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Man of War

(Eric Steele #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,499 ratings  ·  216 reviews
Eric Steele is the best of the best—an Alpha—an elite clandestine operative assigned to a US intelligence unit known simply as the "Program." A superbly trained Special Forces soldier who served several tours fighting radical Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Steele now operates under the radar, using a deadly combination of espionage and brute strength to root out his ene ...more
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by William Morrow
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David Putnam
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I really liked this book. I know I’ve said that about too many of the last books I’ve read but this one is different. The last two that I loved, Savage Country and One Foot in Eden, are both worlds apart from Man of War. Country and Eden are like savory entrees from an expensive restaurant, flavor that stays with you for days. Man of War is more like chocolate and popcorn, tasty and light.
Man of War is an action adventure with a little romance for spice. This genre is overcrowded to say t
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent debut! A new action thriller hero Eric Steele is part of the POTUS shadow group "The Program". His task is to retrieve a stolen portable nuclear weapon in the hands of the wrong guy. Meanwhile, in DC, CIA Director is on a mission to expose the President's Program and remove him from office. What a ride!

I hope to see Eric Steele as another long and successful action thriller series. You'd want to check out Man of War if you're a fan of covert world ie: Mitch Rapp, Scot Harvath, Pike
The Real Book Spy
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Decorated combat veteran and New York Times bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon Sean Parnell makes his highly-anticipated fiction debut.

After several tours fighting terrorists in Afghanistan, Eric Steele now serves as part of an elite, top-secret unit known simply as the Program.

Originally, after carrying his commander to safety following an attack on his Special Forces team, Steele was nominated for the prestigious Medal of Honor. But instea
This is Sean Parnell’s first fiction book. I am impressed with his authentic action story. The book is well written and the characters are realistic. Our protagonist, Eric Steele, is a member of a small elite top-secret unit. The story is filled with non-stop action. The action is a combination of military, espionage and political. The story moves around from the USA, Middle East, Northern Africa to Europe. The author provides some good descriptions of the various areas of action. The suspense b ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Source* Library
*Genre* Thriller
*Rating* 4.0


Man of War, by author Sean Parnell, is the first installment in the authors Eric Steele series. Man of War introduces a new hero for our troubled age. Eric Steele, code named Stalker 7, is a badass with the brains and brawn that readers love, but also a man with deep compassion and a commitment to his mission and his country. Eric is what's called an Alpha. An elite clandestine operator who works for the Program to go where ever he is asked t
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Eric Steele stood at six foot two, was to get Medal of Honor but they then erased all records that Steele had ever been born as he began his Alpha training as youngest Alpha trainee in history at The Program’s facility in Fort Bragg North Carolina, in a place they called the Salt Pit.

Fully loaded with all the necessary ingredients, the great cast of characters men and women of war, delivered potent and solid rapid fire successions, with an author’s great craft in evoking a vivid sense of place a
Stephan Almodovar
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a super fun thrill ride! The action was awesome, the locales were vividly described that I felt like I was there, and that climax was intense!! Looking forward to reading All Out War!
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man of War is a spectacular action thriller that grips the reader with an iron fist and does not let go till the last page. The narrative is an interesting one, with delightful twists and turns and characters that come right out of the pages. The main protagonist, Eric Steele is a hardened warrior with a dangerous set of skills which he employs efficiently throughout the fast paced thriller. The author, Mr Parnell, does an excellent job at capturing the emotions of the characters and using them ...more
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I hate to say it, but this ended up being exceedingly average. The fast-paced, incredibly detailed action scenes are balanced out by the most tropey battlefield romance I’ve ever read. Shockingly, I thought the political intrigue was the best part of the book and there wasn’t nearly enough of it!
Brett T
Sean Parnell's first book, Outlaw Platoon, was a nonfiction account of his time fighting in Afghanistan and was well-received for its deep dive into the lives and minds of the men with whom he fought for his country. But, as he says in his acknowledgments section, he also had an idea for a novel, and the success of Outlaw Platoon got him in the door of an agent and publisher for Man of War.

Eric Steele is one of the Alphas, a clandestine set of operatives who handle particularly rough jobs to ach
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crazy debut!

My gosh! I am absolutely intrigued by Eric Steele, and I want to know more and see more about him! Steele is an absolute badass, and he is put to the test when a mentor from his past pops up and wrecks havoc.
I like Steele’s absolute dedication to help and protect others. He can often times get himself into trouble, and I can’t wait to see more of that side of him! Also, I love Meg Harding! I really hope she sticks around with Steele in his future escapades!
Jennifer Brown
Feb 05, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I made it to page 158 (chapter 30) before giving up on it. I just couldn't get in to the story. ...more
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been reading and been a serious fan of military action thrillers for years. I've read every book in the Mitch Rapp series, and I own and have read all of Brad Thor's Scot Harvath thrillers. I've enjoyed others as well, but those are the two big boys on the block if the genre. I'm always looking for new authors and new series to enjoy. Some are great (Jack Carr's The Terminal List), but most are good to servicable at best. After reading Sean Parnell's non-fiction account of his war time serv ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very entertaining and fast paced. Looking forward to book 2.
Kathy Church
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It took me about 100 pages to really figure out what was going on in the book. I wasn't sure who were the good folks and who were the bad. But once I figured it out I couldn't stop reading. Lots of action. ...more
Really liked, Man of War a lot, will make me eventually re-read the 3rd book One True Patriot. Since realized that starting with the 3rd, it's not a standalone and needs to be read in order.

Definitely my style of book, it's action packed, liked the fast pace, full of twists and turns, overloaded with tension, has a story line that's ripped right out of the headlines, it's gripping, builds to a epic conclusion, good and nasty characters and like the good verse evil theme.

The LBGT tie-in with the
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An All-American Hero

If you’re a fan of the action/thriller genre I can promise you thrills (and chills) from Sean Parnell’s debut into fiction, “Man of War”. It’s the first in what I hope is a long-running series of Eric Steele’s exploits. Parnell writes with obvious authority on tactical combat maneuvers, weapons, etc but he’s also an accomplished writer. Parnell’s protagonist is an all-American type, ala Brad Thor’s Scott Harvath, which is high on my list of favorite fictional characters. The
David Morgan
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Scintillating, High Octane Thriller

I haven't read a book that moved with a sense of urgency like this one does in a long time. I got sucked in on the very first page and couldn't put it down until my heart slowed and I reached the conclusion. I'm not much of a gun person but after this I think I've heard of every type used in the military. This story is so well written that you're right there in the middle of the action and watching it play out in front of you. I love when I can get lost in th
Josh Hitch
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great new action character from an author who knows combat from first hand knowledge. The character Eric Steele is a resourceful soldier working in an off the books program for the President. Also the support characters are well fleshed out without slowing down the action. Throw in a great villain who has a shared pass with our lead and a small nuke to put this into the realm of great thrillers. This is a first in a series looking forward to more from this character and this author.
Richard Guerrero
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
A friend referred this book, was hoping for a better book. Had some good moments and good storyline but was real corny and contradicting at times. Of course he cannot be original, the best looking strongest male and the best looking strongest female get together and save the world. There was a lot of over the top moments but The ending was way too much. In saying that I will try the next one and see if it gets more realistic. That is what I assumed being the authors background.
Michael Travis
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Authenticity oozes through the print from an author who is an American hero. Eric Steele is another version of an American hero, somehow surviving some amazing battles without being sidelined. I will continue to follow Eric Steele for sure. At the end of the day though, I still seek Jack Jr., Dingo and the rest as the #1 team that I have followed thanks to Mr. Clancy.
Stuart Ashenbrenner
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a great "debut" novel! This was Sean Parnell's first fiction novel, and he slammed through the thriller door. Coming off of the New York Times bestseller Outlaw Platoon, which was an absolutely riveting non-fiction book, this thriller was reminiscent of Jack Carr's relatively recent debut thriller The Terminal List. If you liked it, you'll enjoy this novel. I know it gets said too often, but like Jack Carr, this has a Vince Flynn/Brad Thor feel to it.

The action is non-stop, and this novel t
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! Couldn't put it down. Hope there's another one! ...more
Mark Payton
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mitch Rapp has some new competition in Parnell's Eric Steele. ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wicked Good

If you like Clancy, Coes, Flynn, Dawson, Thor, et alia you will lap this up. One can only hope that Mr Parnell writes more in this series.
Rosibel Matta
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Men of War this book was a big surprise I did not think I would win it, but here it is and I won it in the Goodreads giveaways and thank you for the book.
Extremely interesting, you feel that you are in the story, the book is so well written that you can see everything in your mind as if you were there.
Full of power and action this book screams for its own movie.
Although I think this book is more for men, but still enjoy the book a lot.
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five stars doesn’t do this book justice. Fantastic in every way.A terrific story that moves with a sense of urgency.Do yourself a favor and read this book.
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Great first novel. I will eagerly look forward to the next one.
Mike  Ferguson
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man of War

Superb fiction debut from the author of Outlaw Platoon. Great characters and a plot that keeps a reader turning pages.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
The story starts slow, but it has to so that the all the characters and the story line gels. Although this is not the type of story I normally read it is so well paced and written that it carries you along.
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Sean Parnell is the author of the bestselling memoir Outlaw Platoon. He is a retired Army Infantry captain who served in some of the heaviest combat of the Afghan War. He recounts those battles in vivid detail during his leadership presentations for the nation's most successful teams and corporations. He is also the Co-Founder of the American Warrior Initiative, a charity that honors and empowers ...more

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“The FN, on the other hand, was designed in Belgium around the SS190 5.7×28mm round; hence the name. Its sole purpose was to
punch through body armor, and it was the cartel favorite. Steele press-checked the pistol and after ensuring it was loaded,
screwed a suppressor onto the threaded barrel. When it was snug, he pressed a wireless earpiece into his ear, stepped out
of the vehicle, and eased the door shut behind him.

In the darkness the only sound came from the raindrops on the roof and the gentle swishing of traffic that drifted from the
highway. Steele let his eyes adjust to the darkness”
“He wiped the sweat off his forehead and bent to look out the window. It was amazing how heavy a 1.6-pound pistol could get
if you weren’t relaxed. He knew better and chided himself, but forgot the pain the moment he saw the target building.

The neon dragon dancing on the roof glinted off the puddles in sparks of yellow and red. Outside the Dragon’s Door the line
stretched back around the block. Steele set the pistol on the ledge and checked the Rolex Submariner on his wrist. It was
11:25. He pulled a magnifier from the inside pocket of his Manning and Manning jacket and pressed it to his eye.

“I’m on target,” he said.

“Uploading the feed, stand by,”
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