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Crusader One

(Tier One #3)

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  2,717 ratings  ·  135 reviews

Nothing stops former Navy SEAL and Tier One operator John Dempsey from answering the call of duty—including a mission with the highest stakes he’s ever faced. When one of the most brazen and lethal acts of terrorism rocks American and Israeli intelligence forces at the highest levels, Dempsey’s ultracovert antiterror unit, Ember, mobilizes.

But this operation isn’t just a r

Kindle Edition, 414 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
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Brian Andrews HI Sara,

Farvad survived. Did you like his character?

Assuming you've read the first two books in the series, you'll see that Dempsey builds relationsh…more
HI Sara,

Farvad survived. Did you like his character?

Assuming you've read the first two books in the series, you'll see that Dempsey builds relationships with assets in different specialities in different organizations and these supporting characters make appearances in later books. (e.g., Chunk with the SEALs, Hanson with FBI HRT, Levi Harel, etc.). This happens in real life, agents need to build a network of allies they can count on all around the world...

It is certainly possible we will see Farvad again :-)


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Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I won an ebook version of this novel in a goodreads drawing.

A fairly typical cyber thriller, with the usual team going up against terrorists who blew up the heads of US and Israeli intelligence.

Not bad, although it occasionally seems like the author was hitting his checklist instead of letting things flow organically.
One word: plot twists.

One more word: romance.

This third book in the Tier One series is extremely satisfying; the whole Iranian problem gets wrapped up and takes some surprising turns. The best part for me is watching John Dempsey's character grow yet again as new circumstances shape his self-image and identity in general. As always, the side characters are fantastic and the action is intense. I never imagined that I, a romance/chick-lit lover, would enjoy hearing the politics of America and Iran
Roy Ringer
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great Trilogy

All 3 books in this series were fantastic reads. Lots of action, well told story & interesting & likeable characters.
Looking forward to more books in this series.
Gene Ortiz
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lives up to the other books in the series

Fast-paced interesting, loaded with details. A good read. Hard to put down. Can’t wait to read the next one. Hope the author keeps them coming. Gene O
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book was amazing. i know it might sound like a broken record by now but this is my favorite book of the series. it just goes to show how every book so far has raised the stakes for our hero John and his team. For goodness sake going to a hostile country that if caught its basically over. wow. other threats were stopping WW3? Did he stop a nuclear warhead from going off? Well you have to read this book to find out. i know the answer cuz i finished reading it. ha. i will take a break from the seri ...more
Neil Clarke
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I loved every bit of this. So well written the tension and logistics of the missions are easily imagined. Another unputdownable Tier One read.
James Tyler Brooks
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Right in the Action!

These guys stick you right in the middle of the action. Crusader One is another excellent read with one heck of a teaser for the next one—which is where I’m heading now.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Moving right along with a great series
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Crusader One is a fast-paced action-heavy race-against-time thriller that retains the spirit of excellence that is imbued in the Tier One series. Brian Andrews and Jeffery Wilson form a dynamic duo of action writers.

Crusader One continues the narrative of Team Ember and John Dempsey, hot on the trail of the VEVAK operative who orchestrated the deaths of his Dempsey's previous team of soldiers. With nuclear tensions rising between Israel and Iran due to a devastating attack on the US and Israeli
Betsy Leff
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"WOW WOW WOW- What a Thrill!!!!!!"

Brian Andrews and Jeffery Wilson have become my favorite authors and this last book in the Tier One trilogy truly solidifies this. Holy cow, what a ride!

Because this is the third book in the series, I felt I knew the characters and their subtleties. However, Andrews and Wilson had some surprises up their collective sleeves that I didn't see coming. That is the mark of truly great writers- the fact that after two books, the third book still had new depths.

The st
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again the Ember team is called upon to stop an all out war from starting. John Dempsey goes back to his past to pull one of his former SEAL team members into the Ember unit. It isn't easy for his old friend to accept he has been alive this whole time but is ready to be called to action as the units new field medic. With a lethal terrorism attack, both American & Israeli intelligence agencies call on their respective elite secret forces to combat together the brewing problem. For Dempsey isn ...more
Kelli West
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank God there are only three books in this series! Every time my husband asked me to do anything until him I couldn't because I was in the middle of a Mission!

Loved this Series! The books are written so that you feel like you are part of the book! I felt like I was a part of the team! I read it in my Kindle so Silly me didn't find the important military "slang" until the end of first book! I recommend this series to anyone that always wanted to live as a Warrior!
James E Moses
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very good read

Action packed reading that will keep you coming back for more. You become involved with the characters and want to see them in the next book.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
John Dempsey is working for Embers but still has the Seal thinking he'll never leave behind. There are some things from the past he is not ready to close the book on but in this story he has his opportunity and he takes it. The whole thing starts at the home of the DNI director with the Israel counter part visiting. After the bomb goes off John meets with the team and they team up with their counterpart in Israel. Who can he trust? Is this the chance to make Iran pay for the death of his Seal te ...more
Catherine Nelson
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Holy crap! I love these books! Reading these books sucked me in to the point I was creeping through the jungle, repelling out of helicopters, using the .50 cal to defend my team from terrorists, and otherwise kicking ass and saving the day. Can't wait for the next book! If you're looking for a really solidly written, exciting adventure with a little mystery and a little espionage thrown in, you've got to read these books. Then YOU can kick ass and save the day! ...more
Scott J Hodges
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing

One of the best in the series to date! John Dempsey is the best character and Wilson and Andrews bring out the inner workings of his mind. Additionally, I would follow Kelso Jarvis into battle any day! It amazes me how attached I have become to all of the characters in this series. It is so entertaining to watch their growth as operators and the internal struggles they must battle during their quest to complete the mission. American Operator is perhaps the best book of the series and one
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a ride!

Crusader One was one heck of a ride! I have come to expect heart pounding action sequences with our JD, and this does NOT disappoint! We see JD battle some vicious demons in this installment, and how does he come out on the other side? Read Crusader One and find out!
Mr Mark Hawksford
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Crusader One

I’ve read the previous two books and enjoyed them so much I wanted to read this third. Like the first two, it is action packed and a definite pager turner. You could read this as a one off, but I would strongly recommend you read the other two first, as you have far more of the back story. As I have mentioned in my reviews of book 1 and 2, these are equal to Lee Child’s Reacher books. My suggestion is buy all three and have a good read over Christmas.
Raymond B.
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The action keeps on rolling

It’s awesome when authors lead you in one direction that’s exciting and interesting only to suddenly grip you with a diversion, heightening your anticipation of a new twist and protagonist challenge. Tier One continues to entertain.
Michael A Dwyer
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
engaging, hard to put down
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Crusader One : HOOH YAH !

Loved this book and the series . The bravado through out the book is not hokey it had this reader in the suck against all odds battling by proxy . Great read !

Jim Cerone The Perfect Host DJ MC
Improving Thrill Rides

This 3rd book in the series is the strongest so far; skillfully plotted and filled with action. Dialogue now better too.
Patrick Lincoln
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great read from this amazing duo

The writing is so well done and the characters so well laid out that you go through all the emotions they do. The authors do such an amazing job with action sequences that your brain pulls in your other senses and you end up out of breath.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Loved it.
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic installment

Fast paced and action packed! I love this series and book 3 doesn’t disappoint. After Mitch Rapp and Scot Harvath, this is my go to action series.
Thomas D
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Focus on Iran & What Could Happen

Complex & Interesting Characters & Plot Kept me turning pages & getting less sleep.
What's Next - Setting Is Changing, New Roles & Romance
John Purvis
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Crusader One" eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson ( The pair have published three novels, all in their "Tier One Thriller" series.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set mostly in the middle east. The primary character is former US Navy SEAL and Tie
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read

This story kept me on the edge of my seat. Could not put this book down. Looking forward to the next book .
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great ending to a great trilogy
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great current events

The characters are well established. I enjoyed the interactions and the dynamics. I enjoyed the intensity as well as the story line.
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Brian Andrews is a US Navy veteran, Park Leadership Fellow, and former submarine officer with a psychology degree from Vanderbilt and a masters in business from Cornell University. He is the author of three critically acclaimed high-tech thrillers: Reset, The Infiltration Game, and The Calypso Directive, and co-authors the Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon best-selling TIER ONE thriller series wit ...more

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