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(SEALs of Steel #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,174 ratings  ·  166 reviews
When Badger Horley, a SEAL, and the rest of his eight-man unit hit an antitank landmine on a routine reconnaissance mission, all were badly injured, but one of his men died. Having only joined a year before, he'd been the youngest member of the squad. Mouse left behind unanswered questions about his life…along with seven team members who aim to see that his tragic death is ...more
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Valley Publishing Ltd. (first published April 30th 2018)
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Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book should have had like 3 chapters at the beginning, to install the plot.
Problems with the characterization of Badger and Kat, who are inconsistants. Kat don't speak like she studied 12 years to be prosthetic designer. Badger is full of rage at the beginning, and suddenly, he's laughing and flirting with Kat. They often said platitude.
And... at the end, we don't know who is responsible of the accident 2 years ago. I understand that the answer will be in the next books, but since I don't p
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just Okay

This was not a great read. There was no chemistry between the characters and at times, the story was fragmented. Kat and Badger are not memorable and the overall plots were superficially done.

I will not continue with this series.
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
In this great suspense by Dale Mayer, there were two compelling mysteries to solve and lots of secrets to reveal. When a last minute change of orders re-routed Badger's team when on active duty, their truck was blown up, killing one man and changing the lives of the other 7 forever. Two years later, Badger still couldn't let it go. He HAD to find out who changed the orders. His body was still healing but he wouldn't slow down enough to let it actually finish the healing process. Because he lost ...more
Dana Wood
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just ok for me. The two different threats going on, one with the doc and then the main plot point didn’t flow right. The romance between the doc and Badger was so lukewarm that I was shocked that they even liked each other. It just didn’t cut it for me.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A little bit of everything, military edition

A little romance, intrigue, conspiracy, sabotage, betrayal, family and friendship. This story has it all and it flows together fantastically.

The background of the story where all the characters have missing limbs due to a variety of reasons is intriguing and unique. It shows how the world can look at people with amputation, but it also shows how having an amputation does not hav to stop you from thriving and being a bada**. The seals are tough and fie
Annette Drewett
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great start to this offshoot series. Badger and his team as all damaged characters, who are still looking for answers two years after their ‘accident’. Kat’s job is to get these men mobile again. When she falls for Badger, she is fighting not only his injuries but his revenge. How Badger and his friends help keep her safe when she is being threatened, makes for a wonderful storyline with action, danger, secrets and romance. I loved this book and am looking forward to the rest of this series.
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Low 3

The epilogue is really ch 1 of the next book. There was plenty of hook without it and a more satisfying closure. Overall there's an arc on the MCs but a lot of plot is contiued to next one. Liked the characters and it was character driven more.
D. Harley Jean
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Badger - Dale Mayer

I kindly received this book as an ARC & am happily posting a review for the same. Ok, wow, this is a first book in a break series from another of Ms. Dales series (if you’ve not read them you may not understand the references to Levi & Ice or Mason & Tesla. I do recommend reading her other series in order. Back to this book. Well from a relationship standpoint it’s believable as Kat (Doc) & Badger have had a professional relationship in that she’s his prosthetist. Backstory i
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found this first book of Dale Mayer’s new series very absorbing. The basic premise is that a unit of eight SEALs hit a landmine. One man dies and the rest are severely injured. In this book, Badger, and a few other men from his team, decides to avenge the death of their teammate. They plan to discover who altered their direction toward the mine.

Unfortunately, this incident hasn’t been that long ago, and Badger is still having problems with his prosthetic leg. He needs more surgical work on hi
Kathie Savage
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SEALs of STEEL is a new series recently begun by Dale Mayer. It differs from the SEALs of HONOR and HEROES FOR HIRE in that each SOS book contains clues and information that will come together in a later book to solve the mystery and identify the villain responsible for the crimes identified in the individual books.
BADGER, Book 1 of SEALs of STEEL
Badger is a member of an eight-man SEALs unit that was decimated when their truck hit a landmine two years ago. One member of the unit, Mouse, was kil
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great new start to a new series by Dale Mayer featuring men of a SEAL team that was betrayed while on active duty. The force of that betrayal left one of them dead and the other 7 badly injured and not just the physical injury but also mentally for some. Badger was the team lead and even after 2 years he wants justice for the man he lost and the only thing holding him back for so long was his leg, which he lost when his team was betrayed. During his physical healing he meets Kat, who happens t ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
BADGER... This new series needs to be read and experienced.

OMGooshness!! WOW!! I don’t think there are going to be enough words to convey how awesome this series is going to be… This series needs to be read and experienced. Right from the start, you will be drawn into the words, the emotions and intrigue that fills Badger’s pages.

It’s filled with compassion and a love that is slow building as both Badger and Kat find their footing, learning to listen, to see beyond the need for justice and lear
Susan Swiderski
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, adventure
An eight-member SEAL team had a bad run-in with an explosion two years ago. One of them was killed, and the other seven lost multiple body parts and have endured numerous operations and grueling rehab ever since, and are now in various stages of recovery.

To make recovery more difficult, they are haunted by lingering questions, and Badger can't rest until he has the answers. Were they merely tragic victims of war, or was their suspicious last-minute change of orders that put them on a collision
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A last minute change of orders forever changed the lives of an eight-man SEAL team. Seven men came home, none of them whole, and Badger is determined to get to the bottom of things. Finding answers and exacting vengeance, that’s what drives him, and he pushes himself too hard. Incomplete healing and the need for more surgery on his amputation keep his prosthetic device from working properly, which means its designer, Kat, has her hands full with Badger. Not only does he frustrate her because he ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first discovered Dale Mayer in a wonderful group of authors telling a connected tale in Sleeper Seals. I loved that book so much I had to go find more by her.

Badger is first in the SEALs of Steel Series, and even though it is kind of connected back to the SEALs of Honor Series, I thought I'd start here and then go back. These are going to come fast and furious over the next few months, so here's my take on Badger.

Kat Greenwald is a prosthetic designer, and she has been working with Badger and
Jo-Ann Fitzgerald
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This is the first book of the series. However, you will understand more if you’ve read two of the other series by the author before you read this one.

If you want to read what the book is about, read above the reviews.

Our hero in this one is a man who was a soldier and is now medically discharged. His whole team of SEALs hit an IED. He lost one teammate and all the others were injured in some way. They’ve lost limbs, internal parts and most important confidence. As the leader, our hero needs to
Nov 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
SEALs of Steel indeed

Dale Mayer does a great job of writing SEALs romance. She captures the Special Ops mentality perfectly. Having married my own Special Ops hero, who was also a patient of mine, I understand that it sometimes seems as though the way they look at the world, is somewhat flawed. Dale gets that but also accurately portrays their sense of honor and duty that is like the air they breathe. And their bodies, well, it takes a lot of strength and muscle to do what they do. In Badger, b
Mandy Parmenter
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Badger Horley was a SEAL and his 8 man unit were hit with an antitank landmine while on a mission leaving one dead (Mouse) and the rest of them with life changing injuries. Badger is going through a long and painful path to full health and can't get revenge out of his mind as he is convinced that their accident was deliberately set up through changed orders that morning. Kat Greenwald has to watch Badger every time she sees him - he pushes himself too hard and won't let his stump heal and so is ...more
Beverly McCall
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Badger is the first in Dale Meyer’s SEALs of Steel series. As the first in a series, Meyer introduces a cast of characters. We are introduced to lead characters—Badger Horley and Kat Greenwald. A chemistry exists between these two. Badger Horley, the leader of an eight-man Seal team, along with other team members, were severely injured when a land mind exploded under their vehicle. Now, stateside, and recuperating Badger is trying to come to terms with what happened during a routine assignment. ...more
Hazel Harkins
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dale Mayer has done a spectacular job of putting this book together with the real feelings of injured Navy Seals that are trying to figure out if their life altering injuries were simply a situation that happens in war or was it a set up which left 7 injured and 1 dead.

Kat Greenwald is a doctor that works with people that need prosthetic limbs. She specilizes in state of the art prosthetics and works closely with a lot of military personnel and since she is an amputee herself she knows a lot of
Rachael Bromley
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in the seals line from Dale Mayer. It as great seeing some of her other characters in this book live Levi, Stone and Tesla. Badger is a retired seal, but as they say once a seal, always a seal. He was wounded with 6 other men 2 years ago but he feels something is off and his gut is telling him there is more to this than what they already know. Losing a limb isn't easy for anyone and it seems badger may have a death wish and won't get his stump seen to.

Kat is a brilliant engin
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With Badger, Dale Mayer starts a brand new series while meeting, and exceeding, her reader’s expectations.
Badger is another book about Navy Seals. However, the story is fresh and original. The book is a tribute to war veterans. Instead of drawing on the traditional stereotype of the wounded and damaged individual, the story presents them as strong, powerful heroes. Men that have found the strength to overcome their severe injuries and go back to being fully active and even better professionals.
Viper Spaulding
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Badger is a recently injured SEAL who is bent on finding justice, and he’s forced to work with Kat, a doctor who specializes in custom-designed and fitted prosthetics. Kat just wants to see Badger get healthy, which he can’t do if his quest for vengeance distracts him from taking the steps necessary to rehab his leg.

While Badger is pursuing even the tiniest scrap of intel related to the attack on his team, he also picks up on an active threat to Kat. He keeps her close so he can sort out who wan
Lisa Gibbs
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well yet another Dale Mayer series to get hooked on!

Badger Horley is one seriously pissed off SEAL and is out for vengeance. Dr. Kat Greenwald is a prothetic designer who has tended to 1/2 of Badger's team as there were 8 in the team that ran over an IED and one didn't survive. Badger lost his leg and has other damage while his friends also lost body parts that Kat is designing prothetics for.

She is an amazing woman who is wicked smart and has a heart the size of Texas. She only wants the best
Loved this book. A step up from the awesome seals series That Dale Mayer writes, and that is saying a lot. This one grabs you from the first paragraph with Kat adjusting a state of the art prosthetic leg. She is adjusting the leg for Badger. Badger whose team was hit with an IED on a last minute route change when overseas. Badger who won't let his leg heal as revenge is his driving force. I love reading about our military men and women, throw in some suspense, some romance and I am happy.
This ex
Niken Widyastuti
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A new series from Dale Mayer. Well, not really new as there were quite lots of references and names from other series. A spin-off might be more suitable. So if you haven’t read her other series, you’d be left wondering why particular names being told familiarly without enough explanation to them. Not enough to deter from the main story though.

Well, as with other books from her, this one was packed with action and enough love drama. Quite a quick-read, not because the length but more due to Ms. M
Linda Carlson
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!

Dale Mayer never disappoints! A whole new series for us to love!

Kat is a brilliant woman with a unique skill. She helps put wounded and disfigured people back together so they can continue to live their lives.

Badger and his military friends are fortunate recipients of her special skill and also her new security detail. This story includes hot sexy guys, a stubborn female, and a hard headed male. There is also murder, mystery and a whole lot of danger. Kat and Badger have this “t
Wendy Hodges
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This new series is also linked slightly to both other series, but its is new characters that sometimes need a little help from the others. Lots of twists and turns as well as suspense and excitement kept me reading, I love that the main subject material will follow through these books, this is about a team of men whos lives were forever changed due to last minute orders, they are trying to find out why. ( *Spoiler* possible alert) Also having problems is Kat, she has been helping some of the guy ...more
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Badger by Dale Mayer
SEALs of Steel Series Book One
Badger Horley had nothing more to live for than finding out what happened to his unit when they were on a simple mission. His drive for vengeance had him ignoring his own body and the healing it needed. He would finish his way or another.

Dr. Kat Greenwald saw many patients and wanted to help all of them to the best of her abilities. But Badger...well, there was something special about him and she just had to find a way to get throug
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Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author best known for her Psychic Visions and Family Blood Ties series. Her contemporary romances are raw and full of passion and emotion (Second Chances, SKIN), her thrillers will keep you guessing (By Death series), and her romantic comedies will keep you giggling (It's a Dog's Life and Charmin Marvin Romantic Comedy series).

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