When shadow warrior and former Tier One Navy SEAL John Dempsey goes undercover to meet with a Vory arms dealer, he thinks he’s laying the groundwork to penetrate the Russian criminal underground. Instead, he walks into a trap orchestrated by Zeta, the secret Russian task force behind a recent assassination attempt on the US President. For Dempsey and his team, the only way out is to lay waste to the Russians, putting a target on Ember’s back.
With Ember pitted against Zeta, a dangerous game of strike and counterstrike ensues—sanctioned in the halls of the Kremlin and the White House but disavowed to the world. As the line between espionage, counterterrorism, and spec ops blurs, Ember is ordered to eliminate their ultimate adversary, which means taking the fight against Zeta to Russian soil. But like a phoenix risen from the Cold War embers, Zeta is more capable than anyone imagines, and the Russians retaliate with an operation that will find Dempsey and task force Ember battling for survival.
I cannot believe it – but this was even better than the four previous installations, which were all fantastic. Each book can technically be read/listened to on its own, but there’s definitely a larger story arc over books 1-3. Then a new one starting with book 4, continuing through this one, and presumably being wrapped up during book 6. But this absolutely does not suffer from being the central book in a trilogy in terms of action, suspense, or characters. Ember is facing it’s Russian equivalent in the group Zeta and Dempsey specifically battles with his doppelganger, Zeta Prime (“not-Malik” from American Operator.)
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The attack on Ember from Shane Smith’s POV was incredibly emotional and heart wrenching.
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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 I have!) and it’s like he recorded them in a continuous stream. (I realize this is the same thing I said for the last book. But what more can I say? HE ROCKS THIS.)
About the authors:
Brian Andrews is a US Navy veteran, Park Leadership Fellow, and former submarine officer with a psychology degree from Vanderbilt and a masters in business from Cornell University. He is the author of three critically acclaimed high-tech thrillers: Reset, The Infiltration Game, and The Calypso Directive.
Jeffrey Wilson has worked as an actor, firefighter, paramedic, jet pilot, and diving instructor, as well as a vascular and trauma surgeon. He served in the US Navy for fourteen years and made multiple deployments as a combat surgeon with an East Coast–based SEAL Team. The author of three award-winning supernatural thrillers, The Traiteur’s Ring, The Donors, and Fade to Black, and the acclaimed faith-based thriller War Torn. He and his wife, Wendy, live in Southwest Florida with their four children.
You can connect with Andrews & Wilson here:
My Favorite Quotes
This was just another day at the office catfishing the most dangerous, sadistic, and vile players in the world’s criminal and terrorist underground. – Red Specter @LexicalForge @JWilsonWarTorn @bAndrewsJWilson #Audiobook narrated by @Ray_Porter #TierOne #MilitaryTweet
When in doubt, go left. – Red Specter @LexicalForge @JWilsonWarTorn @bAndrewsJWilson #Audiobook narrated by @Ray_Porter #TierOne #MilitaryTweet
I’m a door kicker, Dan. I go where they tell me, shoot who they tell me, and report back the details. – Red Specter @LexicalForge @JWilsonWarTorn @bAndrewsJWilson #Audiobook narrated by @Ray_Porter #TierOne #MilitaryTweet