As you may remember, I reviewed Kerry Patton’s first book, Contracted: America’s Secret Warriors, and enjoyed the hell out of it.  It wasn’t much of an action novel, but more of a novelization of real-world operations in Afghanistan.

Well, I have to say, for his second book, Kerry has dialed things up a notch.  This is more of a globe-hopping espionage novel, though it retains the same authenticity and realistic tone of the first book.  This time the target is not the Taliban, but rather Hezbollah.  US intelligence has become so Al Qaeda fixated in recent years that Hezbollah, the Iranian proxy responsible for more American deaths than any other terrorist group prior to 9/11, has largely dropped off the radar.

I won’t go into the twists and turns of the plot, mainly because I don’t want to give anything away.  It is twisting and turning, too.  Determining who is friend or foe, or simply dealing with foes out of necessity is constant throughout the story.  There’s not a huge amount of action, but there’s tension a-plenty.

Kerry has a way of hitting the reader with sudden changes in the situation, hard and fast.  The mission also becomes personal for Declan in a way that somewhat reminded me of Patriot Games.  Don’t worry, this isn’t a rehash of a 20-year-old Clancy novel.  There’s a lot more going on here, sometimes even beneath the surface of a few words in a short conversation.

Kerry researched Hezbollah extensively, both professionally and for this book.  There’s some information in here that is not common knowledge.  It’s well worth reading for that insight alone.  The fact that it’s a tense, well-written spy novel just helps it along.

You can pick it up on Kindle and Paperback on Amazon.

Book Review: Contracted II: America’s Terror Trackers, by Kerry Patton

Peter Nealen

Peter Nealen is a former Reconnaissance Marine and veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. He deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and again in 2007, with 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Recon Bn. After two years of schools and workups, including Scout/Sniper Basic and Team Leader's Courses, he deployed to Afghanistan with 4th Platoon, Force Reconnaissance Company, I MEF. Works by Peter include: The American Praetorians Series Task Force Desperate (October 2012) - ebook , paperback and audiobook Hunting in the Shadows (June 2013) - ebook and paperback Alone and Unafraid (August 2014) - ebook and paperback The Devil You Don't Know (June 2015) - ebook and paperback Lex Talionis (June 2017) - ebook and paperback The Jed Horn Series A Silver Cross and a Winchester (October 2013) - ebook and paperback Nightmares (January 2015)- ebook and paperback The Walker on the Hills (December 2015) - ebook and paperback Older and Fouler Things (September 2017) - ebook and paperback The Brannigan's Blackhearts Series/Universe Kill Yuan (Spring 2016) - ebook and paperback Fury in the Gulf (November 2017) - ebook and paperback Burmese Crossfire (January 2018) - ebook and paperback Enemy Unidentified (March 2018) - ebook and paperback Frozen Conflict (May 2018) - ebook and paperback High Desert Vengeance (August 2018) - ebook and paperback Doctors of Death (December 2018) - ebook and paperback The Unity Wars Series (P.L. Nealen) The Fall of Valdek (July 2018) - ebook and paperback The Defense of Provenia (August 2018) - ebook and paperback The Alliance Rises (September 2018) - ebook and paperback Short Stories Rock Meet Hard Place (Part I) - Baen Books Blog Non-Fiction Operation Redwings: The Rescue Story Behind Lone Survivor (December 2013) - ebook only The ISIS Solution: How Unconventional Thinking and Special Operations Can Eliminate Radical Islam (SOFREP) (November 2014) - ebook only

One thought on “Book Review: Contracted II: America’s Terror Trackers, by Kerry Patton

  • January 19, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    I haven’t read the book, but I saw on Amazon that the main character is a “Christian crusader” according to the publisher’s description. Can you elaborate on this aspect of the character?


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