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Into a Dark Frontier

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  30 reviews
In the near future, Africa collapses into an enormous failed state, leaving the continent lawless and severely depopulated. For most, the breakdown brings horror, but for others—the outcast, the desperate, the criminals, and the insane—it allows unparalleled opportunity: a new frontier of danger and unlimited possibility. In America, ex-Navy SEAL Slade Crawford, emotionall ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Oceanview Publishing
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Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Damn. Now that's some good storytelling! Action from beginning to end, with just enough breaks so I could stop and catch my breath...then back on my feet kicking ass and taking names! Pew, pew...yeah that's my gun noise. Seriously, the fact that I could believe in every bad thing that happens in this book is what made it all so terrifying. It was a brutal and graphic read. You only have to watch the news to realize how real this could be, or even pay a little attention to what the U.N. is not do ...more
2.5 stars

Even if I actually enjoyed the first half of the book - in spite of too much actions for my taste - the second part of this book didn't work for me at all.

I think the main reason is the disappearance of an intriguing mystery effect in the story-line and a sudden replacement of the characters, in addition to even more action.

I have an impression that the author is a big fan of computer shooting games, and in some scenes (actually in the entire second part) he got too inspired by one (o
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding military thriller and an incredibly auspicious debut novel. This very talented author creates a diabolical and quite credible geopolitical crises in the context of a dynamic, page turning thriller. Very highly recommended.
John W.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
John Mangan’s debut novel, INTO A DARK FRONTIER, is an intense mystery thriller that grips readers from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the last page. The momentum of the storyline moves at lightning speed giving readers a feeling they are watching a feature film. The storyline focuses on the turmoil throughout the world from the shores of the United States across thousands of miles to Africa. The author gives readers an inside look at the real life struggles immigrants face as they attem ...more
Apr 02, 2017 marked it as waste-of-time
Copy courtesy of NetGalley

The description makes this book sound like an exciting read -- I really tried, but gave in at 33%. The storylines, characters and writing-style are so dull that this novel seems like a non-fiction book. I'm just done.....
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. The main character in this story, Slade, is an ex-Navy SEAL who is currently a fugitive and on the run from Homeland Security after he is falsely accused of terrorism. Slade heads to Africa hoping to start a new life, but instead finds himself captures by an American colonel, Gary, who then blackmails Slade into tracking down a religious cult that is terrorizing the area. I did enjoy the author's writing and the story is certainly filled with a lot of action and moves along at a prett ...more
InD'tale Magazine
A techno-thriller set in a distant, yet highly possible future, “Into the Dark Frontier” draws the reader into an adventure that starts with a bang…and ends with another.

Read full review in the 2017 November issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Instant action. This is how you start out a book with the main character getting shot down in an aircraft and parachuting to safety on a freighter in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Luckily, from here the story only gets better. Slade is a like Rambo. A badass.

Although, the action and the presence of a strong, main character were bonuses. What I enjoyed the most was the geographical location of Africa. It lends a nice backdrop for this story. As Slade was traveling all over the jungles and ot
Elite Group
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A non-stop action thriller packed with adventure and danger

In the near future, the continent of Africa has collapsed into chaos, with criminals and rogue security agents ruling over a greatly diminished, poverty- and disease-stricken population. Over in America, ex-Navy SEAL Slade Crawford has been falsely accused of terrorism by the government he spent 20 years serving. Emotionally broken by the death of his son in a terrible accident and the resultant falling apart of his marriage, Slade decid
Phillip III
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
INTO A DARK FRONTIER is a the debut thriller from John Mangan. Hard to believe this is his first novel. The writing is crisp, the dialogue authentic, and the pacing non-stop.

While the book boosts that the story takes place in the near future, I am convinced it is not a future so far away. There is economic turmoil across the globe, and a land-snatch is underway. Africa is among the hardest hit. The entire continent is a mess. Escaping trumped up charges, ex-SEAL, Slade Crawford is on the run fro
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
I won my copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
Overall this was a good thriller, well paced and with good characters and setting. The majority of this story takes place in a near-future Africa, when the entire continent has devolved into chaos, except for a small enclave of semi-stability in South Africa. Meanwhile overpopulated, under-resourced countries outside Africa are bleeding refugee/colonists who seek a new life in Africa in a land grab not unlike that of the American West. But,
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Into a Dark Frontier by John Mangan is a novel about an ex-soldier, now a mercenary based in the near future on Africa. Mr. Mangan is a retired Lt. Col. From the US Air Force, this is his debut novel.

Slade Crawford, an ex-Navy SEAL now a government fugitive, has been hired by a religious group to take them to Africa, a continent falling apart at the seams. In the near future, African countries have fallen and it’s a free-for-all, dog eat dog, continent, a perfect place it seems to start a religi
William Bentrim
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Into A Dark Frontier by John Mangan

Whew! The author has action and adventure nailed! This was a hard book to put down. In many places it was hard to read due to the brutality of the story but it was also very thought provoking. Africa is depicted as a new frontier after a series of events leads to a dramatic depopulation. The protagonist is a former Seal who has been identified falsely as a terrorist. The story is his fight against a corrupt system.

Mangan postulates some potential issues with t
Jay Williams
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books in the black ops genre. When you are betrayed by the government you have faithfully served, have lost your family, and are being hunted by everyone, life becomes a nightmare attempt to survive. The story is based in current events, and makes sense politically. The action includes a strange sect that uses violence, torture and death for its rituals. When Slade becomes a guide and protector for a group of religious pioneers in Africa, a Christian nut becomes an enemy, ...more
Lovely Loveday
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The synopsis for Into a Dark Frontier makes the book sound very interesting and exciting to read. While I am a huge fan of thrillers, I just could not get into this book. I feel that I lost interest after about a third of the way through. There was no pull or draw from the plot line or characters. However, being an avid readers I did finish reading the book. This book lacks the suspense and intrigue that is needed to make a thriller remarkable. The book does get a bit bogged down during the surv ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite story genre: a rogue military agent with specific resources fighting for justice against overwhelming evil forces. The unending list of weapons and vehicles and technology devices did not impress me. The continuous battles with numerous dying foes and many personal wounds did not impress me. The multitude of trivial obvious editing mistakes were very impressive - I care much for proper language usage, apparently the publisher does not. I enjoyed the dialogue with the Kiwi operati ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Slade Crawford is on the run. A decorated navy seal he has been wrongly accused of terrorism. After two years in US custody, he is able to escape from his no-name blacksite prison and make his way to freedom. But it is a freedom based on the hell of war, disease and death. He is on his way to Africa, a continent that has been destroyed by sectarian violence, famine and disease. So begins the thriller, Into a Dark Frontier, by John Mangan.

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Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Slade Crawford is having problems of his own but his friend has given him a chance to change his life if he can be at the harbor to escort a group wanting to go to Africa to live in their own community with their religious beliefs. He is a little late but makes it on board and then tries to explain how hard life will be but the group have made their decision to go. We see the lack of safety, lack of government and all of the problems they find. Can they get help? Not so much. They have arms but ...more
James Tritten
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The main character jumping from a stolen Cessna in actual instrument flight conditions and safely landing on the deck of a moving ship at sea at night rivals Camerlengo Carlo Ventresca (Patrick McKenna in the movie) parachuting from a helicopter and landing in St. Peter's Square. This opening would be worthy of Ethan Hunt on a Mission Impossible.

If you join John Mangan for the ride, it will be fast and full of surprises. Good writing, nice summations at enough points to help the reader keep trac
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow!! I thought the start was a little wobbly until the Slade character was more developed but after that, a great read. very gritty and brutal in places...a great look at a world not too far from our own. The finale was fantastic and totally not what I expected.

Roll on the sequel and prequel...get writing, Mr Mangan! :)

I'm obviously biased but lived the Kiwis!
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! It will take me a while to catch my breath and heal the crick in my neck because I couldn't stop reading. The underlying premise of the magnificent action novel is terrifying in that it is entirely believable. I can't resist strong characters who risk their lives, against seemingly insurmountable odds defending what is right and good against evil. Herein, John Mangan has a winner.

Veronica DelaCruz-Araki
I actually liked the beginning of the book- the journey into Africa and introduction to a sinister cult. But after that, I felt a bit lost. Like there were so many things going on and the secret organizations and the main characters, that the author didn't know where to focus. I wanted to care about the characters and what was going on with them. But I didn't feel invested. I was able to finish, however the end left me scratching my head (no very believable for me...) sorry. ...more
F. Allen
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Combat Read

Although reluctant to become engaged in what I had no way of knowing the truth about, the essence of the main character as an experienced combatant was so convincing that I did an about face and loved this quick, exciting read. The place was a war torn Africa and the location descriptions were amazing. Good reading!
Apr 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping but creepy

The military thriller aspect was gripping although the writing struck me as a bit amateurish in places. What I found creepy was the dehumanization of the African characters and their indiscriminate slaughter, up to & including the unregretted killing of innocent bystanders.
If you like action packed thrillers then this could be just the ticket for you. The main character, Slade, is gunshot, blasted out of the sky, parachuted onto a boat, publicly humiliated by a teenage girl, kidnapped and released by a multi-task force, all within the first third of the story.

There some talk of religion, but it certainly doesn’t overpower the plot. There’s a lot of talk of logistics, which isn’t surprising considering the author clearly knows what he’s talking about on that front
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set in the near future, Africa has been destroyed and someone does not want it rebuilt. Slade Crawford, a once respected Seal is on the run, looking for a new start. He is helping a group relocate to Africa, but his past is coming for him. This is a good book, the first half moves along at a nice pace, it does get a bit bogged down during the surveillance stage, but picks up nicely for the final encounter. Does leave it open for a second book, if so this is a strong starter.
Lynda Stevens

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Into a Dark Frontier

by John Mangan

Pub Date 05 Sep 2017

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The dark Frontier is a ravaged Africa, maybe lot so lo.g in the near future. The hero Slade Crawford is fleeing from an Orwéllian USA that had trackers consists, all communication tapped. He does it in style, landing by parachute from a stolen plane onto a ship of refugees who wish to establish a new colony strong in Faith. Slade
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hegelian Dialectic: You intentionally create a problem . . . which requires a solution . . .that benefits you. - G.W.F. Hegel

This is a fast-paced gory thriller that features ex-Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Slade Crawford who has been wrongly accused of domestic terrorism.

This book takes place in the near future and Africa is in a total shambles, with land up for the grabbing to those brave enough to settle there.

Crawford daringly escapes the U.S. and heads to Africa to lead the Judeans, a reli
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If you're a person who loves reading a thriller where the main character often enjoys near-superhuman powers—where the "bad guys" are unbelievably bad, and the "good guys" tend to be a bit shady—you'll probably want to give John Mangan's Into a Dark Frontier a try. Mangan takes the reader on a dangerous journey, filled with nonstop intrigue—and plenty of action and violence.

In the book's early chapters, its main character, ex-Navy SEAL Slade Crawford, is forced to confront enemies who

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Lt. Col. (R) John Mangan is a decorated combat rescue pilot, novelist and proud father. While a cadet at the US Air Force Academy he earned his parachute and glider pilot wings, and was an instructor at the Survival Escape Resistance & Evasion (SERE) school. After graduation he attended Undergraduate Pilot Training and became a Combat Search and Rescue pilot flying the HH-60G, Pave Hawk. During hi ...more

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