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American Operator: A Tier One Story (Tier One Thrillers Book 4) Kindle Edition
An explosive, high-stakes thriller of espionage and counterterrorism by the Wall Street Journal bestselling authors of Tier One.
A shocking attack in Ankara leaves the US Ambassador to Turkey dead and his chief of staff, Amanda Allen, in the hands of brutal terrorists. But Allen is no ordinary diplomat. She’s undercover CIA. The DNI and the President turn to Ember, America’s premier black-ops task force, and its deadliest weapon, former Tier One Navy SEAL John Dempsey, for help. To find Allen, Ember gets embedded in the most dangerous battlefield on Earth: Syria. But when all communications are disabled by an attack in Turkey, Dempsey finds himself with no backup—a lone shadow warrior racing against time to rescue Allen from her captors before she reaches her breaking point.
What Dempsey doesn’t realize is that Allen is just a pawn in a much larger game. A new player has already been unleashed: a legendary mercenary who matches the American Operator in skill, tactical prowess, and a killer instinct for survival. Now there is far more at stake than a kidnapped CIA agent. Dempsey and his team better get this one right, because the balance of power for the entire Middle East rests on their shoulders. And the new threat is far more dangerous than any Dempsey has encountered in his decades waging war against terrorism. Game on.
"Best Military Thriller series on the market,"-Simon Gervais, best-selling author of Hunt Them Down
"As a veteran, thriller-writer, and fan of the genre, the Tier One series is as good as it gets. If you liked Tom Clancy's John Clark, and if you like Brad Thor's Scot Harvath, you'll devour the Tier One series." -Best-selling author of the War Planners, Navy veteran Andrew Watts
"Andrews & Wilson are masters of crafting tightly plotted, authentic action thrillers. The Tier One series packs a punch like few other thriller series can."-Best-selling author of the David Rivers series, Army veteran Jason Kasper
"If you look up the word thriller in the dictionary, you will find this series used as an example."-N.Gargano Amazon Vine Voice
"Powerful, compelling, raw gut-wrenching...One of the best espionage series I have ever read."-Frank Allen
"Wow! I can't put these books down! This series is some of the best story telling I've read in awhile. In this genre this ranks right up there with Vince Flynn, Brad Thor and Ben Coes with me!" -Steven Phillips
"A great book full of non stop action and one of the the most exciting books of the year." -Marie A.
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Thank you for following John Dempsey's journey as he evolves from a "door kicking" SEAL into America's most lethal protector.
In the first trilogy, we explored the Iranian threat as VEVAK spymaster Amir Modiri targeted America's elite Tier One unit, the office of the DNI, and risked World War III by attacking Israel.
With American Operator (Book 4) we kick off the second Tier One trilogy which focuses on the Russian threat to NATO, Eastern Europe, and the Baltics. In the Russian Trilogy, Dempsey faces his toughest adversary to date and must learn to adapt from a lifetime of Middle Eastern counter-terrorism operations to taking on an enemy fashioned in his own image.
- ASIN : B079L69CJ4
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (November 6, 2018)
- Publication date : November 6, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4127 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 428 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1503904423
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,150 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2018
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The U.S. Ambassador to Turkey is killed by Kurdish Terrorists and his assistant, Amanda Allen, is kidnapped. Do they know who they have? She must be rescued ASAP. John Dempsey and his covert task force known as Ember are on a mission in the Adriatic Sea. There's Grimes, Munns, Latif, and Martin, all skilled warriors. They will be sent to find and rescue Amanda after their mission. As this is Book 4, there is a large backstory on Dempsey and team Ember, so you may want to read this series in order, although the authors try hard to present some background to the reader.
This story line provides lots of opportunity for discourse about "Fake News", and relationships among Turkey, Syria, Russia, and the United States. Very interesting and up-to-date. There is a glossary of acronyms used in the book at the end of story. This is a well-written, wild, action-filled, and thoroughly entertaining read!
I am expecting to see some of the new characters again, looking forward to it, even some of the not so nice ones. Also I appreciate the authors adding a glossary of terms, it really helped.
Looking forward to many more books from these two authors.
I didn’t review the first three books, but in a nutshell: The main character, John Dempsey (formerly known as Jack Kemper), is an ex-SEAL who lost his entire team in an attack while deployed in the sandbox. In order to go after the people responsible for the attack, Kemper ‘dies’ and changes his identity to Dempsey, and becomes forever lost to his wife, his son, and all of the operators he has ever worked with. He becomes the founding member of an ultra secret, very small cell of highly skilled people who are known only to the president and one or two others. The group is called Ember and they are assigned missions against terrorists that cannot be performed by any other group. They operate autonomously, choosing targets whom they declare to be the greatest threats to America.
Throughout the first three books the team recruits members, loses members, and completes a variety of dangerous missions that are beyond the capabilities of other special forces groups. We watch as interpersonal relationships form, and we watch as various members mature and become even more skilled at their various callings. The growth of the team, both as individuals and as a cohesive, interdependent fighting unit, mirrors how such a group may evolve in real life, and it is gratifying to watch as the team expands and grows in capability.
Interestingly, the authors’ writing abilities seemed to grow along with the fictional team members. When starting the first book, I got the impression that it was written by amateurs. The writing was shaky and unsure at times, the actions of the characters seemed overwrought and unnatural, and it seemed as if the authors weren’t quite on the same page. (And if they had used the term “tier one” very many more times, I would have deleted the thing from my Kindle!) But by the end of the first book (called “Tier One”, naturally) they had their act together and the book turned out to be pretty good – enough to make me want to get the next one. Books two and three each improved on their predecessors, and by the end of book three I was disappointed when it looked as if there were to be no more books by these guys.
And then book four, “American Operator”, came along. This book is probably the best written of the batch so far. It doesn’t exactly pick up where the last book left off, because that story seemed finished. But it does continue with the same characters doing the same dangerous stuff. This book opens with the Ember team conducting a strike against a terrorist group. The bad guys are killed, the good guys are rescued, and all is well. During the mission, however, a person named Malik is revealed; this guy (or the idea of this guy…) is woven into the fabric of the rest of the story, and likely into book five.
Briefly: a young CIA agent is captured during a terrorist attack in Turkey. She is taken away, and Ember is tasked to find her. Dempsey is separated from his team as a result of a seemingly unrelated attack in the same country, and much of the book focuses on his efforts to rescue her. As the book progresses, the captured agent is confronted by Malik, and it is revealed that Malik is part of a plan that goes far, far beyond a simple kidnapping. By the end of the book, the agent is rescued, Dempsey confronts Malik, the president and associates get attacked, and the larger plan is revealed (to a degree). Ember gets new personnel, some soul searching is accomplished, somebody has an epiphany, and all is right again.
Except it isn’t. Unlike the first three books, each of which seemed to have a solid conclusion, this book is open ended. While the good guys make it back home, the events in which they participated are far from over. The ‘big plan’, perpetrated by the Russians, is still in play. The fallout from the attack on the president and its implications for Turkey and the United States are not discussed, leaving the door open for a follow-up. And a traitor is still undiscovered. All of these factors create great anticipation for the next book, which unfortunately is not due for a whole year (November 2019).
Naturally I have some rants, but they are few. While most of the book is written at a perfect pace that prevents boredom yet leaves room for character development and background information, the ending is a little bit “television”. The showdown between Dempsey and “Malik” lasts forever. Their battle goes way beyond what normal humans are capable of (think Jason Bourne on amphetamines) and their continued escapes wear a little on the otherwise credible action. And the “love-in” at the end is a little much. However, this is a good book, the best so far. I recommend you read them all, and most certainly read them in order. And maybe don’t start them until just before book five comes out so you don’t suffer any withdrawal symptoms.
This is number four in a series, and it seems that the authors did not intend to write more than three. It's good that they decided to keep going. The plot fits their series well, and their writing quality is just as good as always.
My only nitpick is that there were a couple of spots where the dialogue, including some internal dialogue, was cheesy. This isn't a big deal, though, as even Brad Thor has cheese in his books.
Now that I mention Brad Thor, these two authors deserve the same respect as Brad. After Thor's recent two books, they probably deserve MORE respect. This series, including this book, are offered at a budget price. However, if Thor & Zombie Flynn can command $14/e-book, these guys deserve the same.
Just... Please.... Don't start charging $14 for a few billion, non-transferable, specifically-arranged electrons. Just 'cause you can, doesn't mean you should. It's like my granddaddy always said....
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June Finnigan - Writer
The reader cannot help but feel empathy with the characters and try and understand what they do all the time to to make sure that the innocent people in the world can sleep safely in their beds at night knowing that they are out there somewhere keeping watch over the baddies and dealing with them as and when required.
Can get a bit obvious at times, but that's an underlying issues with this type of book, certain things just aren't going to happen and certain things always will.
Characters are gettingore defined as the series progresses and the relationships between them more complex, relatively speaking. We aren't talking Tolstoy :).