Every once in a while a book passes through my hands that falls into the category of “this is one of the best books I have read in this genre.” “Deadly Savage” by Dave Edlund is one of these books. I was gripped by the story, by the plot, by the telling, and by Edlund’s skill in painting an authentic backdrop.
My personal experience gives me the credentials to verify the authenticity of Edlund’s special ops warriors. These guys come alive in “Deadly Savage” with convincing realism. My experience also gives me the chops to verify Edlund’s portrayal of the inner workings of the highest levels of government. He got it absolutely right!
Edlund did his homework regarding America’s airborne weapons and their associated tactics, in the tradition of Tom Clancy. Ditto for the weapons used by his spec ops guys and those of the other side. You won’t find any technical faux pas here. He may have missed some of the more colorful language that I know these warriors use under fire, but such language probably would have turned off some of his readers – no harm, no foul.
Edlund took the time to develop the personalities of his main characters so that the reader really gets to know them. This is difficult to do in the midst of relating a firefight, but he pulls it off. He even gives the reader some insight into some of the lesser characters. Thank you for that.
Edlund ends his story with a bang that he doesn’t forecast. Don’t skim the last few pages or you will miss it. Finally, he finishes with a note to his readers. I strongly recommend that you DO NOT read this note until after you have finished the book. But DO read it!