Other Sellers on Amazon
Follow the Authors
Shadow War: 1 Paperback – 25 March 2021
Enhance your purchase
Tom Locke is an elite warrior working for Apollo Outcomes, one of the world’s most successful private contracting firms. Pulled out of a mission in Libya, he is tapped for an unusual and risky assignment: a top secret black op in Ukraine.
Given one week to rescue an oligarch’s family and pull off a spectacular assault, he soon realises his mission has repercussions for this imperiled Eastern European nation and the world.
What Locke doesn’t know is that the operation comes with a dangerous complication: his enigmatic and ambitious boss, Brad Winters. One misstep could cost Locke – and the region – everything.
Written by an army veteran with deep military expertise, Shadow War is an explosive and unputdownable thriller.Praise for Shadow War
‘I was blown away’ Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author
‘Ex-mercenary Sean McFate has produced a first novel that's assured, authentic, timely, gritty, and most of all real’ C.J. Box, New York Times Best-selling Author of Badlands and Off the Grid
‘Shadow War has pace like a catapult, sudden and fierce, and it will hit readers straight between the eyes’ Ted Bell, author of Patriot
About the Author
Dr. Sean McFate is an expert on national security, foreign policy and terrorism, and is a novelist. He is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, a think tank, and a professor of strategy at the National Defense University and Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Bret Witter is a professional co-author, primarily of nonfiction books. He has written seven New York Times bestsellers since becoming a full-time writer in 2007 (plus one uncredited in 2003). His books have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and spent almost two years on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in Decatur, Georgia.
- Publisher : Canelo Action; Digital original edition (25 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1800322577
- ISBN-13 : 978-1800322578
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Customer Reviews:
About the authors
Review this product
Top reviews from Australia
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The book is relatively free of typos and I assume that the weapons are accurately described but there are a number of technical errors for example pipelines carrying liquefied gas (no, it is not liquefied).
When I say I was not disappointed, I must emphasize that this is very definitely a book of its genre, that is, the high-octane spy thriller. There's not a lot of deep introspection or elegant, polished prose: instead what we get are in-depth descriptions of clothes, cars, and weapons. Lots and lots of weapons. If you know what a SAW is (I admit my knowledge is pretty sketchy, but I don't think you use it for cutting wood) or have deep feelings about Berettas, then you'll probably get lots out of this book, maybe more than I did, since the differences between SA-80s, AKs, and M-4s are meaningless to me.
That being said, I trust the author's knowledge on that particular topic, since he was, after all, a mercenary himself, a title the main character has the decency to own up to, at least inside his own head, since he can't really go around admitting to everyone what it is he does. There's a fair amount about the lonely nobility of the mercenary profession, which works really as a trope in fiction and actually makes for quite a compelling read. I myself am rather less sanguine about the potential of mercenaries to do good in the world than the characters are, but I'm perfectly happy to read about them and the action is cleverly developed, with lots of cutting back and forth between different and competing points of view. Furthermore, while there are plenty of cliches here, I have to give the authors props for including an unusually interesting and well-rounded female lead, who manages to get off some of the best zingers in the book, such as when she looks at the bookshelf of a young CIA operative and notes that he has the typical reading collection of his type, which includes absolutely zero books by women, unless that woman is Margaret Thatcher. That kind of cutting insight is part of what makes this particular book worth reading, out of all the spy thrillers there are out there to choose from.
The book is set during the current conflict in Ukraine, which makes it highly topical. The Russians are unabashedly evil and the enemy to be defeated as part of the modern Great Game, something the author, once again, at least has the decency to admit to straight out, while the anti-Russian Ukrainians are the good guys, and with nary a swastika or wolfsangel in sight. The ending is sufficiently explosive, and sets up the possibility for a fun series.
I was reading this book at the same time as I was reading some more American "literary" fiction, also about war, and simultaneously reading some Russian war prose, which allowed me to contemplate some interesting comparisons. Why are these kinds of genre fiction novels so compelling? I, presumably, am one of the more sophisticated readers out there, what with my PhD in literature and all, and I roll my eyes when I read stuff like this, but I...can't...stop...reading...it. It's great! It sucks you in! You really care about the characters! While a lot of the current American "literary" fiction leaves a lot of readers (like me) cold. The Russian stuff is of course excellent, and far superior (not that I'm biased or anything). Why is that? Because, I've decided, genre writers (and Russian authors) aren't afraid to deploy things like archetypes and heroic, mythological story cycles, and that's what our subconscious is looking for. The consciously composed literary fiction that deliberately eschews all that is never going to be as compelling as something like Twilight--or this--that just jumps straight in and starts dealing out archetypes right and left.
So, to sum up, if you're looking for a highly topical, high-action thriller written by someone who's actually experienced at least some of the things he's writing about, this book will probably do right by you. You may need to detox from the testosterone and American jingoism afterwards, but that's just a risk you take when you plunge into the genre.