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A Grand-Slam From the First Word Forward
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on October 11, 2021
FULL DISCLOSURE STATEMENT:
I am a huge fan of Craig Martelle’s ability to tell a story and hold one’s interest. BUT…
I despise (loathe might be more accurate) the military opera genre. I have never found it to be interesting. When I want to read about the military I prefer to read non-fiction material.
So, that being said, I probably would not have picked this book up had I not been following Craig on FB. One unkind comment prompted me to pick it up and take a look. I should have known better because I was hooked almost instantaneously.
We don’t really come to “love” these characters, even though we get to know a lot about each of them, rather I would say we come to love this TEAM, instead. As an aggregate whole they most definitely surpass the sum of the individual parts. Although I, myself, have never served, this seems particularly appropriate for a story focused on the military.
If, you’re a long-time Craig Martelle fan, you’re in for a real treat. It may only be my opinion, but it has seemed to me that the first one or two books in any of the series he has written are a bit of “choppy water,” until he gets his sea-legs for that particular storyline. This put me off reading his work for quite a while. Not so, this story!
Again, bearing in mind how I feel about the military fiction genre, imagine my shock at being grabbed and pulled into this story within 5-10 paragraphs. The LEAST he could have done was provide a warning to keep our hands in the car at all times and remain seated until it comes to a full-stop, cause this book is a rollercoaster ride.
Finally, returning to my baseball analogy, I’ll admit I wasn’t enthralled with a 9th Inning Substitution, but I’ll withhold judgment until we see if this player can catch the ball. Time will tell.
Regardless, pick this book up, take a seat, hold on (remember, he omitted the public safety warnings), and ENJOY!