The global fight against terrorism has a new name: Reaper Two-Six. This techno-thriller propels two rogue pilots headlong into a suspense-filled cliffhanger. Beginning at the controversial Area 51 base with the theft of the Aurora, a top-secret hypersonic stealth aircraft, the tension accelerates when RAFCO, a radical terrorist group headquartered in the vast wilderness of the Colombian jungle, manages to gain control of the Aurora. With this aircraft able to surpass every known weapon and detection system known to man, the President enlists the help of Reaper Two-Six; an elite multinational covert squadron that monitors, infiltrates, and eliminates terrorist activities around the world. In the wrong hands, the Aurora poses not only a threat to humanity but to the very fabric of today's modern society. With our civilization on the brink of collapse, two Reapers plunge deep undercover to save the world from a global cataclysm.
The Reaper Two-Six trilogy novels incorporate fresh, plausible story lines that reflect the world of today, engaging characters, and state-of-the-art technology, allowing you to experience the intensity, dedication, and skill required to keep our world a peaceful place to live.
©2012 Robert A. Grand (P)2013 Robert A. Grand
Personally, the integration of popular science and the emerging tech of today was a big seller for me. The use of Google Glass as integrated into their stealth suits, and other tidbits I found to be particularly exciting.
Robert does a great job of weaving cutting edge technology into the story, without making it seem forced or implausible. Having only a "movie" understanding of military grade aircraft I felt like the technical information was delivered on a level that I could follow without being dumbed down to the point of being generic and uninteresting.
There were perhaps a couple of scenes that could have been left out altogether without detracting from the story, which would serve to get the reader back into the action, but they were not poorly written or totally irrelevant either.
The story also does a great job of getting into the minds of the characters, and conveys how uncomfortable their situation is. You see these types of situations in movies and the strain just can't be conveyed this well. (The specific situation is not being detailed on purpose.)
The only serious criticism I do have is the use of the word 'Clip' when referring to the device by which ammunition is transferred to a weapon. This seems small, but for whatever reason it sticks out to me in books, movies, games, and television and detracts from the story.
From Wikipedia "The defining difference between clips and magazines is the presence of a feed mechanism in a magazine, typically a spring-loaded follower, which a clip lacks."
Professor is likely my favorite, he seems to be more willing to take risks, even sacrificial risks to achieve his goals. That's the kind of guy you want in this situation for sure!
Perhaps, though likely not a military thriller. His narration is very clean and crisp, but just a tad more emotion would really broaden the experience his narration provides. A very great job, just might not be best suited for military thrillers.
There were just a couple of parts that were slow to the point that my mind started to wander, but the momentum always built quickly and the action and suspense were back in full swing.
I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more from this writer, and more in this series of stories.
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