From Andrews and Wilson, two US Navy Veterans with combined military experience of 20 years, including service spent on a fast-attack submarine, a deployment with the Marines from II MEF (Marine Expeditionary Force) 2nd LAR (Light Armored Reconnaissance) and service with the Navy Special Warfare Command aka one of the Tier One Seal Teams.
American Operator starts off with a strategically planned terrorist attack which leaves the US ambassador to Turkey dead. We see this occur through the eyes of his assistant, Amanda Allen. We quickly learn that Amanda isn’t who she says she is, posing as a State Department Employee and the Ambassador’s assistant, while on an undercover mission with the CIA. Amanda is ambitious, smart, and GREEN. With only a few months in her new role, we later learn just what she’s made of. As she’s laying there in the rubble of the explosion the attack created, she sees a terrorist place a muzzle of a rifle against his temple and with no remorse, no hesitation, killed her boss. The terrorist’s attention now on her, she’s waiting for her 7.62 rifle round to the head, contemplating everything you can imagine as she believed her life was about to end. The 7.62 round never comes, instead she sees the other end of the rifle, taking a buttstock to the head, almost unconscious, barely feeling and realizing her body is being dragged away.
Jump to Ember, a top-secret organization created by Kelso Jarvis, the DNI. Jarvis, a former Tier One operator himself, proven by his leadership skills when in a hairy situation created by President Warner when he wouldn’t listen to one of his most trusted advisors and ends up in an ambush in Turkey. Ember, very much like the Ex-CIA Autonomous Asset Program that Mark Greaney’s The Gray Man was a part of when he worked for the CIA, or The Orion Team Mitch Rapp started out with in the New York Times best-selling Vince Flynn Mitch Rapp Series, and Brad Taylor’s The Taskforce that Pike Logan and team belong to. Ember is made up of a small group of Tier One Operators from elite sectors of each Military branch, including SEAL Teams, The Army’s Green Beret’s, and MARSOC. This group of ‘American Operators’ are tasked with direct action missions to hunt down and dispatch some of the world’s most dangerous criminals, spies, and of course Jihadists. As Grimes aka GOD (when she’s providing over watch), the bad ass Sniper on Ember likes to say, to take out “tomorrows Bin Laden.”
John Dempsey, Ember’s head of SAD, a former Navy SEAL. We quickly learn that Dempsey is formerly known as Jack Kemper. A SEAL that lost everything, his entire Tier One team on a mission gone bad, his entire life. Forced to abandon his wife and son who don’t know who John Dempsey is. His focus now, on killing bad guys. Something Dempsey is very good at. After we meet the elite team that makes up Ember on an unrelated mission in Croatia, the team gets tasked with rescuing Amanda. With intelligence suggesting a place in Syria where Amanda is being kept, they quickly form a plan of attack which involves Dempsey going solo to confirm her location, with the rest of Ember acting as QRF on a NATO base in Turkey. Upon making his way into Syria, we learn that Murphy’s Law “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong” is in full effect here. With his QRF distracted, due to an attack on the NATO base, their COMM’s down and busy engaging in a fire fight, Dempsey is left alone to fend for himself. Laying low, however is not in Dempsey’s vocabulary, especially when he notices a convoy of vehicles assembling at the compound where Amanda is being held and concluding she’s about to be moved. Forcing him to mount unsuccessful rescue attempt. At this point, Dempsey by all accounts should have packed it up and called it a day, a good effort on his part, a failed one, but he did all he could. Or did he? Dempsey knows himself better than anyone and knows that “his heart always finds a way to fuck things up.” Meaning, he continued his pursuit of the bad guys deeper into Syria, deeper into a theater with representations from Syrian rebels, the Turks, the Kurds, the Israelis, the Iranians, Al-Nusra, ISIS, the Russians, and of course the US led coalition forces. Dempsey however was “unflappable, a machine of war.” Nothing would stop him from completing his objective.
American Operator is one of the best Military thrillers of 2018, with top notch action, plots that twist and turn in every direction, forcing the characters into uncharted territory. A fourth in the Tier One ‘must read’ series by Andrew and Wilson, a quote from one of the authors, Wilson… “Authenticity and characterization go hand in hand. In our novels, we strive to imagine both heroes and villains as real people—driven by conflicting motivations, conflicting emotions, and relationships with other characters.” Reading the book, this quote is 100% accurate, as they capture both the hero and the villain in equal footing, giving you – the reader a realistic plot driven thriller that keeps you at the edge of your seat. With more action, more plots being devised to knock the US Government off its hinges, the propaganda machine this villain unleashes to meet their objective has almost no limits. You will not be disappointed, order American Operator now and escape into this world created by these two American Veterans.
Author: Brian Andrews & Jeffrey Wilson
Series: John Dempsey ‘Tier One’ Series #4
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer, Seattle
Release Date: November 6, 2018
Follow Andrews & Wilson on Twitter: @BAndrewsJWilson
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About the Authors!
Brian Andrews is a US Navy veteran and nuclear engineer who served as an officer on a fast-attack submarine in the Pacific. He is a Park Leadership Fellow, has a master’s degree in business from Cornell, and holds a psychology degree from Vanderbilt. He is a husband, father, and advocate of planetary stewardship. He would like to someday take a walk about on Mars.
Jeffrey Wilson has at one time worked as an actor, a firefighter, a paramedic, a jet pilot, a diving instructor, a Naval Officer, and a Vascular and Trauma Surgeon. He also served numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Navy combat surgeon, deploying with an east coast based SEAL Team as part of a Joint Special Operations Task Force.
He is the co-author, with Brian Andrews, of the Wall Street Journal and Amazon #1 Bestselling TIER ONE series of thrillers from Thomas & Mercer, including TIER ONE, WAR SHADOWS, CRUSADER ONE, and AMERICAN OPERATOR. He and Andrews also Co-author the Nick Foley Thriller Series, written under the pseudonym Alex Ryan, from Crooked Lane Books, which includes BEIJING RED and HONG KONG BLACK.
He is the author of three award winning Supernatural thrillers from Journal Stone Publishing: THE TRAITEUR’S RING (2011), THE DONORS (2012), and FADE TO BLACK (2013).
He is also the author of the faith based, inspirational war time novel WAR TORN.
Jeff and his wife, Wendy, are Virginia natives who, with children Ashley, Emma, Jack, and Connor, call Tampa, Florida home. He still works as a Vascular Surgeon and as a consultant for the Department of Defense when not hard at work on his next book.