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Danger Close

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  172 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews

Barely into his twenties and already a highly decorated military hero, Army Special Forces veteran Blake Kershaw is now going to college, studying while recuperating from wounds received in Afghanistan, and planning to re-enter the Army as an officer after graduation. But life tosses Blake a curve when his country approaches him about using his special skills to avert a te

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Published July 1st 2010 by B&H Publishing Group (first published 2010)
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This author was new to me. He is excellent, I'm hoping to find more books by him on audio to enjoy. The ending was quite nice. The narrator was exemplary.
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
William G. Boykin is a retired army Lt. General, was an original member of Delta Force and eventually commanded Delta Force. He has now written a pretty good anti terrorist war story. As you might expect, his protagonist here is a Special Forces veteran recovering from wounds. Blake Kershaw has entered a college in search of a degree when he is approached by the CIA to train as an undercover agent for placement in a terrorist training base in Afghanistan preparing for a nuclear attack on the Uni ...more
Jul 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast-paced spy/military adventure, delving deep into Taliban networks. Even as the author provides glimpses of the underpinnings of political and covert actions, the main character trusts in God as his true ally. Would make an exciting movie!
Margaret Chind
Feb 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Julie Gwinn
This review is from reading an Advanced Reader Copy/Unedited Proof. A couple days ago I finished reading a thriller/action-adventure/suspense novel in the latest Time Scene Investigators series, The Influenza Bomb: A Novel from Paul McCusker and Walt Larimore MD and I was immediately in the mood for more. Thus I looked through my shelves to find similar authors and found two books that I read last year about the same genre one was Gold of Kings: A Novel from Davis Bunn and the other Pirate Hunte ...more
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. Well written, suspenseful, hard to put down. Frightening to think the enemy can get so close to the US
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These types of books are a double edged sword with me. On the one hand, I really enjoy the action and suspense. On the other hand...let's just say I usually end up more paranoid about how deceitful our government is. This is a great story and because of the author's past I am assuming there is a lot of truth woven into the fiction. Boykin shows us what "could" happen when a man goes undercover, not just the undercover part but also the whole preparation thing. That was very interesting. This boo ...more
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was a strong plot which pulled me through the novel and (after the first chapter) I found it a compelling and quick read. It humanizes war and espionage, while being clean and family-approbirate. Christian themes of asking God for help throughout. Doesn’t sugar coat Islam.

It is definitely a military book. Good men die but courage and integrity are abundant. Family values and christian values are reinforced.

The military jargon made the entry into the story a bit rough, but that cleared afte
Diane  Holm
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action filled from page one….

Addicting writing and hard to put down, Boykin and Morrisey bring the realities of war to your imagination. The characters are more than just people on a page; they take on a life of their own full of emotions and struggles that will touch the closed places of your heart.

War is a terrible thing. When you face it head on the choices you make in the service of your country and the “better good” are often split second decisions. Faith in God is sometimes the only thing
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book asks, "Can honorable men do dishonorable things in the interests of national security and still maintain their honor?" The author uses his own experience as the Former U.S. Army Special Forces and Founding Member of Delta Force. As a wounded Special Forces veteran, "Blake's country asks him to change his identity to help avert a terrorist plot involving a nuclear attack on U.S. soil." I rated this a five-star book because it is a political thriller with no bad language. Amazing.

Jeff Carpenter
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I could be described as a casual fan of General Boykin. He is a founder and past commander of Delta Force, but I never knew he was an author. I am familiar with his co-author Morrisey, he has written some excellent adventure/action stories in the Christian fiction field. So when I ran across this novel written by these two men I could'nt pass it up. Glad I didn't, it was a great story. Not too give too much away but this one ended in a way that could easily turn into a series. That's pre ...more
Roger Scherping
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good story. You had to suspend your disbelief somewhat, like how could Blake, a strong and fit Marine, look physically like the loser Grant, and how easily Grant escaped from his captors at the ocean side house. But the prose is clear and well written, and the story moves along nicely. It also does a great job of putting you in the desert training camp. The story would have benefited from a few twists and turns because once it got going nothing too unexpected happened.
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Katy by: Greg Platt
Very good read. Kept me interested the whole time. Sometimes it was a little difficult to understand the military lingo, but it did not severely hinder my understanding of the storyline. There were a few minor editorial errors and one major one (the names of Raheesh and Saif were switched at the end).
Harris Butler
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic
Boykin knows the military, and he walks the fine line between writing a book with Christian values and not being preachy. The Christian themes in parts of the book may make non-Christian readers uncomfortable, but to stop reading because of that would be a shame. Boykin (with the help of Morrisey) gives us a thrilling story that is hard to put down once you start reading it.
Jan Giezentanner
Super story! Nothing so far out as to be unbelievable. Exciting and hard to put down.

Exciting "spook" story. not like your normal spy story. Believable characters and plot. Plus a surprise twist at the end.
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Christian undercover agent who actually prays and looks to God for help in times of need. He must also reconcile "evil" acts that he must participate in to remain undercover with his service to God. I liked the book and will encourage my kids to read it.
Francis T. Villante
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the book was excellent. it was hard to put, down. it wasn't far fetched terrorism. it was as close to the real thing as it gets. I recommend it to anyone who likes fast paced action with a story that could happen or might have already!

Terry Moffitt
Aug 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book written by one of the original members of Delta. Though a novel it lays things out the way they are and the way they actually happen. I highly recommond it.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book, would read more by this author
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thought provoking exploration of the "grater good" in the world of terrorism and espionage. A little far fetched with the use of plastic surgery "face off" premise but a good read.
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had its moments, but it wasn't anything special; merely mediocre fare, at best.
Daniel York
Good work of fiction by retired LTG Boykin.
Elizabeth Maddrey
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
I really enjoyed this and will be looking for more (seems like it could be the start of a series.) It had great action and was well paced with rounded out characters.
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! Excellent story ...
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LTG (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin spent thirty-six years in the United
States Army, many of them as an original member of Delta Force, the world’s
premier Special Operations unit. His life reads like an action-adventure film;
Boykin helped capture Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, hunted
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