A Lima Charlie Review: “BURIED IN BLACK” By J.T. PATTEN


Buried in Black

Former Intelligence advisor, J.T. Patten is back with a new series, a Task Force Orange Novel which exists in the same universe as his highly acclaimed Safe Haven series. His hero in those books, Sean Havens is also back but acts more as back-up and a mentor for his new protagonist, Warren Drake Woolf, aka “Birddog.” Known as The Man From Orange working for a government organization called Task Force Orange. An off the books and one of the most secretive military elements in existence.

Starting off with Sean Havens. I mentioned he is in a support role, but don’t let that sway your judgement thinking Sean was downgraded to some type of desk job riding an office chair, getting fat and lazy. He is still one of the most dangerous operators in the world and provides some much needed back up with his Heckler & Koch 45 as well as his sniper rifle. He always shows up at the right time and right spot to save the day. Once Drake tells him, “Thank you, but for what it’s worth, I had this.” In regard to a hairy situation that we found our main protagonist in. In that same scene, you get to see how formidable Drake is, he didn’t get to take care of the bad guys, but he got the drop on Sean.

The bad guys, the “Mohawks.” A group of pissed of Iraqi rebels whom were trained by Drake, Sean and some other elite operators which in return has made them very formidable. Good ol’ Uncle Sam recruited these warriors to attack their own countrymen with promises of freedom within the borders of USA. However, the politicians in Washington went against their word and turned their backs on these rebels and they were left to fend for themselves. Many of them were killed and those who got away, their families were slaughtered. Therefore, they used their training and some help from scared desk warriors in Washington to target US Special Forces who trained them, including Drake. Big mistake on their part.

Now onto Warren Drake Woolf, aka “Birddog.” Imagine Mitch Rapp and Marcus Dumond or Scot Harvath and The Troll rolled into one person. He’s one of the best warriors in the world, but he’s also very technologically savvy. The best of both worlds maybe. He’s a warrior on a personal mission while all other missions, such as the ones we actually read about get in the way of his personal mission, which also act as his demons. Constantly haunting him, even driving him to the brink of insanity while still kicking ass and taking names. A very formidable opponent I wouldn’t want to cross on my best day. A very funny moment in the book when someone is describing Drake, they mention how one time an operator called Birddog “support” and he punched them in the face. For my civilian readers, in the military and the intelligence community, you have your door kickers, the bad asses and then you have everything else, such as Motor T (Motor transport), your communications guy, or (comm bubba), even a chow guy. Admin or administrations to make sure their pay is in order and logistics, supply. etc. And many more “support” type of jobs. I’m explaining this just to ensure from a military perspective why someone like Drake would be so offended that he would punch another operator in the face when he called him “support.” There’s a big difference between the shooters and everyone else.

Buried in Black takes you into the blacker than black world of espionage, kill teams, and black ops like rarely seen from other authors because most authors work from fantasy or research. Patten is clearly one of those who has “been there and done that.” As a former Marine myself, reading along and nodding in excitement and approval due to his authenticity and realism is something I very much appreciate, and I must give credit to where credit is due. This military thriller goes on sale November 20th, 2018. I urge you to Pre-Order your copy now and stand by to be impressed with Buried in Black, a Task Force Orange Novel featuring Drake Woolf. I look forward to the follow up, J.T. Patten leaves you wanting more, and more you shall get, this is number one in a three book deal J.T. Patten has signed with Kensington Publishing Corp. “America’s Independent Publisher”.


Author: J.T. Patten

Series: Drake Woolf # 1

Pages: 378 (E-Book)


Publisher: Lyrical Underground / Kensington Publishing Corp.

Release Date: November 20th, 2018

Lima Charlie Review Rating: 8/10

Author Website: J.T. Patten Books




About J.T. Patten

Scott Swanson

“J.T. Patten” worked for the government intelligence and military special operations community in support of national defense and policy.  He has a degree in Foreign Languages, a Masters in Strategic Intelligence, graduate studies in Counter Terrorism from the University of St. Andrews’ Center for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV), and numerous expertise certifications in intelligence analysis, cyber forensics and counterintelligence, mobile device tracing, and financial crime investigations.

An avid reader of #VinceFlynn, #LeeChild, and #TomClancy, Patten wanted to take the traditional black-ops hero and make him more realistic through fallibility, family balance, psychological trauma, and moments of self-doubt.




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