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Dark Operator (Galaxy's Edge: Dark Operator) Audio CD – Unabridged, September 1, 2020
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About the Author
Jason Anspach is a best selling author living in Puyallup, Washington with his wife and their own legionnaire squad of seven (not a typo) children. In addition to science fiction, Jason is the author of the hit comedy-paranormal-historical-detective series, `til Death.
Nick Cole is a working actor living in Southern California. When he is not auditioning for commercials, going out for sitcoms or being shot, kicked, stabbed or beaten by the students of various film schools for their projects, he can often be found writing books.
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (September 1, 2020)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1713556294
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713556299
- Item Weight : 2.82 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,041,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I do not usually review books I enjoy, and I think I will start doing that as I often thoroughly enjoy a good book and do not give the author a good review.
I will start with the good reviews tomorrow. I just did not enjoy this book. The main character is sooooooo boring. He has zero flaws, and everyone loves him. The enemy/antagonist is who? Never figured it out. The book is about a Dark Ops solo mission to galaxy's edge planet to stop terrorism. The vast majority if this book is the main protagonist going around and watching the local authorities do their job/train and him consulting them on better methods. Yep. Consulting. Small amounts of action and legionaire flashbacks are not quite enough to get past the sluggish pace of a zero-flaw, boring, super vanilla D.O. agent consulting local authorities to train and apprehend nameless terrorists. I couldn't finish this book. I read 80% according to my kindle. I just could not finish it. The pace was just to painful. 80% in and he is still consulting local authorities about their improper prisoner treatment. Important stuff, but so is accounting. Both boring to the reader. Thank u for a wonderful series though. I will continue to buy your Galaxy’s Edge books.
This book gives us an inside glimpse at someone who is a step beyond the (freaking awesome) galactic honey badgers who are bringing the KTF to every karking kelhorn that threatens the Republic. Instead of a one-dimensional 100% jocked up killer (which still would have been awesome) we are introduced to someone who is humble, wise, thoughtful, and dedicated on top of being 100% ready to KTF.
There are easily a dozen or more sections worth highlighting in this novel that are not only character-defining for Kel, but also applicable concepts that you can take away for your own life story. If you're into Galaxy's Edge at all you definitely won't want to miss out. Besides, it was awesome, and I was highly entertained.
Tolkien and Lewis drew from their experiences in both World Wars, Haldeman served in Vietnam, and Carr spent an entire career in the GWOT.
Military SciFi is not about accurate and plausible small unit tactics, technical gear descriptions, or assaults out of starships, just like fantasy isn’t really about swords, magic, and dragons. Somehow they are both at their core about the heart of man and the state of humanity.
This book specifically is about the heart of a warrior, a heart that remains steadfast regardless of service, country... and galaxy.
Check it out and get hooked. Circle back around to the original series when you get the chance too and you won’t be disappointed!
Doc Spears has a remarkable biography. Green Beret. Osteopath. And now writer. Special Forces or surgeon would constitute a complete career for most people, so doing both stands out in my view. That background also gives this book a remarkable depth, it is packed full of the distilled experience of a man who has been there and done that.
As the title and the cover might suggest, you will get operators doing operator things: killing people and breaking stuff in spectacular fashion. However, you also get something that is far more interesting in my opinion: the hard work and preparation that makes for true excellence.
In the main Galaxy’s Edge series, we get to see kill teams in action, but it is here that we see some of the process of recruiting, training, and team building that makes the kill teams what they are. And once the protagonist, Kel Turner, gets selected for a solo mission, then we get to see that being in Special Forces means much more than being a crack shot. Kel spends most of his time in the book observing, advising, and training others. As talented as he is, his true value is in his knowledge and experience being shared with those who need it.
While I do not know first hand the ways elite operators, I do know the thrill of being on a small team of highly experienced professionals with a high degree of autonomy and trust. You can get some remarkable things done that way in many avenues of life, and I feel that the dynamics of such a team are captured well in Dark Operator.
That solo mission is to the world of Meridian, a planet settled by Greeks that maintained their ancestral language and traditions partly by long isolation from the rest of the galaxy. Kel’s mission is to advise and assist the rulers of the planet with political unrest that is threatening to spiral out of control. The government of Meridian is undemocratic and repressive, but useful to the powerful, so the regime is secretly propped up by the quietly competent servants of empire, men like Kel. The setup mirrors the political situation of Greece in the 1970s, when it was ruled by a junta, but also a key Cold War ally of the United States and part of NATO.
Kel’s experiences on Meridian are so well portrayed that I would have found it plausible that this book is a thinly fictionalized memoir of Spears’ time there when he was a Green Beret, except that the dates don’t match up, not to mention that would have been the wrong part of the world for the units he served in. It just seemed real, which is a testament to the skill of the authors.
Another element that adds to my impression of realism is Kel’s uneasy relationship with his erstwhile allies in Republic intelligence. Soldiers are often straightforward and unsubtle men, motivated by duty, while spies have a tendency toward moral flexibility and find duplicity as natural as breathing. While on Meridian, Kel stumbles upon the kind of shady cover operation that the United States intelligence agencies were notorious for running during the Cold War. Compartmentalization and operational security work just as well at shielding you from the attention of your own government as your opponent.
Kel’s intense discomfort with the moral ambiguity of his mission and his own role in bringing about the political machinations that occur on Meridian war with his pride for a job well done and his sense of duty. There is at least a hint that perhaps Kel’s work on Meridian served the greater good, but in his world as in ours, the rain falls on the just and the unjust alike, and only at the end of days shall accounts truly be settled.
I very much enjoyed this book, and I look forward to seeing what other trouble Kel Turner finds himself in.
I purchased Dark Operator myself, no review copy was provided by the authors.