David Ricciardi is back with his third Jake Keller novel, Black Flag. In my review last year for Rogue Strike, I called Keller, Green. Meaning he was still new to field work and being an operator. For those that aren’t caught up on the Jake Keller thrillers, he was an intelligence analyst named Zac Miller. He volunteered for a mission outside of his field and he quickly found himself in over his head. But he pushed through against being captured, tortured, abandoned, framed and hunted. He managed to clear his name and bring back the damaging evidence that cleared his name and implicated Iran. His freedom however came at a heavy cost, like Jack Kemper became John Dempsey in Andrews and Wilson’s Tier One Series, Zac Miller assumed a new identity as well, he is now Jake Keller.
Black Flag started off a bit slow, but later we learn that Keller was being used and manipulated. He is assigned to investigate a cargo ship pirating scheme in Mogadishu. For those not familiar with the place, that is where the true story of “Black Hawk Down” occurred. The war-torn city is living in poverty, driven by a two-year drought and a non-existent or corrupt government in place. While ship pirates have basically fallen out of existence due to increasing naval support, technology, and lack of profit. The current pirates in place have grown and modernized their scheme to the point where they were very effective. They would come prepared for any and every situation, they were well trained, well-funded and well-armed, no one could identify them because they were precise with their mission goal.
Jake Keller finds himself once again in a fight for his life. While targeting him, others close to him find themselves victim to pain, death, sabotage, and deceit. This infuriates Keller and gives him the motivation to push through the pain and almost certain death, while violating his orders from his superiors in order to do the right thing. With surprise twists, constant changing battlefield views and non-stop action, this series just keeps getting better. David Ricciardi has earned himself a Lima Charlie Rating of A DIRTY BOMB! With a 9.5 rating. An absolute must-read political thriller, pre-order ASAP.
Author: David Ricciardi
Series: Jake Keller # 3
Release Date: May 19, 2020
Follow David on Twitter: @RicciardiBooks
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: A DIRTY BOMB (9.5/10) – This type of bomb kills immediately & continues to kill rendering the land useless for a long time.
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.