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New York, NY : William Morrow, [2018]
356 pages ; 24 cm
"The first in a new military thriller series from the NYT bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon." -- Provided by publisher
9780062668783 (hardcover)
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Parnell brings his combat experience as a U.S. Army infantry officer in Afghanistan to his impressive first novel and series launch (after memoir Outlaw Platoon). Special Forces operative Eric Steele, who's as tough as his name, serves in a secret unit known as the Program that answers only to the president of the United States. Steele has succeeded in saving America on a number of occasions, but now he's facing a deadly adversary: Nathaniel West, his one-time mentor who has now gone rogue and stolen a suitcase nuke to exact revenge on the United States. The cast includes a traitor in the highest levels of the American government, a president dying of cancer, and a beautiful CIA agent, Meg Harden, to supply the sex and romance that Steele needs in his rare down time. The authenticity and intensity of the battles scenes more than compensate for the familiar plot and sometimes jingoistic prose. Thriller fans will be eager to see more of Steele. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Novels written by former military personnel are quite common these days; some are better than others, but Parnell's first dive into creating characters and story is a definite winner. Eric Steele works as a clandestine operative for the Program, an outfit so secret even the CIA doesn't know it exists. A mission to stop a terrorist from unleashing a nuclear weapon is nothing new for Steele, but the man responsible for this threat is another matter. Nathaniel West used to work for the Program and was assumed killed along with his family in a horrible raid. He was Steele's friend and mentor, and Steele has never recovered from his death. Now Steele learns that not only is West alive, he appears to be the man who must be eliminated if the world is to be saved. In developing his plot and main character, Parnell writes like a veteran; he is less sure-handed, however, when it comes to creating female characters. Still, the main story line here, involving friends turned mortal enemies, is a grabber and will certainly please fans of Brad Thor, Brad Taylor, and Vince Flynn.--Jeff Ayers Copyright 2018 Booklist
<p>"Fast, hard, and effortlessly authentic--both lead character Eric Steele and author Sean Parnell are the real deal."--Lee Child</p> <p>"An exciting, action-packed debut! Bristling with intrigue, deceit, power, and treason--once you pick this book up, you will NOT be able to put it down. Sean Parnell has knocked it out of the park!"--Brad Thor</p> <p>The New York Times bestselling author of Outlaw Platoon makes his fiction debut with this electrifying military thriller--a gripping tale of action, suspense, and international intrigue that introduces a compelling new hero, Eric Steele.</p> <p>Eric Steele is the best of the best--an Alpha--an elite clandestine operative assigned to a US intelligence unit known simply as the "Program." A superbly trained Special Forces soldier who served several tours fighting radical Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Steele now operates under the radar, using a deadly combination of espionage and brute strength to root out his enemies and neutralize them.</p> <p>But when a man from Steele's past attacks a military convoy and steals a nuclear weapon, Steele and his superiors at the White House are blindsided. Moving from Washington, DC, to the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, Steele must use his considerable skills to hunt this rogue agent, a former brother-in-arms who might have been a friend, and find the WMD before it can reach the United States--and the world is forever changed.</p>
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