In a world violated by terror, the old lines have blurred. Meet the next generation of covert ops.
John Dempsey's life - as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper - is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.
But how does a man torn between duty and revenge walk the line and preserve his soul?
As Dempsey struggles with the games of spies, the case propels him across the globe in a desperate effort to prevent a new, horrifying attack on American soil.
Once, John Dempsey followed orders blindly. Now he sees behind the curtain, and the security of the civilized world rests on one question: Can a Tier One Navy SEAL adapt and become the world's most lethal spy?
©2016 Brian Andrews & Jeffrey Wilson (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"This One's a Keeper!!!"
This is an excellent and believable mystery, thriller, terrorist, espionage book. There is tons of action throughout the entire story right from the very beginning. The protagonist Jack Kemper is a SEAL on a mission when his entire team is ambushed and slaughtered, he escapes with his life but is badly burned. Jack then joins another alphabet team and becomes John Dempsey, our hero on a mission of revenge for the team he lost. The rest of the book deals with his training, information gathering and how, loss of comrades and ultimately the shocking discovery of who was behind the initial ambush and why. For me the who and why was a shocker that was totally unpredictable but believable.
One thing I did like about the way the authors wrote is in taking into consideration that not everyone has been in the military and doesn't always understand some of the specific meanings behind coded language the authors have Dempsey decoding in his head as the conversations take place.
Ray Porter did an excellent job narrating.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, I can only hope that a sequel is on the way! If you found this review helpful please indicate so.
"better than many in the genre!"
Tier One is blacker than the CIA, blacker than Seal Team 6, Blacker than any other SpecOps groups. After the predictable beginning, you know, the loss of his entire Tier One team, Jack is given the opportunity to seek out those responsible. He is invited to join an even blacker group, but can this new team create cohesion? Can they trust each other to have their six? Will Jack be able to fit in and remain in the group, or will his hot-headedness and sense of right mean his being let go? Can he trust his own handlers?
Even while this new team is delving into the past, and forging present relationships, current and future events take the team into new terrorist plots which they must unravel and take down before they can unfold.
The story is chock-full of bad guys, surprises, plotting and counter plotting, turn-arounds, and very hard decisions. There are sad deaths to mourn, enemies to hate, and motives to question. And in the midst of this seriousness, there are even some very human chuckles.
The characters are well-rounded, conversations believable, actions and responses credible. The writing is up there at the top of the game--it can join the best authors. And then with the impeccable Ray Porter narrating, you have a treat for your ears and mind.
Definitely authors to keep track of, (Brian Andrews is the author of the Nick Foley series under the name Alex Ryan) and looks to be the start of a great new series.
"Best Book this summer"
I frequently get the free books offered by Amazon and then buy the audio. This book from the start was full of action. I loved everything about this book. I hope there are many more to come.
I enjoyed the book and it's characters.Ray Porter gave his usual outstanding performance. Look forward to the next in the series.
"Pretty good for fans of John Wells and Mitch Rapp"
Gave this a try after reading the feedback here and was pretty happy with it. I am a spy/ mil fiction fan and have read tons in this genre going back to Ambler and Deighton. This is more grunt and less intrigue but still entertaining and well told and narrated. Compared to Rapp and Wells books, this needs a bit more editing and character dev. It most reminds me of the Dewey Andreas books but those are better I think. I care more about the characters mentioned above. Bit deeper maybe, not sure. Good first try and I would buy another.
"Thanks to Audible listener Shelley, who ..."
...I follow, for recommending this outstanding espionage thriller. It is among the best espionage thrillers I have listened to this year. The topic is a relatively small team of highly trained specialists not operating as part of traditional espionage agencies seeking out at targeting terrorists hopefully before they act. The characters are very well developed. During an attack on the UN the suspense if intense. Ray Porter narrates to near perfection.
I continue to follow Shelleys reviews and she continues to offer to all that follow her very sound recommendations on action thrillers of all types.
"Awesome great great book"
If you have been looking for a great book. This will no disappoint. Hopefully this is just duration many to come.
"Waiting for the sequel"
Excellent covert ops story. Characters and dialogue believable-- on par with Brad Thor or Vince Flynn (Kyle Mills) style story.
Good story. Good narrator performance. Too much superfluous foul language...maybe realistic but not really necessary for a book. Can't listen with wife and kids in the car.
"excellent story very well done"
the story is excellent from start to finish. There was only one point in the story that was a bit slow. But that transition worked itself out quickly. Very much enjoyed the narration, the character development and the overall storyline.
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