• Eyes of the Hammer

  • By: Bob Mayer
  • Narrated by: Steven Cooper
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (283 ratings)

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Eyes of the Hammer

By: Bob Mayer
Narrated by: Steven Cooper
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Publisher's summary

From NY Times Best-selling author Bob Mayer:

A US Army Special Forces team carrying sterilized weapons and unmarked uniforms is on its way to Colombia. The mission: conduct covert, unilateral raids to destroy cocaine processing laboratories.

Of course nothing is as it seems especially once the CIA gets involved. Throw in an Israeli mercenary, betrayal and double-dealing in Washington and the team soon finds itself wondering what the real mission is.

©2011 Bob Mayer (P)2012 Bob Mayer

Critic reviews

"A thriller that delivers in all areas-plot, suspense, authenticity and pace. A masterpiece of technology and suspense. The climax will have the reader yearning for more nails to bite. Not to be missed by fans of the genre." ( Library Journal)
"Sizzling, first-rate, war fiction." (Macon Beacon)
"This one will leave you spell-bound." ( Books News)

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Bob Mayer's first novel!

West Point graduate and US Army Green Beret has written (or coauthored in a few cases over 70 books, 55 of which are available at Audible. Eye of the Hammer, released in 1991, was his first novel. It is the first novel in 6 novel The Green Berets/Dave Riley series. This series has elements of both military thrillers and espionage thrillers. This entire series in in my Audible library; the quality is somewhat variable, but this one is outstanding. Steven Cooper narrates very well indeed.

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Very military tech filled story

This was a fair story, if you like military jargon and tactical language this would be a good story for you. Very masculine in the execution of the story, which is fine as the genre is one I like but I know it is not for everyone. There are villains and they are well developed and the good guys are cut from the right fabric and are a very wholesome type of heroic man. The politics are well presented and roll within the fabric of the story without much friction. The story has some ability to build tension and has some surprises but in the end things work out like you expect, not that that is a disappointment, the ending is fine and produced with some excitement and leaves you feeling good about the world. If you like military styled masculine action stories then this would be a good pic. Recommended for that audience.

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Military fiction fans will love it

Well written - well read - an enjoyable story set in the modern day with modern troops. Detailed enough to make one feel like you are there, but not bogged down. Strong characters, compelling story - an excellent read.

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Good Story but Tire of the Big Bad Evil System

What did you like best about Eyes of the Hammer? What did you like least?

The lead character is nicely developed and the story itself is good.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes, it was a good plot and story line.

What aspect of Steven Cooper’s performance would you have changed?

He needs to do a little more research on pronunciation of military terminology.

Could you see Eyes of the Hammer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Sure, Hollywood would love this anti-military and anti-CIA plot line. Maybe even Woody Harrelson or Sean Penn. You could even have Rachel Maddow play the seasoned Green Beret Warrant Officer.

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Call me a fan!

Eyes of the Hammer was read out of order, or actually it was read to me via the Whispersync application with my Kindle Keyboard. I do enjoy the Audible offerings, listening when in the car, and reading when in private, but this one was enjoyed totally in audiobook format. I have been obtaining these books out of sequence, but each stands alone, and when I read one that should have been read before, it still makes sense and enhances my understanding of those read previously. The author has created strong story lines that are believable, strong character development, and lots of action with some mysteries thrown in. What more can one ask for?

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Very realistic SFOD novel

This one was very realistic going thru the chain of command and procedures on how SF personal interact, prepare and execute missions. The ending was a little disappointing, not sure an SFOD man would behave the way the main character did to the civilian in the end, not important to the overall though, the very end could have been omitted anyway more of an epitaph, also he mixed up high schools, Dewitt Clinton is on Mosholu Parkway not Evander Childs HS.

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A green beret writing about green berets feels right

I enjoyed the green beret series a few years back and am glad I'm listening to it again. Mayer's writing has evolved immensely from this book, and while it is not his best installment it is a military thriller that surpasses many others in competition.

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Buy it if it's on sale.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The story was actually quite boring and the ending was as very disappointing.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

You could sleep through it and not miss much.

Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Cooper’s performances?

Probably not: especially if he uses the same narrator.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No

Any additional comments?

The narration sounded so mechanical compared to others. Also, the corny accents were comical. This one's a $5 book at best. Sorry.

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Well-read and exciting

Would you listen to Eyes of the Hammer again? Why?

Yes. It's a fast-paced, exciting book.

Have you listened to any of Steven Cooper’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've also listened to the Jefferson Allegiance. All of his performances have been very impressive.

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Green Berets VS Columbian Drug Lords

Steven Cooper did a fantastic job narrating this action-filled story about Green Beret special forces teams, competing drug Lords and their Sicarios in Columbia and the CIA. David Riley is the perfect hero. He's skilled, a master planner, learns from his mistakes, listens to his gut and has true integrity! His CIA partner Kate is a great match, not over talking, willing to learn, but no slouch with martial arts or guns. Hopefully General Mike Pike will continue to be a main character in the series, because I'm definitely going to read/listen to more. The build up is a bit slow, but it's worth it when everything takes off, because it all makes sense. I think I just found a new favorite author.

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