorist threats.

With the same real life insight and pulse pounding action he brought to INSIDE SEAL TEAM SIX and HUNT THE WOLF, Don Mann takes readers inside the most elite combat unit on the planet and on an action-packed ride that is sure to appeal to fans of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor.

Mann and Pezzullo have written engaging characters with Tom Crocker and his squad however the plot is overwhelming and, at times, overly complex. The authors seem to become so involved in the minute details that the primary story becomes blurred and lost. Readers will enjoy the book more if they learn to skim the details and heavy-handed descriptions and instead focus on the dialogue and action scenes because this where the book really shines. In this case the SEALs are on a mission against pirates who seek the critical ingredient in making nuclear bombs. This storyline is incredible and the highlight of the book.

Readers are also invited into Tom Crocker’s life on a more personal level in Hunt the Scorpion because his wife becomes a very important character. The mission facing Crocker and his squad is to free the hostages, capture and pirates and save the day however the mission becomes personal when we learn (and this isn’t a spoiler because it’s in the synopsis) but Crocker’s wife and a good friend are two of the American hostages. I loved the Mann included this deeply personal aspect into the story because it did heighten the reader’s emotional connection to the story and deepen the experience.