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The Advance Guard (Phantom Squadron #1)

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Over the course of history, a team of four supernatural agents has been assembled for a Black Ops team unlike any other.Both separately and together, these agents will face down an enemy of immense evil, rising above their differences and individual traumas and coming together to face a demonic matriarch hiding within one of the holiest sites in Europe.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Createspace (first published November 12th 2010)
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Cathy
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a very good story about modern-day superheroes who are collected by the CIA into a unit to fight the evils of the world. They do quite a good job at it, too.

Ken is The Guardsman, a Navy commander who becomes a sword-wielding hero, armored every time he draws the sword from its sheath.
Cyrus is a mage who can cast spells of protection and others.
Kitty is a Navy SEAL who is turned into a tiger by a Hindu goddess.
Ariel is a Navy lieutenant turned into a dragon by a horrible government exper
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Lynn Hobbs
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Great story, Don, with a touch of fantasy! I was impressed with the personality traits you gave your characters. Kitty had "attitude" while Ariel had "human emotions" and Ken had "some misgivings". All came together and it worked well. Excellent read! What a page turner!
Jeannie Faulkner Barber
Don A. Martinez has such a creative way of weaving characters and twists that I couldn't stop turning the pages. Plus, I truly learned a lot about the military. Don makes this subject, with his swing of fantasy, an intriguing novel. Great work from a great author!
Michelle
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This was a really good book. I found myself drawn to the story.
Patty
This is a face paced adventure mixing the normal world with fantasy. An enjoyable read, something new and exciting!
Cole
Sep 18, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to point out that this author had a interesting idea (that I wished had worked), but that often is the case. The written story doesn't amount to what was expected (especially when someone tries to twist a cliche).
Thus execution in this book was off, just not enough back story or character development. I was left following a sequence of events that I foreshadowed miles away.
Unfortunately, books that throw in fantasy into the modern world are extremely difficult to do, and I admire th
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Kristin
Nov 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Something was just missing here, and I think it was background. There's more than enough background on Ken, but unless I read the blurb, I couldn't understand that he was really a Paladin. Just a knight with a really cool sword. Cyrus, there's no background on him. I'm hoping I get more background on him in the future books. He's just a weird magical guy who shrinks (which begs the question, when will he shrink to nothing?). Kitty and Ariel were the best characters. I felt most for Ariel, and w ...more
Missy
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded a sample reading, it was well worth it.
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May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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The son of two 20-year Navy vets, Don A. Martinez spent much of his formative years around the Pacific Rim before settling in the continental U.S., first in Michigan and New York before eventually landing in Texas.
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