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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Phoenix Projec

    Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

    Phoenix Project by Robert Blanchard is an action novel. Lt. Commander Max DuMonde is a US Navy test pilot. While he is recovering from his injuries in a hospital ship, he receives a strange parcel from Paris with a photo album, a set of keys, and disturbing news about his father's death. It says that his father, whom he thought had died in the Vietnam War, died only recently. The letter raises a lot of unanswered questions and Max wants to find out more. He travels to Europe for that and finds himself getting entangled  more and more in the Phoenix Project. The letter from Max's father causes the twist in the story. The story spans many countries amid the intrigue and suspense provided by the letter and the secretive Phoenix Project. There is a sense of fear and danger lurking in the background. Will Max be able to solve the mystery of his father's death?

    The story is set against a military backdrop and has a lot of action and violence running through it. The author has woven suspense and intrigue into the story, along with the action and a scientific theme. They complement each other well, making it an exhilarating read. The violence can make you a bit uncomfortable but the story is thought provoking. It stirs the emotions of readers and there is a kind of realism in the narration that makes it plausible. The blood, action, violence, and politics of the story portray a world filled with strife and unrest. It is a story that readers will enjoy. There is a lot of action, warplanes, navy ships, violence and intrigue which makes it a thrilling read.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

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    Reviewed by K T Bowes for Readers' Favorite Max DuMonde is a ma

    Reviewed by K T Bowes for Readers' Favorite

    Max DuMonde is a man who has grown up without the most important male role models in his life. He believes that his grandfather and father were both lost in US Military operations which took place two decades apart, leaving him with an inbuilt commitment to the US navy and a desire to follow in their footsteps and emulate their heroism. Recovering from an injury, Max receives a package from his father, who it seems died only a few weeks before, in France. Following his father's instructions to the heart of his inheritance unleashes a whole world of trouble for Max, involving unexpected dangerous liaisons. The storyline is complex yet gripping, keeping the reader's attention as it crosses time and character to offer a view into the lives of both Max's grandfather and father during the most intense periods of their careers. Robert Blanchard will bring the whole thing full circle in a way that cannot be foreseen. What is the Phoenix Project and what gives it a dangerous seventy-year reach?

    This novel is well written and insightful. The character of Max is heroic without being the usual brand of bad-boy-principled-soldier. He is endearing and simple in a masculine way, rugged but plausible. Robert Blanchard uses the ingenious ploy of a social gathering to introduce many of his main characters, the heroes as well as the protagonists, and it offers a suitably perplexing backdrop to the action when it all begins to become clear. Whilst the author employs the obvious necessities of military paraphernalia, the reader is able to follow their use through careful descriptions of the weapons and equipment without feeling as though it is overdone or superior. We are 'in the know,' feeling as if we are also there in the action. This is thanks to Blanchard's skill in reeling the reader in and making them feel as in danger as his characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite Max DuMonde was

    Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite

    Max DuMonde was recovering in hospital when he received a package that could change his whole life. Investigating the contents of it, he discovered that his father was not really killed in action, but died just last week. Wanting his questions answered, he traveled to Europe to learn about his father. Learning about his father also led him to find some documents dating back to World War II. These documents, something about the Phoenix Project, will change the course of the world if he does not do anything to stop it. The Phoenix Project by Robert Blanchard is the story of Max DuMonde and his adventures to save the girl, at the same time saving the world from another new world order.

    Now, that was an action packed read. From the first page up to the last, it was full of guns blazing, fire throwers, a lot of crashed air crafts, heroes with more than nine lives, and impressive senior citizens. It was like reading an action movie script. What I like about reading novels are the details: the sounds, the sights, the emotions, even the smells. Phoenix Project has all of that and more. Robert Blanchard wrote a very detailed book, it even comes with illustrations. It was very easy to picture in one’s mind what was happening. The characters are awesome and the plot kept surprising me. I loved how it ended completely, but left some parts unanswered so that readers will watch out for the next book.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite Questions abound f

    Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

    Questions abound for Lt. Commander Max DuMonde, a US Navy test pilot who had taken a bullet on a test flight near Libya in Phoenix Project by Robert Blanchard. The questions come from a mysterious package which shows up on the hospital ship, having the return address from Paris. What’s inside the package sends him on a whole new adventure that begins with the discovery that his father was not KIA (Killed In Action) in Vietnam, but had only recently died in Paris. As he goes through the contents of the package and the safe deposit box, the questions begin to mount and his need for answers along with them. What he begins to unravel in the mysterious journals and papers is a plot known as the Phoenix Project, a secret World War II experiment with the purpose of restoring the Third Reich. As Max sets out to answer questions about his family history, he is inevitably drawn deeper and deeper into the Phoenix Project mystery and plenty of danger for himself.

    The action in Phoenix Project only slows down just long enough for the reader to take a few breaths and then it takes off again. Robert Blanchard has the kind of technical mind that brings the machines, equipment and weapons to life and keeps the action realistic and intense at the same time. The hard charging action does not take away from the plot, but rather enhances it and makes the reader’s heart pound all the faster as the action takes hold. Suspenseful, action packed and engaging, Phoenix Project is a high-octane thriller that will get a grip on your throat and keep it all the way to the end.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite Lt. Commander Ma

    Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite

    Lt. Commander Max DuMonde, a US Navy pilot and ex-Navy Seal, is recovering from injuries on a hospital ship when he receives a parcel addressed to him from Paris from his estranged and now deceased biological father that he hadn’t seen in many years. Inside is a set of keys, a photo album, and some journals penned by his father. Determined to find out more, Max takes the package and travels to Europe to try to get answers to questions he’s carried for most of his lifetime. As he gets closer to unraveling the mystery of his family history, he becomes even more entangled in an international plot known simply as The Phoenix Project where he learns of a secret World War II experiment, a deadly, evil secret…

    Like to read really good action-adventure? Well, The Phoenix Project is exceptional action adventure with the action starting on the first pages and continuing throughout. Several chapters are very detailed, particularly the military and flight information. However this does nothing to deter the quality of the story but simply adds to the mental process for the reader to become more involved. The author skillfully uses flashbacks to complete the narrative and fill in the well-developed plot set over several decades. 

    I found myself quickly identifying with the characters and expectantly waiting for what was to come as the protagonist is drawn more and more into dangerous, deadly situations. In many ways, I found this story, characters, and plot right up there with a classic Clive Cussler novel with Dirk Pitt as the hero. A well thought out, well written tale that I really enjoyed. If you’re an action-adventure fan, this is a must read.

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