It is a principle of human nature to hate those whom you have injured. – Tacitus
It begins with a bomb. With a roar and devastation the U.S. Embassy building in Rabat, Morocco explodes in a blast of heat and light and death. An explosion brought about by hate and envy, pride and religion and everything else that is wrong with the world. All die. The good and the evil, the foolhardy and the wise. Dead is dead, and nothing shall ever be the same again.
And so begins an adventure covering much of the world, from the slopes of K2 to France as Seal Team Six, lead by Chief Warrant Officer Tom Crocker, the assault leader of the infamous “Blue Team” of the U.S. Navy SEALs, involve themselves in a massive manhunt across countries, and through the mountains.
Waylaid by the CIA, Crocker and his team are taken off their training mission to climb K2 and sent after Abu Rasul Zaman, third in the power structure of al-Qaeda. As the hunt for Zaman is to begin, however, they are given yet another mission – assist the King of Norway in finding a young girl, Malie, who has been taken by white-slave traders.
As the story becomes more and more exciting Crocker and his team being to connect the dots – dots which show connections between Zaman, a known associate of Zaman’s named Rafiq who has been providing bomb making materials to Zaman and his co-conspirators and the white slave trade. When Crocker and Akil (Akil Okasha El-Daly, aka Akil Daly) one of his team members are captured, tensions ratchet higher and higher, leading to an explosive story of crime, punishment and layers upon layers of conflict – just as expected from a novel set in such a volatile part of the world.
The author, Don Mann, is a Navy SEALs veteran with seventeen years of service, and his eight years served as a member of SEAL Team Six, later known as DEVGRU, significantly defines the plot and the characters. Mann has a grip on character development, especially in how I would expect a Navy SEAL to react to the conditions and happenings of the story line. Overall, this is an excellent story for lovers of action, adventure, suspense and military intrigue. The first of a series, I will be reading the others as well.I received this book from the publisher in return for a realistic review.li