Purple Heart recipient and New York Times Bestselling author, Sean Parnell is back with his second Eric Steele novel, ALL OUT WAR. Sean Parnell was a U.S. Army Captain in the infantry, the famous 10th Mountain Division, out of Fort Drum, NY. Division motto: Climb to Glory. With a strong presence in WWII, Somalia, Haiti, and of course the War on Terror, which Captain Parnell was a major part of. In 2006, then Lieutenant Parnell led his platoon, “Outlaw Platoon” on a 16-month extended deployment near the Pakistani border in the Barmal District of Paktika Province. On June 10th, 2006, his platoon was nearly overrun with a force that outnumbered them ten to one, Parnell was knocked unconscious and wounded several times during this battle but refused to give up or leave his men. He kept getting up and continued to lead. Upon completion of this mission, Parnell was awarded two Bronze Star Medals and a Purple Heart. For a better understanding of these events and the entire 485 days of almost constant battle, Sean put out a memoir in 2012, OUTLAW PLATOON. A definitive must read.
Eric Steele in an Alpha. At any given time, there are nine Alpha’s assigned their own geographical territory on the globe. An Alpha is “a Clandestine operative assigned to a unit known simply as ‘The Program’.” Its purpose is to give the United States President another option to use when “All Out War” is on the horizon. Much like The Orion Team Mitch Rapp was a part of early in his career, or more recently The Taskforce in Brad Taylor’s bestselling Pike Logan Series and Task Force Ember in the must-read Tier One series by Andrews and Wilson.
Following the events of Man of War, (2018) Steele took six months off to recover. Upon coming back to active duty status as an Alpha, he had to prove his skills and stamina were up to par. Enduring a tough assessment, he finished with flying colors and was ready to embark on a new mission with his keeper, Demo. Before they had a chance to organize for this mission, Steele got attacked at his home. Not by some wannabe tough guy intruder with a gun, but Steele heard “the unmistakable shriek of an RPG-7 leaving its launcher.”
An RPG-7 fires a 40 mm shell up to 500 meters, Effective blast radius is 10 meters for the kill zone and up to 130 meters for casualties. It’s able to penetrate armor, it has been recorded in successful attacks against tanks, armored personnel carriers, buildings, fortifications, shot down more low-flying helicopters than most man-portable air-defense systems, known as the “one-man dealer of death.”
If that wasn’t bad enough, Steele’s mom was over for dinner and delivering a package he received at her place. Unknown to him at the time, the reason for this attack at his house is that very package. Utilizing some formidable skills, a small arsenal of weapons and his state-of-the-art security system, Steele fought back and even manages to get away in his Pontiac GTO. His adversary however planned for every possible outcome and gave chase, getting outmaneuvered and ambushed Steele realizes he’s in trouble and calls for help. Help did come, but a bit too late and the outcome puts both passengers of the GTO in the ICU.
Recovering quickly with some experimental treatment, Steele was anxious to find his attacker and bring them down. Throughout his efforts he slowly learns that there is more at play, this isn’t only personal anymore, it’s a well-planned, backed with formidable opposition, global conspiracy that could threaten major world partnerships and bring All Out War. Steele quickly turns the tides, no longer the hunted, he starts hunting. In his efforts he learns a terrorist named Zakayev is responsible for all the chaos including the personal attack that left his mom in a medically induced coma, and is planning to break out an old friend, Hassan Sitta from one of the most secure prisons on the planet. Sitta, a genius bomb builder with ties to Hezbollah. Pulling their strings, a man named Gabriel, working for a prominent intelligence agency.
Parnell brings us a globe trotting thriller with our hero fighting bad guys in his home, then London, Budapest, Vienna, the middle of the Arctic Ocean, Norway, Egypt, and Israel. There is never any lack of action and putting this thriller down is a tall order. Like very few authors out there, Sean Parnell has been there and done that. This carries over into his novel, giving his writing a level of accuracy very rare among the rest. From his knowledge in basic infantry tactics, weapons, the use of support, such as submarines, jets, cyberwarfare, it is all well explained and easy to understand. Parnell also manages to bring a small, but well written level of humor into his writing, surprising me as the reader a bit since “Rangers aren’t issued a sense of humor” (RLTW). The outcome is a must read novel that has earned itself a Blast Radius of a Nuclear Bomb! A Definite must read.
Author: Sean Parnell
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: September 3, 2019
Follow Sean on Twitter: @SeanParnellUSA
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: A NUCLEAR BOMB (10/10) – The potential here is death on a global scale, nothing is scarier than a nuke. This is the best rating a book can get.
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About the Author:
Army Ranger, combat infantryman with the elite 10th Mountain Division, and veteran of 485 days of fierce fighting along the Afghan-Pakistan border, Captain Sean Parnell’s unique leadership skills welded his platoon into one of the most fierce and effective American fighting units in modern military history. Repeatedly outnumbered and outgunned by a foe whose avowed purpose was to overrun his platoon and behead his Soldiers so that their torturous deaths could be filmed and posted on Al Qaida propaganda websites, Sean’s “Outlaws” battled furiously in the most rugged terrain on the planet—the towering Hindu Kush Mountains. Eighty-five percent of his platoon received Purple Hearts for wounds incurred in battle, but his men gave far more than they received. Outlaw Platoon killed over 350 enemy fighters in some of the biggest firefights of the Afghan War.
Not only did he lead his men against Taliban, Haqqani and Al Qaida fighters, but his platoon was repeatedly attacked by uniformed members of the Pakistani military on the Afghanistan side of the border. In January 2007, a Pakistani frontier corps force joined an Al Qaida-led mass assault on Sean’s platoon, then stationed in a remote and half-completed combat outpost scores of miles from the nearest friendly base. The ensuing battle created an international incident and led directly to a confrontation between U.S. State Department officials and the Pakistan government. Sean was wounded in action on June 10, 2006 when his platoon was nearly overrun for the first time by a force that outnumbered them almost ten to one. Refusing to leave his men as they battled the enemy at point-blank range, Sean was knocked unconscious and wounded two more times during the firefight. Each time, he returned to his feet to lead his men again. His selfless example prompted one of his Soldiers to remark later, “Sean Parnell saved us all.”
After the June 10, 2006 battle, Sean continued to suffer from untreated head and neurological wounds. For weeks after, cerebral-spinal fluid leaked from his ears and nose while he continued to patrol with his men. His dedication to his men came at great personal cost: when he returned home following the 06 deployment, his wounds forced him from the Army, and he was medically discharged. His platoon remains one of the most decorated Army units since 9-11.