David Rivers is an Army Ranger—a combat veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has almost completed his final year at West Point when his world is turned upside down by a sudden discharge from militar...more
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With no military career ahead and an obsession with suicide, he is recruited and joins an elite, illegal, merciless group of assassins.
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The main character, David Rivers, is a former U.S. Ranger. A veteran of the Afghan and Iraqi Wars turned thriller seeker and mercenary. Between scenes of brutal violence and military action, much of the story is introspective addressing the mental state of vete ...more
Conclusion of this story leaves the reader hanging for the next. Not something I appreciate in an author's work. I may or may not bother with the next one.
Some interesting stuff about the psyche of a suicidal man, but most of the rest is shallow, with no verisimilitude. Nothing seems real, and there's no rhyme or reason to much of anything.
A good first try, but needs some polish and maybe some writer's workshops.
Dark, and obsessed with death, a roller coaster of violence and enigmatic characters. It could have ended up as yet another formulaic thriller, but it does it well enough to escape that fate for me. Some of the descents into the main characters damaged psyche could have been a tad less self indulgent but they are certainly part of the story. I want more detail so that I can enter live the life of an antihero more fully, Walter Mitty that I am. I think that the deta ...more
The whole suicide theme is ridiculous and immature. Impossible to suspend your disbelief. Author is scuba diving in the baby pool. I forced myself to finish the book which paralleled the supposed pain of the main character. Fortunately, I survived and will live to read another day (and different author).
David Rivers is adrift in life and suffering from PTSD from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq as an Army Ranger. Since his release from the military, he has become an alcoholic with suicidal tendencies and is in desperate need of an intervention. He gets one of sorts, just not in the form he truly needs. ...more
David Rivers pretty much lives in his own world, and he’s not used to relying o ...more
I’ve been commenting lately on the number of protagonists found in action and adventure novels who have demons to overcome as they fight bad guys. Jason Kasper, in his first book, “Jais,” has stepped it up a notch by having his hero on a suicide trip, always sticking a gun in his mouth and threatening to do himself in.
The author, in my opinion, should find a kinder way to endear his hero, David Rivers, to readers. It’s obvious this is the start of a series and I, for one, have already grown tire ...more
I had never heard of this author but picked up the novel because it sounded interesting. This debut novel is simply fantastic and rivals established authors. It is written by someone who has lived the special forces life.. not only that, the author has brought that life to the written page in startling detail. I felt like I was a fly on the wall throughout..
The characters all came to life - no matter how minor their part. Realistic is an understatement.
Let's start with my pet peeve, first person stories. Now admittedly first person perspective does work for some things - Far North comes to mind as it was written in first person but was supposed to be the journal of the main character. But one genre that this couldn't possibly work for is an action thriller. How are you going to write exciting descr ...more
If your into lots of hair raising action, this should be your roller coaster ride of choice! The main character is as flawed as they come, yet there is something about him that keeps you intrigued to the point of thinking about him long after you put the book down!
This story is gutsy and full of action and violence...yet the story line is a mystery. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a complex flawed character and a lot of action!
After reading the description of the story, I decided to take a chance! I was very pleasantly surprised! The detail and accuracy of subject matter was impressive. The story line would make for a great movie. I am looking forward to the next book and David's plan to eliminate the mastermind responsible for the destruction of his entire team. Great story, well developed characters! On par with the top writers in the genre!
This book is common ground for Vets. Some explications of terms were tedious, but that for the Civies who don’t understand.
It’s easy to identify the author as a Vet, his verbiage and thought pattern hit the mark although, there was some added drama that could of been left out, but again it’s for the Civies. The mental direst is real after combat. Some deal with it better and some worst, but there’s always scares.
I love books written by fellow vets, it helps put into words the things that I never knew how to verbalize, without adding too many details of the true life that we already see at night. Thank you so much for putting into words the thoughts that other vets fear we are alone with. Reading of David’s struggles reminds me that, although I’m in a better place, not all of our brothers are, and it’s up to those like me to help get them away from their own .454. Thank you, Si ...more
The story is from his point of view. That point of view is very clouded by personal misery. He never questions the morality of his actions because he is already most of the way to being dead.
In all, a very realistic protagonist in a non-stop action world.
I enjoyed reading this story about a former soldier who lives on the ragged edge. He becomes a member of a group of contract killers. But he has an issue with constantly wanting to commit suicide. I struggled to track the story a couple of times. But I would read another story but the author.
This is a very good novel, well written, with deep insights into this mind of a veteran and subsequent killer, with suicidal tendencies. There was more killing than I was comfortable with, but overall the book was good. I will get the next one but I will wait a bit to allow my mind to mellow.
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