A Lima Charlie Review: ‘Rogue Strike’ By David Ricciardi. With a BLAST RADIUS of a DIRTY BOMB! (9/10)

Rogue StrikeDavid Ricciardi is back with Rogue Strike, the follow up to last year’s explosive debut Warning Light. To recap on Ricciardi’s debut, analyst Zac Miller volunteered for a mission outside of his expertise, he soon finds himself in over his head, gets captured and tortured. He escapes, and finds himself on the run from the IRGC, abandoned by his own teammates thinking he has gone rogue due to some clever thinking by the Iranians. What ensues, is a dangerous fight for his life as he crosses the vast desert, navigates the open sea, and traverses his way across Europe in order to clear his name and deliver the evidence he obtained in Iran. His freedom however came at a heavy cost, forced to assume a new identity and leave behind everything that was important to him. He is now Jake Keller!

Rogue Strike begins with Keller still green and learning, but in the field in Yemen on his first mission for CIA’s Special Activities Center, working alongside Special Ops Marine Corps Veteran, Curt Roach. The two are in place to intercept a clandestine meet of some high value targets. As they wait for their target to approach, they ensure they have comms, their drone is in place and operational with a couple of hellfire missiles and everything that needs to be in place is, they dig into their hide and wait. Once their target appears, they get PID and from there everything goes to shit. Their drone is not responding, their comms down, the bad guys aware they’re being targeted. Keller and Roach are on the run for their lives.

The said drone armed to the teeth doesn’t just stop responding. It goes to neighboring Saudi Arabia and drops its payload on a couple of thousand worshippers in the city of Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, as it is the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad and the faith itself.

From there, everyone from the Chinese government, the Saudi’s, the US government, Keller and Roach are wondering how and why this occurred. The U.S. being blamed on the world stage, the U.S. thinking their two agents in the field have gone rogue. The world powers mobilizing their militaries to prepare for war. Keller once again finds himself being hunted by terrorists, his own country, and other various groups wanting to collect the bounty that has been placed on his head. Only by the grace of his training, wits and intense action does he continue the hunt for the truth. Traveling from Yemen to Saudi Arabia, Africa, and Libya. In each place Keller finds himself in a fight for his life, with intense action, fire fights, hand to hand combat, RPG’s, raids and ambushes occurring left and right.

David Ricciardi has ensured his status as an annual must-read thriller author, coming out with back to back absolute bad ass thrillers. First with his debut Warning Light, now Rogue Strike, I am already anticipating his next Jake Keller novel.

 

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Author: David Ricciardi
Series: Jake Keller # 2
Pages: 416
ISBN: 978-0399585760
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: June 4, 2019
Follow David on Twitter: @RicciardiBooks
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: A DIRTY BOMB (9/10) – This type of bomb kills immediately & continues to kill rendering the land useless for a long time.

 

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About the author
A keen outdoorsman, David Ricciardi incorporated many personal experiences into Warning Light. He’s backpacked through the mountains of the western United States and Alaska, received extensive training from law-enforcement and US special operations personnel, and once woke up for a 2 AM watch aboard a sailboat only to discover that it was headed the wrong way through the Atlantic sea lanes in heavy weather, with one of the crew suffering from hypothermia. In addition to being an avid sailor, David is also a certified scuba rescue diver and a former ski instructor. 

 

 

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