Tier One Wild: A Delta Force Novel, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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New York Times best-selling author and former Delta Force commander Dalton Fury (Black Site and Kill Bin Laden) is back with an explosive new thriller.
Former disgraced Delta Force commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor has earned his way back into The Unit after redeeming himself during an explosive operation at a black site in Pakistan. But he is about to face his deadliest challenge yet. The most wanted man in the world, American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki, and his handpicked team of terrorist operatives, have acquired stores of Russian-built, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM's) from ex-Libyan spies in Cairo. Their mission: infiltrate the United States and take down American aircraft. The country's best are tasked with stopping them. But when a SEAL Team Six mission to take down al Amriki goes wrong, Major Raynor and his Delta Force team find themselves front and center as Amriki and his terrorists work their way closer to America. And time is running out.
Dramatic and revealing, Tier One Wild takes listeners on an international thrill ride from the black ops nerve center of JSOC to the bloody streets of Cairo in a story only a former Delta Force commander could tell.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 52 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 16, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #6,646 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#78 in Military Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#133 in War & Military Fiction
#223 in Terrorism Thrillers (Books)
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The book picks up after "Black Site," with Racer reinstated into the army, and into Delta Force. "Tier One Wild" refers to his way of operating, of being on the wild side and skirting the rules. A theme throughout the book is Racer's attempts at personal growth and development. It opens as such books tend to, with a high risk mission that ends in success, but not without cost. In describing the action, Dalton does a great job of explaining a high risk direct action mission to the reader, without revealing anything that may be classified. This issue has been in the news much lately, and he skirts it well in writing fiction. The book builds a rapid pace from there, and talks us through how the "Delta Alert" squadron works. But this is also where the writer gets ahead of himself. In the last book, Racer talks about how he used to be a Troop Commander, and almost never interacted with the Delta Commanding Officer, Colonel Webber. Now he gets paged by him on an almost daily basis, and is in phone/radio contact with him continuously. There's discussion of how officers in Delta are not always welcome in various activities, but no mention of what else Racer has done in his time, nor how he becomes as proficient as he does if he is not training with his men. The other side of the same coin are the interactions with his team-members and others in the national-security hierarchy, where Dalton brings his personal experience to bear to make the interactions real in the way troops and officers work together.
The rivalry between Seal Team 6 and Delta Force is well on display in this book, not only in the tone, but in the way the other unit is used. Furthermore, since Racer is an officer that makes it difficult to use the commissioned ranks as the bad guys holding up operations and stymying progress, so the CIA and "political pressures" take their place. These are issues that are left unexplored and unexplained. In the last book, conducting direct action missions in Pakistan was a big deal, and there was continuous discussion about operating in a non-permissive foreign environment. Here, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and Mexico all become shooting galleries without much second thought.
It is clear that Dalton takes the craft of writing serious, and that he is working to improve at it. This is appreciated from somebody who has read all his books so far, and wants him to suceed in the crowded "techno-military" market. However, he clearly has not yet found his own voice. The description of Hawk, a female operative, is woefully stereotypical. She's the girl in the jeans, t-shirt, and ball cap, who is dating a loser, and could outshoot her brothers growing up. Have you met her in a book before? Maybe it would be easier to name the books she does not appear in. In this realm of writing, they do not exist. Racer was probably intentionally made single by Dalton, so he avoids discussing the impact the Unit has on families, other then mentioning a twice divorced operator. However, it was very clear in the last book that Racer was an alcoholic. Now he drinks beer with a friend before hitting the range for training with his soldiers. I believe this is editorial laziness on the part of Dalton and his staff, and hope it does not reflect practice in the Unit. Alcoholism can be a serious plot device, but should not be discarded when it no longer fits the continuity. It breaks up the flow of the story.
Overall, this is a solid second effort. The book delievers on plot, action, and characters. You feel dragged along in the maelstrom of a rapidly devolving situation, and can see how the threat of lose weapons posses a great danger to our nation and the west in general. Unlike the last book, it does not end on a cliff-hanger, but you do walk away hoping there's more in his box of tales to tell.
Along the way, Murphy's law applies to both Delta and AQ, so the outcome seems to be uncertain right to the end. Amazon has a 4 star review as the most positive, despite numerous 5 star reviews. If you want an action page turner, ripped from the headlines, this book is for the reader of the fictional "Rogue Warrior" series. A strong hero needs strong villains. This book has both.
Top reviews from other countries
Fury had the knowledge and obviously guidance to create a credible and tight knit story. Great if you fancy a book to read quickly as the tension builds and remains.
Allerdings ist jedes Buch dem anderen ähnlich, auch wenn die Gegend und die Gegner wechseln. Das Handlungsschema bleibt zusehr das gleiche. Obschon also gut geschrieben, hat man beim zweiten, besonders beim dritten Buch dann öfters den Eindruck eines "déjà vu" !
Aber ansonsten bleibt das Ganze schon unterhaltsam, da die Themen aus den Medien schon in grossen Zügen bekannt sind Also Zeitvertreib aber keine Lösung der Weltprobleme !!