Recently, I got to read Hank Brown’s new novel, Tier Zero.  Having already read and greatly enjoyed his debut novel, Hell & Gone, I was really looking forward to it.  Well, Hank didn’t disappoint.

Set ten years after the Sudan mission in Hell & Gone, Tier Zero sees the return of a number of characters from the first book.  Rocco Cavarra is back, but he takes a back seat to Tommy Scarred-Wolf, the Shawnee Special Forces veteran.  Tommy is running this particular op, to rescue his niece from Indonesian pirates.

As much as I enjoyed Hell & Gone, this book is better.  Hank has polished some of the character interactions.  There are still conflicts between even characters on the same side, much like there were in Hell & Gone; both books are about ad hoc units put together for a particular mission.  He even has a bit of a romantic subplot going on, but it certainly doesn’t detract from the action.

There are multiple threads running through the plot, and several betrayals ratchet up the tension between the good guys, over and above the tension of being on their own in a foreign land, surrounded by enemies.  Questions are raised about who to trust, both within and without the group.  There are hints of broader conspiracies, that I hope to see pursued in the next book.  (That’s a hint, Hank.)

The fights are fast-paced and visceral, and there are plenty of them.  Hank has a little different taste in weaponry than I do, but he makes it work.

Overall, it’s an excellent entry in the genre, and an improvement on his past work.  I can’t recommend it highly enough.

It’s available at Amazon at:

Hank is also running a blog tour, with giveaways.  The details are on his blog:


Hank Brown’s Tier Zero

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 “Hank Brown’s Tier Zero

  • January 15, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for the review, Peter! I learned my lesson from last time, and left plenty of room for a sequel or two.


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