Outcasts: A SEAL Team Six Novel
Howard E. Wasdin
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They are the Outcasts. Because people don’t want to know what they do.
Alex Brandenburg: SEAL Chief Petty Officer and Outcasts Team Leader. Disobeyed direct orders by refusing to let a deadly terrorist live to kill another day. Francisco “Pancho” Rodriguez and John Landry: SEAL Petty Officers First Class. Took the pursuit of justice into their own hands with explosive results. Catherine “Cat” Fares. Navy Petty Officer. Holds an unbeatable record for pissing off the top brass with her strongly stated opinions on the combat readiness of women.
The team’s mission: Take out the seven terror merchants vying to take Bin Laden’s place. The team’s status: Expendable.
When America’s controversial Phoenix Program was buried during the Vietnam War, a new program rose from its ashes. A top-secret Special Operations unit, with a core mission to combat terror wherever they find it, Bitter Ash grew ever more necessary in a new world of Islamic fanaticism. Now, Bitter Ash is forming a special team, a SEAL Team Six with a difference. It is Tier One, on par with SEAL Team Six and Delta, but it will report directly to Bitter Ash, and its fight will take place under the cover of dark.
With Bin Laden dead, the petty leaders within al Qaeda struggle to assume his role at the top. The president of the United States doesn’t want any of them left to dominate . . . and that means he has only one choice. But doing what’s needed without political repercussions will take a small team flying under the radar. A team capable of finessing the U.N.’s distinctions on national sovereignty and acts of war. A team like the Outcasts.
With no official support from their government and no one to rely on but themselves, the Outcasts must track down each target. Hot on the tail of the third, Brandenburg and the team start to realize that they are closing in on a larger plot, one that puts the security of the United States in dangerous jeopardy. The terrorists are threatening American territory once again, and the Outcasts will have to do what SEALs do best. Whatever it takes to keep their country safe.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Nothing new here. Characters are single dimensional, and predictable. Conflicts wrap up perfectly, in moments,with no shot ever missed. This reads like a court reporter's accounting: "and then he...and then he... and then they..." Sorry, just not worth the price or time.
Cashing in on a cachet
Sorry, this one isn't worth it. The authors are ex-SEALS, and proud to share all their SEAL acronyms and tech terms. Dialogue is stilted. The travel scenes lack realism...after the first scene...which I think is based on an experience of one of the pair. That scene is filled with passion and clear visuals.
The rest of the book is too contrived. The bomb plot lacks any of the depth you'd find in a Vince Flynn book or Clancy franchise. The "team" never coalesces, and the hero doesn't have the leadership traits or smarts of a Rapp or Ryan or John Corey.
The penetration scenes into foreign countries is poorly contrived. I think they were just to separate Alex and Cat to create a love interest. Even that is as shallow as the rest.
The antagonist, Damien, is played like a high school bully with a gun. Some of the killings are totally unconnected with the plot. The climax, which goes on forever, has such disregard for what real police procedure would be with a red alert of a post-911 attack on the Empire State Building as to be childish. The interrogation of a captured terrorist was so laughable.
This is one of those books that once you put it down, you can't pick it up again.
Read the sample chapter, it's great...but that's as good as it gets. I give chapter 1 two stars.
Went thru it like a prairie fire - when is the next one getting released???
Great stuff ...