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Telegraphed Plot Takes Away Some Of The Thrill
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2016
I was given the opportunity to read Tier One via NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer. This is my honest opinion of the book.
John Dempsey, once known as Jack Kemper, was an elite Tier One Navy SEAL with covert missions in counterterrorism. After a particularly devastating mission in which Dempsey is injured, he is forced to parlay his experience into a new career as a spy.
Tier One is all action, whether it be military maneuvers or chasing terrorists, and there is very little by way of character development. The use of acronyms is excessive, but actually added a realistic flair to the dialogue. My suggestion to the authors would be to move the glossary of terms to the beginning of the book, so that readers will know that it is there for reference if needed. Tier One read like a summer blockbuster movie, which is not a bad thing for a military thriller. Parts of the plot were telegraphed early on, but not to the point where it ruined the flow of the novel. Readers who enjoy military thrillers, especially those who are familiar with the lingo, will appreciate the realistic nature of this book. I am a big fan of spy thrillers and this one does miss the mark regarding the surprise factor and the character development. That being said, Tier One was a good read and one I would recommend to readers who enjoy this particular type of thriller.