Friday, September 8, 2017

Book Review: 'Full Black' by Brad Thor

"When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies." -- Numbers 10:9 (NKJV)

You are in for an exhilarating read. Get some snacks, a favorite beverage, and settle in for the night. You probably won't leave your chair until you finish the last word.

Full Black opens with this explanation:

"In the clandestine community, the most sensitive classified assignments are referred to as black operations.

"Few suspect, and even fewer realize, that there is a darker side to black operations. These missions are born in the shadows. They are not classified or recognized. They simply don't exist.

"They are Full Black."

Full Black opens with a delicate operation to insert an agent into a terrorist cell. Thousands of miles away some of the world's best assassins move in to eliminate one of Hollywood's most famous film producers. Both operations explode in an orgy of mayhem. And before the dust settles . . . the hunt is on for the mysteries that are shaken loose. The pace rapidly picks up as a dangerous timetable is set in motion . . . and only a Full Black operation can save the day. But will it be in time?

This book contains no politically correct expressions, no focus on protecting anyone's "legal" rights, and no concern about what methods are used . . . except that they work.

Unlike many "end of the world as we know it" thrillers, Full Black has a pretty credible premise, one that's based in fictional characters who appear uncannily like real people whom you could probably name. As a result, there's a chilling reality to the threat that will leave you thinking about how best to stop terrorism.

Some people may feel that the action evolves too slowly in the beginning and middle of the book. I like to think of it as like being on a canoe trip on an initially slow-moving river that flows into a huge waterfall . . . taking readers over the edge.

Is the book a little preachy? Yes. But if such things were said more often, I think that wouldn't be all bad.

Keep your eyes open!

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Donald Mitchell. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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