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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of Outlaw Platoon makes his fiction debut with this electrifying military thriller - a gripping tale of action, suspense, and international intrigue that introduces a compelling new hero, Eric Steele.

Eric Steele is the best of the best - an Alpha - an elite clandestine operative assigned to a US intelligence unit known simply as the "Program". A superbly trained Special Forces soldier who served several tours fighting radical Islamic militants in Afghanistan, Steele now operates under the radar, using a deadly combination of espionage and brute strength to root out his enemies and neutralize them.

But when a man from Steele’s past attacks a military convoy and steals a nuclear weapon, Steele and his superiors at the White House are blindsided. Moving from Washington, DC, to the Middle East, Europe, and Africa, Steele must use his considerable skills to hunt this rogue agent, a former brother-in-arms who might have been a friend, and find the WMD before it can reach the US - and the world is forever changed.

©2018 Sean Parnell (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Fast, hard, and effortlessly authentic - both lead character Eric Steele and author Sean Parnell are the real deal." (Lee Child)

"An exciting, action-packed debut! Bristling with intrigue, deceit, power, and treason - once you pick this book up, you will NOT be able to put it down. Sean Parnell has knocked it out of the park!" (Brad Thor)

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Action packed!

Sean Parnell and RC Bray....great combination!! I listen to a LOT of action and thriller books. Outlaw Platoon remains one of my favorite nonfiction books ever. Man of War and Eric Steele may now be my favorite fiction! Non stop action! Can't wait for the next book!

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Great Fiction Debut

This is Sean Parnell’s first fiction book. I am impressed with his authentic action story. The book is well written and the characters are realistic. Our protagonist, Eric Steele, is a member of a small elite top-secret unit. The story is filled with non-stop action. The action is a combination of military, espionage and political. The story moves around from the USA, Middle East, Northern Africa to Europe. The author provides some good descriptions of the various areas of action. The suspense builds throughout the story. This is definitely a cannot-put-this-down type of story.

The book is nine hours and nineteen minutes. R. C. Bray does an excellent job narrating the book. Bray is a well-known narrator. He has won many Earphone Awards as well as the Audie Award. He also has won the Voice Arts Award. He is an actor, voice artist and audiobook narrator.

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Very impressive for first thriller novel

What a great "debut" novel! This was Sean Parnell's first fiction novel, and he slammed through the thriller door. Coming off of the New York Times bestseller Outlaw Platoon, which was an absolutely riveting non-fiction book, this thriller was reminiscent of Jack Carr's relatively recent debut thriller The Terminal List. If you liked it, you'll enjoy this novel. I know it gets said too often, but like Jack Carr, this has a Vince Flynn/Brad Thor feel to it.

The action is non-stop, and this novel twists and turns all of the way until the last chapter. One thing that I thoroughly enjoyed were Parnell's similes that he used. They were funny, timely, and extremely accurate. For example, one of my favorites, "Meg's senses came to slowly, like a computer after a hard-reset." This just shows you how good of a writer Sean Parnell is.

I thought this book was gripping, and I thought narrator R.C. Bray did a fantastic job. His low, gravelly voice was perfect, and I hope to hear more books narrated by him throughout the thriller genre.

I highly recommend this thriller. It was a great listen, and I enjoyed it so much, I finished it in one day. Don't hesitate! Also, if you haven't checked out Parnell's non-fiction Outlaw Platoon, do yourself a favor and give that a listen too.

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Action packed

The story starts slow, but it has to so that the all the characters and the story line gels. Although this is not the type of story I normally read it is so well paced and written that it carries you along.

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great book

heard about this book on sofrep, decided to give it a shot and I'm not disappointed. amazing job guys

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WOW - Sure hope there are more books in the future

It took me a bit to get into the story but by about 1/3 of the way in I loved it. The characters are likable and well developed. The story interesting although it does get a bit much in the final battle. The narration is well done. Looking forward to the next book in the series - hope I don't have to wait too long.

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The new mitch Rapp.

This was an awesome story that made me miss Vince Flynn. R c Bray should narrate everything.

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Outstanding!!!

Truly a good story, well writen. Enjoyed it thoroughly. R. C. Bray did another outstanding job delivering the story.

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The story was predictable. The characters seemed to be cut out of a mold. The performance by Bray, however was pretty good. #cliche #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • MK
  • 10-08-18

Only Positive is RC Bray

This book was like one of this teenie pop songs that gets played ad nauseam by the radio. There’s no real substance to the characters, the plot is weak and predictable, and it’s hard to connect with what’s going on in the story. Only good thing was the narrator.

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  • paul walukiewicz
  • 09-16-18

When is the next book?

Enjoyable boys own story with good baddies. Can't wait for the next book. RC Bray great as usual