If the reader enjoys a non-stop action-packed novel, then this one is for you. From the opening to the closing pages Master Chief Gil Shannon, the Navy Seal, is shooting, lobbing grenades and otherwise destroying hundreds of Chechens in his quest to encounter “the Wolf,” Sasha Kovalenko, apparently his equal (or superior) as a sniper, and Dokka Umarov, the so-called emir of the Chechen emirate, bent on destroying a pipeline running south from the Ukraine through Turkey which would imperil Western economies.
At the same time, the novel encompasses a plot by malcontents to seize control of the CIA, which of course leads to activity in Washington, Mexico and Cuba, where the insurgents meet with violence at the hands of another agent named Crosswhite. The story brings together elements of high politics (Shannon actually has lunch with President Putin), diplomacy (State Departments, foreign offices, various ambassadors), military logistics, intelligence and terrorists.
If the reader has the stomach for all the violence and killing, then this novel meets all the necessary qualifications. It is non-stop action and black ops of a high order. While it does give insight into the methods and techniques of Navy Seal snipers, the question is whether the reader can absorb it all. Certainly if it is to one’s taste, this is an excellently portrayed, exciting thriller, and is recommended on that basis....Continua