This is a fun book to read and exhibits all the superhero attributes of the best of the classic graphic novels. Black Eagle Force is the absolute best-of-the-best para-military organization in America under the direct supervision of the Commander-In-Chief. They are all "ex-somethings" of the highest moral and physical character and there is not a single dumb one among the lot. They are dedicated, honorable and committed to keeping America free. There are pilots, soldiers, medics, logistics experts etc. You name it, BEF has them and they are better than anything else in any other country's military.
The equipment is on the technical leading edge and is the best in the world. Lightweight attack aircraft, monochromatic skin suits the render them almost invisible and magnetic coil rifles capable of knocking out a T-90 tanks are just a few of the advantages the BEF possesses. I'm not a scientist but the principles that these weapons are based on seem to be theoretically sound though not yet fully applied on the modern battlefield. Kudos to the authors for the realism in their research.
By virtue of having the best men and women warriors in the country and the most leading edge equipment, BEF is given the most secret and impossible missions. Of course, they also face the most evil villains looking to conquer the world.
Think James Bond vs. SPECTRE only 007 is replaced by a reinforced company of fighters and support staff ready to go "wheels up" on a moment's notice to vanquish America's enemies. All good stuff. All that's missing is the marshal music in the background!
On the flip side, there are so many characters it's difficult to relate to most of them on a personal level. Character development gives way to action and adventure a bit too much. There are plenty of tired, old military clichés spouted by numerous characters throughout the book. These get tiresome.
But the most annoying flaws were the edit errors. There were just a few for the first three quarters of the book...no problem... but the last quarter had a exorbitant rash of them. It was here they became annoying and distracting! It was as if the authors were in such a hurry to finish, they let quality go to the wind.
I know it's an inexpensive book but come on. Wouldn't pride of authorship and ownership demand a quality product from these authors? Don't readers deserve to see an error-free product for their money? It's an e-Book...it's not that hard to fix!
Of course, I'll be reading the other books in the series and I am anticipating more of the same swashbuckling adventure as in this book. I'll also be looking for the errors :-)
John E. Nevola - Author of The Last Jump - A Novel of World War II