I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Dalton Fury's Delta Force/Kolt Raynor series is part combat and part espionage. Black Site is Book 1 of the series. Like author Brad Taylor this author. Dalton Fury, has the experience as a special forces commander to write credibly about such matters and he is a great story teller. The Black Site is a site in Afghanistan used by the US to question high value terrorist suspects. It is overrun by terrorists with Americans captured and taken to the badlands of westernn Pakistan. Raynor's job is to rescue the Americans and return them.
Black SIte is a well written and suspenseful novel. I have previously written reviews of Books 3 and 4 in the series. Ari Fiakos narrates all of the series and he does a great job.
I went into this book with low expectations, I like the material but most books in this genre are all jargon and equipment spec and little on plot and thick on hokey action. This book is actually well written, has a great plot, and contains really well written action, oh, and the equipment specs are perfect. I cannot tell you how happy I was with this book, it unfolded well, had great character development, a great cast and was written from an inside perspective with talent that brought the story to the lay audience in an interesting and heartfelt fashion. I really liked this book. If you do not care for military stories, this may be the one exception to make, it is a good story. If you like military themed stories you are going to love this book, it is written from someone who knows the material from a life spent living it and then brings it to the page in good style, better than what you are used to getting by far. I was surprised by the talent this author has and happy I listened to this story.
Well recommended for anyone that likes a great action / suspense story.
What a disappointment! I really thought that maybe this author who is supposedly a previous special ops participant would be better and more realistic. NOPE!! I realize a Tom Clancy only comes around once in a generation, but you should really be able to do better than this.
The protagonist would never have been tolerated in the well trained, disciplined special ops community. He's a cowboy with a death wish, but worse yet gets everyone around him killed instead.
Really no redeeming aspects to this one.
Black Site is definitely one of the most exciting and action packed books I've listened to in ages. The story is very well thought out and moves forward relentlessly.
I can't really say without spoiling anything, but let's just say that a few sentries had a very bad day.
When Racer is infiltrating a Taliban compound when he first get's back in to Pakistan was very, very memorable. That's all I can really say.
There were plenty of moments that shocked me, made me a bit queasy or nervous, and a number of great fist-pumping "Heck yea!" moments. There isn't a whole lot of emotional depth in the book, but what is there is actually extremely well done. His description of a rather hellish moment of PTSD hit me extremely hard and make me empathize heavily with the main character.
I was very worried that this book would have many, many moments of jingoism and support for some of the horrible things we've done in the "War On Terror", but I was wrong. When there was a hint of anything political I think it was dealt with tact and from the perspective of a man with his boots firmly on the ground. The do mention torture, and there is a scene that contains some in the background, but it is dealt with enough disgust that I didn't hate it. I highly recommend this book to anyone with a love of military action thrillers.
List of favorite books: Woodcutter - Reginald Hill, Consent to Kill, First Deadly Sin - Lawrence Sanders, Sniper Elite - Scott McEwen
It was pretty darn good. The Narration was great. The story was mostly plausible. To tell you the truth - I was really, really liking three quarters of the book. I was feeling it emotionally and intrigued. The ending didn't (kill) it overall for me. It wasn't bad - It just didn't rock me. I had a better time getting to know Colt in the beginning and listening to the transformation - Then I did listening to the end. High marks for Dalton Fury's 1st fiction Novel. The character and series have promise.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Dalton Fury is a powerfully entertaining author of the counter-espionage novel. He stands unique because he is an actual veteran who has experienced the men and action be portrays fictionally in his novels. I enjoy his details about strategy, tactics, weapons, and politics involved in fighting covert objectives in our modern world. I was never bored. He fills his plot with non-stop action. I thoroughly enjoyed his first book also: "Kill Bin Laden". I look forward to his next book. He is a fantastic new addition to this genre. If you like The books of Vince Flynn, you will love Dalton Fury.
Great story mired by a sub par narration. At times the presenter lacked the critical inflection and emotion that passages needed. I felt as though I was listening to a sixth grader read the tax code in some instances.
The characters are well developed and believable. A listener can tell that the writer has a first hand knowledge of the nuances and particulars of the Tier 1 community. His experience shows and it lends very well to his storytelling.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
The fast shorthand jargon! E.G.: zero gain
Note: I did use the new 1.25x speed to match the author's intent
yes, as the pace is so fast you envision yourself on the back of the motor scooter with bullets flying!
Hero, Kolt and "friends":
"What dumb ass sneaks into the Alamo before the Mexicans attack?"
This is my 1st listen to Ari, and he is very talented. You believe you are in the midst of the teams and have a drone's eye view of terror and stealth as it occurs. He keeps you in the action the whole story through.
thank you Audible for the 1st in series sale. I got to try this new author and reader, wow!
Looking forward to book 2
I thought some of the things in the book were a bit silly... can't explain without spoiling. But overall I liked it. Decent characters, great action. Pretty dang good for a fiction first timer (wasn’t this his first?).
I'm not even finished this book and already I'm looking forward to books 2 and 3. It is so rare to find a book where the dialogue is realistic and the writing flows. The narrator does a brilliant job - never stilted or disruptive. As good as or perhaps better than Lee Child and Vince Flynn (sadly no longer with us). I am hard to please but this book is excellent.