Control Under Fire

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Technology and air superiority equals success in modern warfare. But even during the War in Afghanistan, satellite recon and smart bombs cannot replace soldiers on the ground. When a SEAL team SeaHawk helicopter goes down in the icy mountains of Kandahar, Lieutenant Lester Donovan must make a difficult decision — follow orders or go "off mission" and save his fellow soldiers. With Taliban terrorists at every turn, neither decision will be easy. He'll need his instincts and some high-tech weaponry to get off of ...

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Overview

Technology and air superiority equals success in modern warfare. But even during the War in Afghanistan, satellite recon and smart bombs cannot replace soldiers on the ground. When a SEAL team SeaHawk helicopter goes down in the icy mountains of Kandahar, Lieutenant Lester Donovan must make a difficult decision — follow orders or go "off mission" and save his fellow soldiers. With Taliban terrorists at every turn, neither decision will be easy. He'll need his instincts and some high-tech weaponry to get off of the hillside and back to base alive!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kip Wilson
One of titles in the "Bloodlines" series, this book presents the information in an engaging format that is part comic book, part novel, and part textbook. This series introduces readers to the life of a specific soldier in wartime—all members of the Donovan family tree—as they face the realistic conditions of war, including the deaths of fellow soldiers. This particular book launches readers into newly-promoted Lieutenant Commander Lester Donovan's world during the War in Afghanistan as he leads his team of Navy SEALs to capture a Taliban leader. Tension runs high as the helicopter is shot down, the Taliban leader is freed and the living American soldiers are captured. Donovan and Master Chief Miller—who had been left for dead—manage to escape from the burning helicopter just in time. As commander, Donovan decides they should hurry back to get information about the Taliban to base, but his plans change when they locate a cave guarded by the Taliban—which turns out to be a huge maze of tunnels and a prison for the American soldiers. Donovan makes radio contact with the base and arranges for an air strike, so tension mounts as he and Miller must gather their fellow soldiers and get out within thirty minutes. Donovan leads the way to safety, but is shot in the process. With Miller's help, he joins the others and the book ends with Donovan believing that he did the right thing to follow the generations of his family into the military. With this very current and realistic story, Sherman brings the history behind it to life, providing a great springboard for young readers wanting to learn about the War still going on in Afghanistan. Reviewer: Kip Wilson
School Library Journal
Gr4–6—These titles follow members of the Donovan family and their wartime experiences. In the first novel, PFC Michael Donovan is a paratrooper in World War II. He narrowly escapes being killed by German soldiers on D-Day. Control follows Michael's grandnephew, Lester, a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. He has just been promoted to commanding officer of his team. They are returning from a successful mission capturing a top-ranking Taliban officer when their Blackhawk helicopters are shot down. Most of the men die, two are captured, and Lester and another man are left for dead. They escape the wreckage and go on to save their captured team members. Each story begins with a brief overview of the war and illustrations of the gear the servicemen wore. Chapters are separated by "Debriefing" spreads that are illustrated with archival photos, describe equipment, and continue the history of the conflict. Color comic-book-style illustrations appear throughout. These books are easy to read, take a serious look at war, and do not glamorize killing or death. Set in small type, the factual sections, however, may be a little too dense for the intended audience.—Erik Carlson, White Plains Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781434225610
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Bloodlines Series
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 567,340
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

M. ZACHARY SHERMAN is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He has written comics for Marvel, Radical, Image, and Dark Horse. His recent work includes America's Army: The Graphic Novel, Earp: Saint for Sinners, and the second book in the SOCOM: SEAL Team Seven trilogy.

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Table of Contents

Personnel File Lcor Lester Donovan 6

Chapter 1 Snatch and Grab 8

Chapter 2 Ties That Bind 22

Chapter 3 Command and Conquer 34

Chapter 4 Into the Lion's Den 46

Chapter 5 Hooyah! 66

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