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By the time anyone realizes what's happening, it is too late. A dark network of hackers has infiltrated the computers of the US military, unleashing chaos across the globe. US missiles strike the wrong targets. Defense systems fail. Power grids shut down. Within hours, America's enemies move in. Russian tanks plow through northern Europe. Iranian troops invade Iraq. North Korea destroys Seoul and fires missiles at Japan.

Phase 1 of ComWar is complete.

Enter Jake Mahegan and his team of highly trained operatives. Their mission is to locate the nerve center of ComWar - a.k.a. Computer Optimized Warfare - and to shut down the operation through any means necessary. Mahegan knows it's a virtual suicide mission. There are three ComWar headquarters, each hidden deep underground in Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Splitting up the team is Mahegan's only chance to prevent the next wave of cyber attacks. But even that won't stop the sleeper cell agents - here in the United States....

When Phase 2 ends, World War III begins.

©2018 Anthony J. Tata (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Jake turns into a marvel comic book

Jake was so much more interesting as a grey listed former Delta. now he is at the Pinnacle of power with Secretary of defense taking orders from him shot stabbed bean bagged yet still able to parachute to find his love Cassie. just a little bit too comic book for me. Even Reacher is more beliveable.

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Well worth reading. Great narration & unique story

Well worth reading. Very good narration and very good story. A bit far fetched on technical but not a great distraction. I read it in one sitting.

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I really hate to do this...

but I have to say that I was very disappointed. I get that action stories suspended reality and defy belief, but this was way too far into left field. I enjoyed the previous books and had hoped for at least the same level of enjoyment from this. Sadly not the case. Rushed, very choppy, and kinda ridiculous. I stopped twice and was going to return it but decided to suck it up and finish it. Probably should have stopped. It was made worse as the narrator THOUGHT HE COULD ADD DRAMATIC EFFECT by yelling or REALLY hyping it up, which failed badly and only gave me a headache. The dialogue was very poor between the one dimensional characters and I’m just left very disappointed. I’m pretty much never very critical about a book, and I feel bad leaving a negative review, but feedback like this will hopefully help the author and narrator, as well as the listeners, to have a better listen next time.

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Author took a nose-dove off the politically correct bandwagon.

The story is like a step-action-drill for all of the reasons why coed fighting units are a classically bad idea.

Main character in a romance with a coworker.

Main character’s boss aware of this fraternization, and says nothing.

Main character routinely and consistently unable to focus on the mission because he is either working alongside or separated from this love-interest.

Main character’s girlfriend lauded for being a woman. Literally no other reason. Then lauded for disregarding her father’s wishes.

Does anyone really think that she’d have been admitted to the ranger course if her father, the chief of staff of the Army, was opposed to the idea?

Hard to get behind this all-too contrived story that puts people in ridiculous situations. I’ll probably not read his next book. Unlike all of those previous, which I couldn’t put down, I found myself listening to podcasts instead.

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A dark look into the future of warfare

from someone who would know...Tata's years of service makes make pray that we are prepared to respond effectively.

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Good, but past installments better

If you like the series, ultimately you will like this book. That said, the author opted for more narrative on his part this time around rather than let the characters carry the story. You have great characters and great material…it would be much better to run with that rather than go on “explaining” things. I liked the book and the end was fun…but we could use a little less author and a lot more character interaction.

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Thriller?

Find a dark room. Shut off all distractions. Concentrate, concentrate, then focus, then concentrate. Why? Because…this a convoluted, detail-specific, agonizingly disjointed work that will demand your full attention to understand the abrupt tangents the storyline takes. Try your best to remember the characters by giving them details the author might have neglected to portray. Even then, you might lose track. The work is too long, more of a showcase of the author’s knowledge of military hardware than development of a flowing story. It is a hard read. The adage “keep it simple stupid” might well apply. Author Tata is not stupid, just thrilled with his own compounding of vicissitudes that might, having been avoided, simplified the overall read. However, if one likes this kind of treatment, say a like a fan of Tom Clancy, then this is right up your alley. As for this reader….. I’ll pass.

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Second book in a decline.

It was just too unbelievable. Previous book had Cuba doing cutting things in technology when they are so awfully backward. I’ve been to Cuba, trust me.

Now this book was just too much tech and too many convenient things falling into my place so that 5 people could save the world. It would have been better to focus on plot and character than Flash Gordon meets Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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Tom Clancy Lite

I did this one on audio. It’s war with detail. Not Team Yankee type detail (or anything Clancy did), but enough, with decent accuracy, that I would read/listen again to a Tata offering. My

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Exciting and complex

Jake saves the day but the characters are dilabolitical and dangerous. Does cassie deserve his love and how about those fight scenes.

great character development, exciting scenes and great plot.