Audible. Available to borrow via Kindle Unlimited with audio included. If you don’t have KU, this is one of those audios that’s less expensive to buy the ebook & add audio. Less than $3 for both at the time of this review.
In a world violated by terror, the old lines have blurred. Meet the next generation of covert ops.
John Dempsey’s life—as an elite Tier One Navy SEAL named Jack Kemper—is over. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice.
But how does a man torn between duty and revenge walk the line and preserve his soul?
As Dempsey struggles with the games of spies, the case propels him across the globe in a desperate effort to prevent a new, horrifying attack on American soil.
Once, John Dempsey followed orders blindly. Now he sees behind the curtain, and the security of the civilized world rests on one question: Can a Tier One Navy SEAL adapt and become the world’s most lethal spy?
I’m a big fan of military/spec ops books and this didn’t disappoint. This first book in the Tier One trilogy is reminiscent of the complexities in The Bourne Identity ~ the world-building was thorough without being tedious, the characters were relatable (even if hated), and the plot-twists create the perfect suspense while still believable. I will say that this novel doesn’t belabor long explanations (sometimes no definitions are provided) for military acronyms, ranks, spec ops directives, etc. I’ve read a considerable amount of military books, both fiction & non, so this wasn’t an issue for me. I don’t think it would detract ~ but a newbie to this genre might be overwhelmed, or at least need Google nearby to help translate.
Ray Porter’s narration was impeccable. Each character had a clearly defined “voice” and was expertly portrayed even with numerous accents, genders, & personalities. I’ve listened to all 5 books (as of this review) in the series and Porter’s continuity is spectacular.
My Favorite Quotes
The best lie is one so exquisite and so tempting that both the deceiver and the listener yearn for it to be true. – Tier One by Brian Andrews @LexicalForge & @JWilsonWarTorn @bAndrewsJWilson #Audiobook narrated by @Ray__Porter #MilitaryTweet
You’re a one-man, ass-kicking retribution machine. – Tier One by Brian Andrews @LexicalForge & @JWilsonWarTorn @BAndrewsJWilson #Audiobook narrated by @Ray__Porter #MilitaryTweet