A Lima Charlie Review: ‘COLLATERAL’ By Brian Andrews & Jeffrey Wilson. With a BLAST RADIUS of ARMAGEDDON!

CollateralDecorated Navy Veterans and authors, Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson are back with their sixth Tier One novel, Collateral. The writing duo have created this series that is six novels deep, a novella series centered around each prominent member in the series in their younger days. And a new series featuring fan favorite Navy Seal Lieutenant Commander Keith “Chunk” Redman called Sons of Valor is coming soon.

Ember, America’s premier black ops task force was attacked, many died. That was towards the end of last year’s Red Specter, one of the best thrillers of 2019. John Dempsey was hunting Zeta Prime, Valerian. What he wasn’t aware of though is that Spetsgruppa Zeta, Ember’s evil Russian twin was hunting them as well. Utilizing a highly placed mole, Russian spymaster Arkady Zhukov was quite successful attacking Ember HQ and killing many of their members.

Dempsey, Munn, Martin, and Grimes, the four surviving members of Ember SAD, are neck deep into their current mission, which is getting rid of Spetsgruppa Zeta. With a certain advantage on their side, similar to the type Arkady Zhukov had in Red Specter which gave his Zeta’s the insight into attacking Ember. Dempsey and team are hunting Zeta’s around the world, but what they really want to do is kill the head of the snake, Arkady Zhukov.

The new Zeta Prime, Gavriil Osinov is tasked with a new mission. He adopts a new legend, having infiltrated Ultra, an extreme Ukrainian right-wing nationalist group that have some very ambitious political destabilizing goals. He ensures their goals are met and due to some creative and cruel planning by the Russian President, President Vladimir Petrov, Russia is also made to look like a victim. Utilizing those views, he sends his Navy into the region and “peace keeping” troops that are tasked with anything but peace keeping.

While Russia is surrounding Ukraine with its Navy and sending troops into their cities with orders to destabilize the region, nothing is as it seems. No one is who they pretend to be. With official Ukraine military and law enforcement uniforms easily procured, anyone and everyone can be a hostile. While Dempsey and team is sent into the heart of Ukraine to rescue a small team of CIA analysts working under a the disguise of a logistics company. Leaving those seven souls is not an option, absolutely no one wants another Benghazi on their watch.

Collateral is full of small unit battles, large scale naval warfare on the horizon, and aerial battles to achieve air superiority. comparable to New York Time bestselling novel, Red Metal by Mark Greaney and Retired USMC Lieutenant Colonel Rip Rawlings. With World War III imminent, all the players in place, the only thing that stands in the way is Ember and their former Director, Kelso Jarvis, who reluctantly got himself another promotion.

A Lima Charlie review scale tops out at a Nuclear Bomb! But Collateral is something out of this world, therefore, this review is one of a kind. Damage equivalent to a global catastrophe. The only thing that comes to mind is an Armageddon causing asteroid hitting earth. This novel, this series is an absolute must read.




Author: Brian Andrews & Jeffrey Wilson
Series: John Dempsey ‘Tier One’ Series # 6
Pages: 615
Publisher: Amazon / Blackstone
Release Date: September 1, 2020;
Follow Andrews & Wilson on Twitter: @BAndrewsJWilson
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: ARMAGEDDON! – Damage equivalent to a global catastrophe that we CANNOT recover from.


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.


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