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The War on Terror provides the backdrop for the thriller that introduces the roots of ultimate antihero, Max Ahlgren.

Captain Max Ahlgren is proud to be one of the first team commanders in the Marine Corps’ nascent MARSOC detachment. Finally, the Corps’ elite warriors are working alongside those of other branches, battling insurgents, not on the front lines but behind them. 

After his first mission, however, Max learns he will be replaced as team commander. The new commander, Major Whitbeck, comes from 8th and I: Marine Barracks, Washington DC. His late father, a revered general, died in a terrorist car bombing. The commander is in Afghanistan for vengeance - and redemption. When the team infiltrates the ancient desert fortress of Kazindrak, hunting an elusive Al-Qaeda terrorist, Whitbeck reveals his ineptitude in combat. 

Max’s fury grows as the body count rises. When the actual nature of the mission is revealed, Max gets a good look at the sordid underbelly of the War on Terror and sees firsthand what monsters men can become. If he is to survive, however, he may have no choice but to become one. Sometimes the greatest enemy is within.

©2018 Ryan W. Aslesen (P)2021 Podium Audio

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  • Nicole J.
  • 26-03-21

Such a great addition

This novella is just SOOOO satisfying, and i love that it is basically Max's "beginning" to his whole CIA foray.

im kinda upset that there wasnt some grunt or something that referred to Whittaker as "dick licker" at least once, that would have been just so amazing😂😂

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  • Dennis
  • 25-03-21

Revenge is said best served cold It best high volt

This turned out much better than I thought and right off the top I do highly recommend this author and narrator. The story is well written and told you are brought into the story from the beginning to the end and in the end you find to are rooting for the main character then you have a major surprise that make you want to learn more.
Being ex military and even in normal life you meet or work for a boss who thinks that they are better than you and will do whatever they want to achieve their goal and the worst of this kind of incident is when you are in the military and overseas. This series so far starts overseas and you follow a major who is liked very much by his commander and the men under him. He finds he being replaced by a wet behind the ears major who has a bad attitude, thinks he above everyone and he knows all just because he a son of a general. His goal is not to work up to the point like his father but try and get it free just because of his name no matter what it cost. Before now his father had covered up his involvement in a complete platoon being wiped out in Iran by demoting him and moving to warehouse duty shortly after that his father killed it said by terrorists but as you listen you find out that may not be true. Now to the present after arriving he giving a quad of men to kill the person who was suppose to have killed his father but instead he gets most of the quad killed by his actions in a black ops mission.
To see what happens after I hope will check the series out and enjoy it as much as me.


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  • RJ
  • 15-05-21

Frag him!

Captain Max Ahlgren is relieved to second in command of his elite Marine MARSOC team when Major Whitbeck, an egotistic nepotism recipient from his Marine General father, and not having any combat experience, is flown in from Washington with a Top Secret mission. Tensions run high as none of Max’s team trust this impostor and fear he may get them all killed on this dangerous mission. As the mission progresses their fears are well-founded. Surprisingly, after the mission, the situation goes from bad to worse. Max finds himself in a desperate position with no apparent way out or any help forthcoming. What to do?