Thursday, September 1, 2016

Tier One by Brian Andrews & Jeffrey Wilson [4 stars]

From the Description
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?

Publication Date: September 1, 2016

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Length: 440 pages
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

I don't review a lot of military fiction here unless it has a supernatural component. I am, after all, the Horror Maiden, so the focus is usually horror. But since I love this type of book/movie/TV show so I decided to accept the review request. I'm not sorry I did! Tier One is an action packed thriller that grabs you from the start and doesn't let go until the exciting finale. Unfortunately much of the action is all too realistic in today's world of terrorism and political turmoil, thankfully the people fighting it are too. John Dempsey is an interesting and believable character to follow as he learns and adapts to his new life as a member of the elite and secret Task Force Ember. I also loved Elizabeth Grimes, and Shane Smith. This story is filled with tension, excitement, sorrow and sometimes humor as the team races to find and stop the bad guys. A fast paced and gripping 4 star read.

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About the Authors
Brian Andrews

Midwest born and raised, Brian is a US Navy Veteran who served as an officer aboard a 688 class fast attack nuclear submarine in the Pacific. He graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology. He is a Park Leadership Fellow and holds a Masters degree from the Johnson School at Cornell University. Brian lives in Tornado Alley with his wife and three daughters.
Jeffrey Wilson
Jeffrey Wilson has at one time worked as an actor, a firefighter, a paramedic, a jet pilot, a diving instructor, a Naval Officer, and a Vascular and Trauma Surgeon. He also served two tours in Iraq as a combat surgeon with both the Marines and with a Joint Special Operations Task Force.

Jeff and his wife, Wendy, are Virginia natives who, with children Emma, Jack, and Connor, call Tampa, Florida home. When not working as a Vascular Surgeon or chasing his four kids, Jeff is hard at work on his next novel.

Andrews and Wilson are also the coauthors of the Nick Foley Thriller series. You can find them at their website, Andrews & Wilson, and on Facebook or Twitter

Praise for Tier One
"Page turner! Adrenaline rush! In Tier One, Andrews and Wilson have captured exactly what life in the SEAL Teams and on the front lines in the War on Terror is like. So vivid, I could smell the gunpowder. If you want to know what the world of the SEAL Teams is like, all you have to do is read this book. Bravo Zulu, Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews." —Commander M. M., USN, former SEAL operator

"In Tier One, authors and Navy veterans Jeffrey Wilson and Brian Andrews achieve the impossible goal of showing what it is really like in the dark world of covert operations. The characters are so real that I thought I might even know a few of them. The story is an amazing and exciting plot of terrorism and false flag international politics that is right from today’s headlines. If you want to know what it is like to be down range on a covert operation, read this book. This is the best military thriller ever." —SEAL Master Chief J. S., former Tier One operator

"Tier One is one of those rare thrillers that combine blood-curdling action sequences with the steep emotional price paid by modern-day warriors behind all the gunfire. Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson have pulled from their own special operations experiences in crafting a terrific tale that’s as riveting as it is wrenching, and, in John Dempsey, have created a lasting hero reminiscent of Mitch Rapp, Pike Logan, and Scott Harvath. Like the best from Flynn, Taylor, and Thor, Tier One serves up a relentless ride across uneven ground laden with pitfalls both mental and physical. The launch of the next major military-themed franchise." —Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author