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.
A shocking attack in Ankara leaves the US Ambassador to Turkey dead and his chief of staff, Amanda Allen, in the hands of brutal terrorists. But Allen is no ordinary diplomat. She’s undercover CIA. The DNI and the President turn to Ember, America’s premier black-ops task force, and its deadliest weapon, former Tier One Navy SEAL John Dempsey, for help. To find Allen, Ember gets embedded in the most dangerous battlefield on Earth: Syria. But when all communications are disabled by an attack in Turkey, Dempsey finds himself with no backup—a lone shadow warrior racing against time to rescue Allen from her captors before she reaches her breaking point.
What Dempsey doesn’t realize is that Allen is just a pawn in a much larger game. A new player has already been unleashed: a legendary mercenary who matches the American Operator in skill, tactical prowess, and a killer instinct for survival. Now there is far more at stake than a kidnapped CIA agent. Dempsey and his team better get this one right, because the balance of power for the entire Middle East rests on their shoulders. And the new threat is far more dangerous than any Dempsey has encountered in his decades waging war against terrorism. Game on.
This opens about a year after the end of Crusader One. It’s possible to listen to this all on its own as we’re beginning a new phase of Ember and many of characters have shifted into new positions. (I can’t recommend the first 3 strong enough though.). An undercover CIA agent has been taken hostage and Jack Dempsey, along with the rest of Ember, are working to rescue her.
I love that we’re getting to know secondary characters better, especially Grimes. As with the other books, we’re treated to several action packed sequences, military OPs, and political posturing. I’m so impressed that Andrews & Wilson give us even more female characters that are strong, intelligent, and vital members of their respective agencies/teams. No TSTL characters here.
I’ve already downloaded Red Specter and can’t wait to continue the series.
Ray Porter is phenomenal as a narrator ~ seamlessly switches between accents, personalized voices, genders, etc. With a cast of characters as large as this ~ it’s quite the achievement. He also maintains the same voice for each character across all the books, you can listen to them back to back and it’s like he recorded them in a continuous stream.
My Favorite Quotes
He was a terrorist hunter, a clandestine warrior, a shadow soldier. – Crusader One @LexicalForge @JWilsonWarTorn @bAndrewsJWilson #Audiobook narrated by @Ray_Porter #TierOne #MilitaryTweet