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Starfish Prime (Blackfox Chronicles #2)

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Michael Blackfox thought he'd left the Marine Corps, but they had other ideas. The best trained man for a high risk mission is dead and Blackfox is uniquely qualified to be the heir apparent. Trouble is, he and his father are currently fugitives on the run from the law.

Marine Special Operations roughly brings Michael back into the fold, while allowing his father to be arre

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Kindle Edition, 1st, 242 pages
Published March 2nd 2014 (first published March 1st 2013)
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Steve Justice
Mar 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Starfish Prime is apparently the second in a series but it was the first I read and that may have had an influence on the bewilderment I felt throughout most of this novel.

This is a book that places itself in the military camp unashamedly, and there is nothing wrong with that if you are a fan of military fiction. For myself, I found the military details overwhelming and the lack of any other detail notable. When the lads are diving for lobsters off a beautiful, paradise-like island the only deta
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Emma Jaye
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this book in return for an honest, non-reciprocal review.

Starfish Prime fits its genre of contemporary military thriller perfectly. The action is well described, and the relationships between the characters clear and in some cases very deep, especially between father and son Char and Michael. I especially liked the irreverent way the older man Char addressed some of the top brass, even though it makes his son wince.
Yes a strong female character would have added to the story, but would
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Linda
Oct 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Blackfox thought he'd left Marine Force Recon behind, but they had other ideas. The best trained man for a high risk mission is dead and Blackfox is uniquely qualified to be the heir apparent. The trouble is he and his father are currently fugitives on the run from the law. Marine Special Operations roughly brings Michael back into the fold, while allowing his father to be arrested and extradited. If Michael cooperates, the government will go easy on his dad. A Russian arms dealer recove ...more
Elizabeth Rose
Mar 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This military-themed thriller centers on former special ops officer Michael Blackfox and his involvement in stopping a plot involving a nuclear warhead that has fallen in the hands of terrorists. It takes a while for all of the various threads to be established (characters are assembled from around the world), and the action frequently slows down to make way for extensive exposition, but the second half of the book draws everything together.
Supporters and veterans of the American military are l
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Sally Wolf
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Captain Michael Blackfox thought he was done with the marines living the life of luxury on the lam with his father on their yacht "Good as Gold," but once you sign your name on the dotted line giving up your life to the government it is theirs forever until you die. Due to a series of unfortunate events he is called back into active duty, to go on a super secret mission of which its success would make or break the history of the world. Do you like military dramas? Is Tom Clancy one of your favor ...more
Richard Baggett
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great read.

Good read and lots of action, I would like to read more- great case of characters and military know how.
Beverlee Henderson
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book!

Totally enjoyed the characters and the story. Never a dull moment. Highly recommend. I'm sure you will enjoy this book.
John Dizon
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Starfish Prime by T.S. O’Neil is the sequel to the author’s debut novel, Tampa Star. Once again we find ourselves on the trail of Michael Blackfox, a special forces operative that the military doesn’t seem to be able to do without. Eddie Doyle, along with agents Beavers and Davis, are sent out to intercept Michael and spoil his plans to spend the rest of his life in luxury with the spoils from the Tampa Star caper. They hook him up to Major General Mc Elroy, who has gotten word of a possible ter ...more
M.M. Strawberry Reviews
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, military
This is a solid sequel to Tampa Star, and a book where the author really hits his stride. While I enjoyed Tampa Star, I enjoyed this book more, since in this book, it feels as if T.S. O'Neil has become more confident and certain in his writing, and it shows in everything - the way the plot goes, the characterization of both main and minor characters, and the action sequences.

The story itself is paced well, and opens with a chapter that draws the reader in right away. The description of Char and
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Dan Abubakar
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Starfish Prime (Blackfox Chronicles)

The first few pages of a book are very detrimental to the success of a book; if they are unable to capture me, it is unlikely I would be able to read the book. When Starfish Prime starts off with two would be high school terrorists whose plans are foiled by a marine who is in the wrong place at the wrong time, Starfish promises a good read.

With Starfish Prime, I was also very drawn to the main characters, Michael Blackfox and his fugitive father Char. I especi
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K.W. Benton
Mar 28, 2014 rated it liked it
If I were a man who played FPS video games or were former military I would probably have rated this four stars. The story is engaging and he gives quite a bit of information regarding the technical aspects of military information.
I, however, am not a male reader. I still think the writing and the story have merit. I was exhausted by the knowledge dumping. I felt like I took a crash course in military speak. (This could be a selling point for some, but I felt it got in the way of the story pace.)
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Marco Peel
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Special Ops Spectacle

When a highly specialized team member of a Marine Corps Special Operation is killed in a civilian gunfight, there is only one man who can take his place for a high stakes covert operation into Venezuela: Michael Blackfox. But he’s disappeared on a luxury yacht somewhere in the Caribbean with a million dollars worth of stolen gold.

Detained and conscripted into the operation, Michael Blackfox suddenly finds himself in charge after his team leader is killed in a ambush in the V
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Pennie
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are in need of a holiday that is fast-paced and with a military theme, this book is for you. A well thought out plot in a setting that truly captures the imagination with no chance of slowing down, I really enjoyed it. O'Neil knows how to bring characters to life with his flawless descriptive writing and unique style of portrayal, it captures your involvement from the beginning. I couldn't put it down and I think it only took me four days to get through it. I don't usually read military b ...more
Martin Landry
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(Reposted from Amazon.ca) "Starfish Prime," the sequel to "Tampa Star," is author T.S. O'Neil's second book in "The Blackfox Chronicals" series, and it is clear that he is hitting his stride; this novel does not disappoint. The story starts out with bang, setting up the "retired" protagonist for a very unique mission requirement. It then builds from quiet calm to a crashing crescendo of fast-paced action as the plot moves from a luxury yacht to the rain-forests of South America. Well researched ...more
James Jackson
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A Riveting Sequel
I read O’Neil’s first book, Tampa Star, and thoroughly enjoyed it. As such I expected a lot of this sequel and I was not disappointed. ‘Starfish Prime’ not only delivered, but exceeded my expectations. The characters are so believable, and the pace just how I like it, quick, yet not so fast that the story ran me over. At times I found myself even wondering if this were fiction, or the retelling of actual events, the author is ex military after all. I felt engaged with the story
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Chad
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I enjoyed this book and will have to go back and read the first of the Michael Blackfox storyline to catch-up on a few things. The book was solid with a lot of military details and action. I would have enjoyed the book more if there had been more description into the settings around the Blackfox team. Topical locations could have been given more detail and less on the booze and girl action, but overall a good read and I look forward to the next Michael Blackfox adventure.
I was given the book thr
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Stuart Lynch
I received this book through a Good Reads giveaway. The storyline was interesting and believable and about half way through the book you find out where the name Starfish Prime comes from. What detracted from the book for me was the descriptions of sexual encounters (a paragraph here and there), which did not need to be in the book. The book was also poorly formated, with two characters speaking in the same sentence (had to re-read a few just to figure out who was speaking), and broken paragraphs ...more
Seanna Yeager
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

There was lots of military detail and it was action packed.

I have not read the first box in the series, I would recommend doing that before you read this book.

Tricha Leary
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting change for me. I totally enjoyed it!
Dave
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starfish Prime is a fast paced action novel. Char & Michael are back and still in trouble with the law . Looking forward to their next adventure.
Donna Foster
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Great book if you are a man and into military thrillers.
Pat Rosenberg
lots of action, at times difficult to follow, would have liked more character development
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I'm originally from Newington CT. I went to undergraduate school at Northeastern University in Boston and have an MBA from the University of Phoenix in Technology Management. I spent a good amount of time in the military; first as an enlisted Marine in the Marine Reserve, then about ten years on active duty as an officer in the Military Police Corps of the U.S. Army and I finished out my career in ...more
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