David Austin’s debut thriller Tehran’s Vengeance is an absolute must read thriller coming to you from someone who has been there and done that. In this smooth, easy to follow, intense ride, Austin delivers from what I imagine is real world hands on experience. With his experience as a grunt in the U.S. Army’s “The Old Guard” unit, then transitioning to the CIA where he worked in the field of Protective Operations. Imagine the Secret Service, but more bad ass. Yes, I know the Secret Service protects the President of the United States, and those guys, the best the Secret Service has to offer are cream of the crop. But, the field of protective operations protects people of high value all over the world, including cabinet-level officials when they travel and visit areas of conflict, chiefs of stations – think Benghazi. As well as case officers working all over the world. The only way to write a debut thriller like Tehran’s Vengeance is with an even mixture of experience and talent.
Tehran’s Vengeance starts in Iraq with the cold-blooded murder of an entire State Department Diplomatic Security Agents – protective detail, and their charge, Ambassador Jonathan Lewis gets kidnapped. But, don’t get your hopes up, this book is not about some daring rescue or imagined operation to recover the Ambassador. He too is killed, brutally. During the savage torture he endured, he broke. Everyone brakes under torture! He apparently lasted a long time, as is evident with the scene he was eventually found, which included water and a car battery, a power drill, and other various tools all covered in blood. As I mentioned, he broke. The information he gave up was what the bad guys turned into a hit list. A number of people who were involved in a certain operation that completely jacked up Iran’s nuclear program. This hit list, being executed by Major Farzan, a very talented operator in the al-Quds Force. The IRGC’s elite hit squad responsible for operations outside the borders of Iran. Major Farzan, with an endless amount of resources, since he is State sponsored, takes his team all over the world, conducting hits in Iraq, Germany, and even Washington DC.
Introducing to the world, Joe Matthews. A CIA paramilitary operations officer in SAD. Joe and his team are known in SAD as the team that gets the job done, with a successful record spanning the globe targeting terrorists for assassination, conducting snatch and grabs, and performing reconnaissance and surveillance on a wide variety of targets. Have you ever wondered why we’re safe, why we’re living the good life here, waiting peacefully in a long line at Starbucks and giving the bird to that asshole that cut you off on the freeway? Well, with the utmost confidence it’s because, “rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” Joe and his team are those rough men, traveling the world in search of terrorists. In Tehran’s Vengeance, that asshole terrorist Joe is hunting is Major Farzan. While a capable and worthy opponent, Joe is not one to give up. Pushing through his limits and digging deep to accomplish his mission, fueled by the death left in Major Farzan’s trail, wondering sometimes what kind of an asshole does some of the things he did. What Farzan calls ‘collateral damage,’ killing anyone and anything that gets in his way. This asshole does not hesitate, shooting through civilians, killing cops, shooting at dogs, even children. This enrages Joe and he utilized this rage and channeled it to accomplish his mission.
Another thing worth mentioning is the humor and camaraderie displayed among the team members. On more than one occasion I noticed I was grinning at the dialogue. During combat, during some really shitty times in the suck, what gets people through is humor. Personally experiencing this during my time spent in the United States Marine Corps I appreciated it, related to it, and absolutely loved reading it. Once again noticing that this thriller is written by someone who had personally experienced similar situations throughout his career.
I do have to point out one flaw. During a firefight, one of the operators on Joe’s team pulls out a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. He called it ‘Special Purpose Weapon,’ which is not incorrect, the weapon is widely known as the M249 SAW, but has been retrofitted by SOF to be lighter and more compact, they called it a M249 Special Purpose Weapon. It lacks the original SAW’s carrying handle, the tripod mounting lug, and has a collapsible buttstock. What I noticed as the flaw is the round they described it fired. ‘The light machine gun fired the same 5.57-millimeter rounds as his assault rifle.’ The round is in fact a 5.56-millimeter Nato round. While this may have been a typo, or editing error, I did notice and my OCD couldn’t look past it. As you have all noticed, my reviews tend to be detail oriented. I always try to point out the good, the bad, and the ugly of every book I review. This right here, which once again is more than likely a typo, is the only negative thing I have to point out. Which means, this book is the real deal. I very much enjoyed it and couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read more about Joe Matthew’s killing terrorists in the future. Get this book, you will enjoy it.
Author: David Austin
Series: Joe Matthews # 1
Release Date: December 19, 2018
Follow David on Twitter: @daveaustinbooks
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About the Author
Dave Austin has over twenty years of experience working in the field of protective operations. As protective agent with the Central Intelligence Agency, he has protected cabinet-level officials, chiefs of station, and case officers in a wide variety of locations around the world.
In 2005 Dave left government service and put his skills to work in the private sector where he currently leads the executive protection team for one of the world’s largest corporations.
Prior to joining the CIA, Dave served in the Army as an infantryman. He was assigned to the Third U.S. Infantry, “The Old Guard,” the Army’s oldest active-duty infantry unit. As the Army’s official ceremonial unit and escort to the president, The Old Guard is also responsible for securing Washington, D.C. in times of crisis.