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(Black Flagged #1)

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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,800 ratings  ·  218 reviews
A graduate of the Department of Defense's experimental Black Flag program, Daniel Petrovich carries a secret he'd rather keep buried. A secret his government has hidden in the deepest vaults of the Pentagon.

Someone is trying to raise Black Flag from the dead, and drag Petrovich back into the poisonous life he abandoned. Someone who knows his darkest secrets.

In exchange for

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Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published November 4th 2011 by Steven Konkoly (first published November 2nd 2011)
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Russell Blake
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Author Steven Konkoly has moved from the style he uses in his blockbuster The Jakarta Pandemic to an even faster-paced, action orientation in Black Flagged. The protagonist is capable and interesting, the story compelling, and the style a big favorite with me. There's a conspiracy, good guys who maybe aren't so good, bad guys who maybe aren't so bad, and twists and turns galore. Fans of Jakarta are sure to like Black Flagged, as are fans of Ludlum/Childs-style thrillers, and I'd expect that we'l ...more
Matt Kelland
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
I used to read a lot of thrillers when I was younger, but not so much these days. I think, to be honest, I'm tired of the genre. So although I'm only giving this two stars, that probably says more about me than the book. It's a solid enough thriller, but it just didn't engage me. Rogue agents, black ops outside anyone's control, retired assassins brought back for one last mission by a super-patriotic renegade commander... I've read too many of those books.

I got horrendously confused between who
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Patrick D'Orazio
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Black Flagged tells the tale of Daniel Petrovich, an executive for a company in Maine who is dragged back into the life he'd left behind five years before-as a member of the government's Black Flag program, which puts operatives in deep cover, infiltrating terrorist organizations among other unsavory entities. He's been asked to do one last job...a job that will put him in the cross hairs of virtually every government agency and destroy the peaceful new life he's fabricated with his wife, Jessic ...more
Hilary Carter
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Black Flagged delivers action and excitement at breakneck speed. There are many characters but they are introduced and integrated well. No extra filler here, just the way I like it. The flawed main character is multifaceted and will be great in the proposed series. If you like your books lean and mean look no further.
Samuel
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Black Flagged- "Classification given to an intelligence officer who is to be interrogated and summarily killed if apprehended".

Black Flagged is the first in a series of spy novels that are grittier than established names such as Scott Harvath and Mitch Rapp. As the author, Steven Konkoly notes, his books often have unapologetic themes and are not for the faint hearted. The title refers to a D.O.D program founded by one of the books main characters aimed at training assassin's who could be used
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Jim A
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Stumbled across this via an Amazon recommendation. What a find.

Fast paced with pretty good character development. A couple of twists, although in retrospect the clues were there. I'm looking forward to the follow on novel.

Thanks, Steve, for the great entertainment. I'm always up for a good thriller.
Doug Branscombe
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great first book in a series, story grabs you and doesn't let go. Characters that you find yourself pulling for, even if they aren't the most "well-behaved" sort.
Nate Granzow
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
With immense dexterity, the likes of which I've not seen by even the most renowned authors in the political/espionage thriller genre, Konkoly delivers a clear winner with Black Flagged. I found Daniel Petrovich an authentic protagonist, which is crucial to my reading enjoyment. Too often, authors paint their protagonist as invincible, handsome beyond believability, and with few to no character flaws. Petrovich bleeds. Another element worthy of note in Black Flagged: Konkoly, with as many charact ...more
Murray McDonald
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Great action thriller that keeps the tension and pace throughout. Black Flagged introduces us to a great new series, with some seriously cool characters. Book 2 - Black Flagged Redux, purchased and ready to go on my Kindle. If you, like me, enjoy your thrillers with plenty of action, intrigue, suspense and a few clever twists thrown in to keep you on your toes you will most definitely love Black Flagged.
Sheila
Many people would probably consider this a "guy's" book, but this chick really enjoyed it! The non-stop action, the twists and turns, I felt like I was on a thrilling roller coaster ride, with no idea what was coming around the next turn. So if you like action type books at all, this is one I would highly recommend, even for all the female readers out there...in fact...especially for all the female readers out there! You won't be disappointed.
Richard
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My favorite book of the year! What a surprise this one was.. Great characters, plotting and story.. I can't wait for the next one in the series. We write within the same genre and I'm proud to say I could not have written it better myself...please continue with this series, it is your calling... Go and buy this book folks you will absolutely love it...5 STARS
Richard A Roberts
Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An Amazing Novel about American Government

Fast moving with intriguing subplots. Well defined characters, particularly Danny Petrovitch. Seemed to be from latest breaking news items. Great author.
Geoff
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Solid writing, and very readable. Good pacing.
Brittany
Jul 25, 2012 marked it as to-read
Excited to read! Loved Konkoly's first book, Jakarta Pandemic (which everyone should check out)!
Rebecca
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
A little slow to start but picked up nicely. I was able to predict one twist but the rest surprised me. So glad they are more books in this series.
Karie
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed the book. I never read this genre but I loved The Jakarta Pandemic so I decided to give it a try. I had trouble figuring out who was who but it all came together well in the end.
Caydenspia
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audible
My thoughts: I give it 2 stars. I added the second star because the narration was very well done.
I found the story line initially gripping and exciting, even though it was difficult to keep track of all the characters. I was confused between who was who. It had a huge cast of characters, most of whom didn't have much to distinguish them. If I'd been reading it on paper, I'd have been flicking back and forth to the list of characters (if there was one) to remind myself who was FBI, who was CIA,
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N.W. Wisniewski
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Daniel considered one of the best black ops assassins the US ever had. He's now living his life in peace with his wife of five years OR so he thought. Brought out of retirement by a US General and teamed up with eight other assassins. They are given the task of taking out eight Middle Eastern men who are believed by the FBI to be funding terrorist activities. Now he's the target. The General sanctioned these hits without permission and without anyone else knowing. So now Daniel has to try and ev ...more
Jilly
May 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
This book is the first one in a series called Black Flagged. It is about terrorism and the FBI.

Daniel was part of the experimental Black Flag program which got shut down and it's controversial activities and secrets were locked away. Someone is now trying to resurect Blag Flag and is forcing Daniel back in.

Daniel has his own secrets that he wants to keep buried. He agrees to carry out one more mission in return for a clean slate. It does not go to plan and all hell breaks loose as he finds him
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Michael
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I have read a good mystery / thriller, and I am glad I picked this one up. The author does a great job of getting you into the character's heads and what they are thinking, and the action is pretty much non-stop and believable from a layman's perspective. This was one of those thrillers I couldn't put down, and stayed up really late in an unsuccessful effort to finish it: that made the next day a little better as I was able to sit in the easy chair and finish. I'm looki ...more
Mary Enck
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was not, to me, your typical thriller with a hero, a sidekick, and an assortment of other characters both supportive and destructive. Add in the practice of these highly resourceful spies, agents and all sorts of antagonists, you come up with some who change names and personalities, who they report to and why they go undercover so deep you think they have a chance of concealing their identity from those who would put an end to their activities. Then, we see some of the most bloody maneuvers ...more
William Bentrim
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is another black ops thriller that has a questionable protagonist. Daniel may have been serving his country but he may have been serving it in illegal black ops operations. Daniel has retired and is attempting to live in Normal life when he is pulled back into the abyss by General Sanderson, the head of the black Ops program. What transpires has some interesting quirks and turns and a wealth of action and violence.

The author paints a troubled person trying to move away from his past. The ch
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Mike Keller
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great espionage action thriller with an international cast and world-class story line.

This story was my choice to introduce a new (to me) author to myself. As an introduction, I could not have chosen better! The characters are perfectly suited to their roles, and described to a tee some familiar strangers, distant relatives, hostile neighbors and few of the corporate executives that I've had the . . opportunity . . to know. The action was fierce, wrapped tightly around the storyline, pulsing wit
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Lynn Hallbrooks
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hold on to your proverbial hat, things are going to get bumpy.

In my opinion, this is a mixture of International Intrigue, Intelligence/Law Enforcement, and Military genres.

An event has the FBI wondering if the US is about to undergo another massive terrorist attack. They have a suspect in custody and believe they can wrap things up in a day. Are they right or will something happen that changes their best-laid plans?

This story has so much going on and there is rarely a dull moment. Yes, there are
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Gbolahan
Ugh. I stopped at 25%. There was this guy who was walking and opening doors and walking and walking and walking, he wanted to go type down stuff his eidetic memory captured...
Uurrgghh...
Main guy is badass like Jason Bourne, monster killer, ice in veins. Thinks fast, kills extremely well, there's manhunt, there's Treadstone...huh...Black Flag, a black ops team so deep no one knows about them...
Jesus.
How many times did I read this type of empty stuff as a kid?
I'll pass.

And I can't remember for the
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Benjamin  Thomas
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just consumed the first book of the Black Flagged series starring Daniel Petrovich. Trust me, it has all the of black-ops, espionage, thriller ingredients to satisfy your spy cravings.

Petrovich is one of the most lethal operatives put under unique circumstances that force him into an impossible dilemma. I can't wait to see what happens in the rest of the series.

If Brad Thor is the "Rolls Royce" of spy thrillers, then Steve Konkoly resembles a 2018 Lamborghini Huracan Performante, sporting a
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Mark Easter
Quite different from other Konkoly series I have read. Two books in, part of me says dump this story of lunatic psychos that casts American special operators in a horrible light; another part says, kind of interesting though. The normal, fast paced prose is still there. The characters are interesting. Most of the twists, however, were predictable, and the killing of innocents and blue on blue forces is a hard pill to swallow and seems unlike what I have come to expect from Konkoly. I am going to ...more
mariesmith
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great story!!! The author grips you in the story so tightly you feel as if you're there. I thought I had this book figured out only to discover that I wasn't sure what was going on. Mr Konkoly is a great author and with his military background the story is so vivid it makes you wonder if he wasn't a operative himself. Just started reading Redux & can't wait to see what happens next. Glad I discovered this author!!!!
Wendy Pecho
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Started kind of slow but sped up about 1/4 way through. Lots of suspense and intrigue throughout this adventure. Daniel and Jess were secrets almost to the end as they were equal in strength and character. Too many characters to keep everyone straight but came together in the end. Enjoyed the book and story and look forward to book #2.
Stewart
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing story - looking forward to the rest of the series. Started book two "Redux" already. Very tight storyline about assassination, subterfuge within the government, and spy craft at its finest! Must read. Most refreshing and original tale I've read in a long time. I implore all to take the time and savour a great book. Well done Steven - I don't give out many 5 stars but worth every one!
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Steven graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993, receiving a bachelor of science in English literature. He served the next eight years on active duty, traveling the world as a naval officer assigned to various Navy and Marine Corps units. His extensive journey spanned the globe, including a two-year tour of duty in Japan and travel to more than twenty countries throughout Asia and th ...more

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“on, lover boy. This girl is done for the evening. I'll let you clean up down here while I get ready for bed. It's been a long day," she said, getting up. Daniel didn't budge. "Long day is right," he whispered. "Hey, do you have anything in your gym bag that needs washing? I can grab it on the way up," she said, heading toward the kitchen with her plate and wine glass. Daniel popped up and rushed behind her into the kitchen” 0 likes
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