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The Renegades

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    As with his two previous adrenaline producing novels, Tom Young

    As with his two previous adrenaline producing novels, Tom Young brings the reader right into the action. Back again are Gold and Parsons who, along with three new heros, give you all the inspiration you need to keep reading this gut wrenching book. This book shows another side of the Afgans whom many consider our enemies. When, in reality, many of these people hate the actions of the insurgents as much as we do. The heart breaking scenes with the boys who are kidnapped from their villages to become suicide bombers will eat at your very soul, but the Lionesses from the Marine Corps. will lift it.
    For an exciting, rewarding novel with a lot of truth thrown this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2013

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    Adrenaline Driven Adventure

    Listening to a book by author Tom Young stirs strong emotions. While it is a story of fiction, the author’s extensive military background gives credibility to what he writes. The pain, suffering, torture, loss of life and dedication have elements of truth to them. Having said that and the fact that I’m not big on war-theme stories, I do highly recommend THE RENEGADES. Narrator Scott Brick brings the story, people and setting to life. His deep throaty voice gives depth to Young’s words. Brick’s cadence is alluring as he pulls you into the middle of a battle zone and breaks your heart with the tenderness of his soothing voice when emotions involve the young and innocent victims. Then he has you on the edge of your seat as the action gets underway. Afghan Air Force adviser Lieutenant Colonel Michael Parson and his interpreter, Sergeant Major Sophia Gold, are once again reunited following a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan. They are on hand to assist with aid and rescue efforts. However, a Taliban splinter group Black Crescent, is making life difficult for the workers. They are shooting medical works, downing helicopters, and threatening anyone who takes aid. But worst of all - they’re kidnapping young boys and making them become suicide bombers. Parson, Gold and Parson’s Afghan aircrew scramble to provide aid, along with the other workers, in everyway they can. Discovering a way to possible locate the leader of the splinter group, Gold goes against Parson’s orders. Following her lead could stops the new group or get her killed. THE RENEGADES is action-packed from beginning to end. It’s adrenaline-driven with so many twists, turns, highs and lows it feels like a roller coaster ride. The story flows smoothly, but quickly with moments of tenderness and concern woven throughout, as well as snippets of humor. The characters are engaging, realistic and well-developed. Their interaction with one another is plausible. Young’s eye for authentic detail adds depth to the story and places the reader/listener in the midst of the action. The story will leave you breathless, exhausted and eager for more. Having read/listened to THE RENEGADES (or any story by Young), you come away not only having finished a fascinating story, but learned a great deal about American servicemen and women, the trials they face overseas and their dedication. Young entertains with his words, but also educates and informs. This is the third book featuring Parson and Gold, but can be enjoyed as a standalone. But be warned, after an introduction to Parson and Gold you’ll want to know more. FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Well-written but far too graphic and has excessive profanity

    This was very well-written and the story was a tribute to those who suffer so much for the rest of the world's freedom.
    However, it contained too much detail. It was very graphic, as the reality of this war truly is, but way too much for the average person to digest.
    I know many feel they have to resort to profanity -probably not totally educated in a vocabulary that can express themselves without it - but the use of profanity by the main character was excessive, especially since he is suppose to be an educated officer.
    A truly great writer can allude to these situations without dragging the reader down to that level.
    I won this book and I would have appreciated it as a great work had it not been so foul. It was generous to offer it for the giveaway but I will not be recommending it nor purchasing any further works of Tom Young because of the above reasons.

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

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    Holding The Line

    Tom Young previously wrote under the name Thomas W. Young. (The Mullah's Storm and Silent Enemy) His stories are becoming more tightly written as is his name. His characters are becoming less stiff and more lifelike. His stories continue to evolve with more effective action scenes and greater character depth. The Renegades presents two sides of the warrior's dilemma.The book recounts the soldier's desire to fight, to lash out, to end the conflict by crushing the enemy. This is best personified in Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Michael Parson, a battle scared veteran who is training the U.S.'s Afghan allies in combat operations flying Russian built helicopters. It also shows the need to help others through understanding and providing aid and comfort. This role is effectively filled by U.S. Army Sergeant Major Sophia Gold. Her unique role as an interpreter and a jump qualified airborne veteran are tempered by her understanding and feelings for the victims of the terrorists. The humanity is not weighted down however with political correctness. The book is full of action. The author's background with the Air National Guard provides a rich basis for the dramatic descriptions of aerial action and hot, lead filled ground actions. This book provided for review by the well read folks at Library Thing and G. P. Putnam's Sons.

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