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Black Site by Dalton Fury
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"Black Site" is an action-packed debut novel from former Delta Force Commander, Dalton Fury. Fury introduces the character of Kolt Raynor (whom he has stated for the record is not based on himself), a former Delta Force team member who has fallen from grace, and is brought back into the fold when new intel discovers information on a situation very close to him. This is a very entertaining book from cover to cover that feels genuine and clearly based on Fury's experience, if not himself, directly.

Raynor, as a character, is very quickly established as a likeable protagonist through his personal struggles. The book opens up with a tremendous crisis and Raynor is put to the test early. It gives the reader a chance to see him for his faults, but also for his merits, which are more instinctual than even he realizes. From there, once his backstory is revealed, he becomes even more of sympathetic figure to the reader. It's a great introduction that cements just who this man is and what his limits are, ahead of his next mission.

Raynor's mission is torrid and full of apparent danger, essentially facing off against Al-Qaeda operatives abroad. The manner in which Fury sets up the briefing and mission goals is terrific, and some of the personality conflicts between officers keeps things feeling realistic. Another nice touch is the lightness of politics in this book; the goal is to complete the mission, not become embroiled in foreign policy. Even though the title reveals what it is Raynor discovers is going on, the focus is squarely on the objective.

Elements of this book reminded me of Brad Thor's "The Apostle", which is only meant as complimentary. Fury clearly knows what his strengths are in writing his first military thriller and sticks to them. At no point does the dialogue in this book feel theatric or unnecessary, nor does Raynor become "Rambo" or a comic book superhero. As such, this is a very good debut from Fury, and I look forward to the next book in the series, "Tier One Wild".
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July 31, 2015 – Started Reading
July 31, 2015 – Shelved
August 6, 2015 – Finished Reading

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