Combat veteran and genuine American hero Sean Parnell is back with his third Eric Steele novel, One True Patriot. Sean is well known for his memoir, Outlaw Platoon where he documents his time spent near the Pakistani border in the Barmal District of Paktika Province in Afghanistan. While there, his platoon was almost overrun with a force that outnumbered him and his men ten to one. Sean describes his time there as a “hellish deployment.” In my SITREP with him last year when All Out War (2019) his second novel was on the horizon, Sean goes to say, “it was just hell on earth for 485 days of combat, 85% casualties, some men were wounded two, three times.” In one attack, Sean was knocked unconscious and wounded, but he refused to give up or leave his men. For his strong leadership during this enduring war time experience, Sean was awarded two Bronze Star Medals and a Purple Heart. To see a detailed account of the constant 485 days of battle, check out OUTLAW PLATOON.
At any given time, there are nine Alpha’s assigned their own geographical territory on the globe. Among them, Eric Steele is the best. 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 conventional methods are not an option.
These Alpha’s are the best of the best, the most intuitive, best trained, most capable operatives in the world. Yet, in One True Patriot, they start getting picked off. The first Alpha to bite the dust, Stalker Six, Jonathan Raines the former Air Force Pararescue man or PJ. His brutal murder comes at you quickly, he doesn’t see it coming and neither do you, the reader. And then his assassin announces herself to The Program by answering his phone and drops some hints that she knows all about the Alpha’s and that their days are numbered.
Eric Steele is tasked with finding out who is targeting them, but Steele is also on a personal mission and goes rogue when he discovers some intel from a personal source. This mission sees Eric single handedly attack a sizable force and dish some ass kicking that shows his level of skill and determination to learn the truth about something that means a lot to him. Steele also gets a new Keeper assigned to him, Dalton Goodhill since we saw the death of Bobby “Demo” Cortez in last years All Out War. This new addition doesn’t make Steele happy initially, but as I’m sure Sean Parnell has experienced in combat, brotherhood is born on the field of battle, and Steele’s new Keeper proves himself as a formidable ally. His past history is also briefly mentioned, and Dalton has some history with Eric’s father.
One True Patriot delivers a heart thumping, edge of your seat military thriller that will keep you reading way past your bedtime. Earning itself a Blast Radius of a Nuclear Bomb, a second for Sean Parnell on our review scale. This series from a combat veteran, a true patriot himself is an absolute must read for those Brad Taylor and Jack Carr fans, the authors that have been there, done that, and earned the t-shirt with their service to our wonderful country. One True Patriot is available September 1, 2020. Pre-Order now.
Author: Sean Parnell
Publisher: William Morrow
Release Date: September 1, 2020
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.
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.