Hunt the Wolf: A SEAL Team Six Novel

Hunt the Wolf: A SEAL Team Six Novel

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by Don Mann
     
 

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Navy SEAL Team Six commando Don Mann infuses his debut military thriller with the real-life details only a true insider can reveal.

In the midst of a grueling training exercise, Thomas Crocker, USN, unearths a pocket of terrorism that leads straight from the slopes of K2 to the cities of Europe and the Middle East. Crocker and his team, who are trained for the

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Navy SEAL Team Six commando Don Mann infuses his debut military thriller with the real-life details only a true insider can reveal.

In the midst of a grueling training exercise, Thomas Crocker, USN, unearths a pocket of terrorism that leads straight from the slopes of K2 to the cities of Europe and the Middle East. Crocker and his team, who are trained for the most intense kinds of combat in the most extreme environments, must blaze through a perilous web of terrorist cells to track down a ruthless sheikh who is running an international kidnapping ring before his captives pay the ultimate price.

HUNT THE WOLF is an adrenaline-packed novel sure to appeal to fans of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, featuring the world's most elite soldiers and based on the experiences of renowned SEAL Team 6 commando Don Mann.

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Publishers Weekly
SEAL veteran Mann and bestseller Pezzullo (Inside SEAL Team Six) make their fiction debut with this solid military adventure thriller. U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer Tom Crocker leads the members of SEAL Team Six in the hunt for terrorist Abu Rasul Zaman (aka AZ), al-Qaeda’s number three man, who manages to slip through the team’s attack on a warehouse hideout in Karachi. Evidence seized during the raid points to a sex kidnapping scheme in France and to a mystery ship, the Syrena. Crocker and his men have to deal with the usual Washington weenies and a troublesome CIA contact in Pakistan, Lou Donaldson, among other minor impediments. The characters spend a little too much time reminiscing about their home lives and bemoaning the state of the world, but a steady stream of action makes this a worthy entry into the burgeoning SEAL thriller genre. Agent: Heather Mitchell, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency. (June)
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"A steady stream of action makes this a worthy entry into the burgeoning SEAL thriller genre." — Publishers Weekly"

SEAL aficionados and action addicts will find...engaging hours of reading here." — Kirkus Reviews"

There's action galore as Crocker and his team are either shooting at terrorists or on the receiving end." — John Harrington, The Oklahoman"

Hunt the Wolf roars out of the most authentic inspirations in the blood and bayonets commando saga genre, and for lovers of military action fiction, this is a read to have." — James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor"

Don Mann writes like a soldier talks—straight and to the point. And he packs a mean punch." — Chris Ryan, author of Strike Back

James Grady
Hunt the Wolf roars out of the most authentic inspirations in the blood and bayonets commando saga genre, and for lovers of military action fiction, this is a read to have.
author of Six Days of the Condor
Chris Ryan
Don Mann writes like a soldier talks—straight and to the point. And he packs a mean punch.
author of Strike Back
Library Journal
A ruthless sheik is running an international kidnapping ring that specializes in abducting women to be sold for sex, with the proceeds funding terrorism. Thomas Crocker and his team of SEALs are called on to stop him and to rescue the latest victim. There are, of course, chases and fights galore. Prior to this debut novel, Mann, with Pezzullo, wrote a memoir of his 30 years with the Navy SEALs (Inside SEAL Team Six). There has been interest in the shadowy and incredibly heroic works of the U.S. Navy SEALs, in particular the almost legendary SEAL Team Six, since even before they took down Osama bin Laden in 2011. While the premise of this novel is potentially exciting, it fails in execution. VERDICT This short novel has been absurdly punctuated and stretched in an irritating attempt to fill 300-plus pages. As a result, it lacks depth, and, while there is a lot of slam-bang action, there is little to recommend the tale. Purchase for demand.—Robert Conroy, Warren, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A year ago, a team of Navy SEALs impressed the world by killing Osama bin Laden. In this book, the SEALs go a few steps further by capturing a leading terrorist, breaking up a sex-trafficking ring and scaling K2 for good measure; all in a few days with little apparent food or sleep. Far-fetched but fast-moving, former SEAL commando Mann's debut novel is essentially a series of action scenes strung together. A car bomb devastates a U.S. embassy in Morocco during the prologue, a young woman is abducted two chapters later, and it doesn't take long for the plot to tie those two events together (though we barely hear from the woman again, after one chapter from her perspective). Because the book quickly establishes that the SEALs are pretty much invincible and that freedom and justice sure beat the alternative, there's never much suspense about how things will turn out. Co-writer Pezzullo (Jawbreaker, 2005, etc.) is probably responsible for fleshing out the character details--Chief Warrant Officer Tom Crocker is a music fan who hums Sonny Rollins and Bill Withers songs to himself, a nice touch--but even he can't keep the terrorists from uttering stock terrorist lines ("You're an infidel! What do you know of Allah?") at crucial moments. The K2 side trip, which introduces a strong if short-lived female character and is full of gritty details about mountain terrain and hypothermia, is by far the most exciting section, though it has little bearing on the main plot. There's also a bureaucratic supervisor who frustrates Crocker's efforts at every turn, an action plot device that's been familiar since James Bond was in diapers. The finale is a seaboard showdown complete with explosions and knife fights. SEAL aficionados and action addicts will find a couple engaging hours of reading here; everyone else can wait for the inevitable movie.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316209595
Publisher:
Little, Brown and Company
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Series:
A Thomas Crocker Thriller Series, #1
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

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From the Publisher
"A steady stream of action makes this a worthy entry into the burgeoning SEAL thriller genre." — Publishers Weekly

"SEAL aficionados and action addicts will find...engaging hours of reading here." — Kirkus Reviews

"There's action galore as Crocker and his team are either shooting at terrorists or on the receiving end." — John Harrington, The Oklahoman

"Hunt the Wolf roars out of the most authentic inspirations in the blood and bayonets commando saga genre, and for lovers of military action fiction, this is a read to have." — James Grady, author of Six Days of the Condor

"Don Mann writes like a soldier talks—straight and to the point. And he packs a mean punch." — Chris Ryan, author of Strike Back

Meet the Author

Don Mann (CWO3, USN) is the author of the national bestseller Inside SEAL Team Six and has for the last thirty years been associated with the Navy SEALS as a platoon member, assault team member, boat crew leader, or advanced training officer; and more recently program director preparing civilians to go to BUD/s (SEAL Training). Up until 1998 he was on active duty with SEAL Team 6. Since his retirement, he has deployed to the Middle East on numerous occasions in support of the war on terror. Many of the active duty members of SEAL Team 6 are the same guys he taught how to shoot and conduct ship and aircraft takedowns, and trained in urban, arctic, desert, river, and jungle warfare, as well as Close Quarters Battle and Military Operations in Urban Terrain. He has suffered two broken backs, two pulmonary embolisms, and multiple other broken bones, in training or service. He has twice survived being captured during operations.

Co-writer Ralph Pezzullo is a New York Times bestselling author and award-winning playwright, screenwriter and journalist. His books include Jawbreaker (with CIA operative Gary Berntsen).

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Hunt the Wolf: A SEAL Team Six Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Monnie777 More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Net Galley for my opinion on this book. I will first start off saying that I usually don't read Military type books. My nephew joined the Marines last year and since then I have been more interested in this type of subject. I though this would be a good book to start with seeing as the author was a Navy Seal himself and felt this could be more realistic though I know it is fiction. I did enjoy this book. I thought the story was written well. This gives you an idea of what a Navy Seal person goes through and all I can say is wow. If you like action cause this book has a lot of action and enjoy a good story about a daring rescue then I would recommend this book. I would also recommend this book if you have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of military world we don't see in the public then read this book, you will find it very interesting.
jlgc More than 1 year ago
Our main character is Tom Crocker. He is the leader of this small band of Seals, part of Seal Team 6. Tom spends a good portion of the early part of the novel in introspection as he goes through his days. The team is sent to a terrorist hotspot to try to capture a specific terrorist. Their cover is climbing a mountain. Tom intends to take his team climbing as a training exercise after they finish the mission.  The mission is unsuccessful and disappointing. They head for the mountain and start climbing. Through the climb, we learn more of their characters. And continue to get a feel for who Tom Crocker is and the kind of leader he is. While on the mountain he meets a man who is specifically looking for Tom to enlist his help in tracking down who is kidnapping young men and women from his country.  Tom doesn’t get approval for this, but is instead sent on another mission to find a terrorist in connection to the one his team tried to capture earlier. It turns out the kidnappers and the terrorist are closely related.  This is a fast action packed story. I enjoyed it very much and impressed by the dedication of the Seals. Which I believe represents the real life dedication of the Seals. I recommend this book for anyone who likes thrillers, military, spy, and adventure novels. It’s a great read. 
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one sitting. I could not put it down. The suspense, action and interplay of the characters kept me on the edge of my chair. Seal Team 6 is a group of the finest individuals I have encountered in the written word. They are real human beings, fully fleshed out in depth. The action and adventure, whether climbing a mountain or chasing a terrorist stays withy me long after I finish the book. I can't emphasize enough the top quality writing that makes this book so compelling. I finished it drained, but thirsty for more. Hunt the Wolf is one of the greatest.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
I found this to be a solid thriller told through the eyes of the SEAL team leader. It starts with some "down time" as the team climbs a mountain. Through the challenges of climbing the mountain, we begin to see the drive and bonds that keep the team performing at their peak. That insight is helpful when we follow the team attempt to recover a kidnapped girl. The mystery and drama are well crafted and I am looking forward to more by this author. Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was agreat read. The suspense made book Hard toput down. Characters were presented in way that Made them feel like personal friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Style of writing is terrible. Lack of descripton, short prose. Do not waste your money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just ok. I skipped the middle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS IS AN SOS FOR THE NAVY SEAL TEAM SIX THIS IS COMBAT GIRL IM JUST SAYING GOOD LUCK EVERYONE MY DAD WAS IN THE US ARMY , 20th GROUP NATIONAL GUARD AND OTHERS MY DAD WAS BLOWN OUT OF TWO HUMVEES AND I ALMOST LOST HIM AND HE WAS DEPLOYED SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE I WAS BORN ON 8/17/01 I ALMOST DIDNT GET TO KNOW HIM BUT NOW MY DAD HAS RETIRED AND ME AND HIM WORK ON MODLES TOGETHER AND ITS AWSOME ONE OF MY 7TH GRADE TEACHERS WAS IN THE US AIR FORCE AND SOMEDAY I WOULD LOVE TO SURVE MY COUNTRY EVEN THOUGH OTHERS MIGHT NOT CARE AT ALL BUT WHO CARES WHAT THEY SAY IF I WAS OLD ENOUGH I WOULD BUUT SINCE IM ONLY 13 AND VERY STRONG JUST LIKE MY DAD I CANT SIGN UP AND EVERY TIME I SEE A SOLDIER I SOLUTE YEAH TO ME THATS SO COOL AND FUN TO EVERY MAN AND WOMAN THAT SERVES THEIR COUNTRY I SOLUTE YOU GO USA!
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SoIReadThisBookToday More than 1 year ago
It is a principle of human nature to hate those whom you have injured. - Tacitus It begins with a bomb. With a roar and devastation the U.S. Embassy building in Rabat, Morocco explodes in a blast of heat and light and death. An explosion brought about by hate and envy, pride and religion and everything else that is wrong with the world. All die. The good and the evil, the foolhardy and the wise. Dead is dead, and nothing shall ever be the same again. And so begins an adventure covering much of the world, from the slopes of K2 to France as Seal Team Six, lead by Chief Warrant Officer Tom Crocker, the assault leader of the infamous “Blue Team” of the U.S. Navy SEALs involve themselves in a massive manhunt across countries, and through the mountains. Waylaid by the CIA, Crocker and his team are taken off their training mission to climb K2 and sent after Abu Rasul Zaman, third in the power structure of al-Qaeda. As the hunt for Zaman is to begin, however, they are given yet another mission – assist the King of Norway in finding a young girl, Malie, who has been taken by white-slave traders. As the story becomes more and more exciting Crocker and his team being to connect the dots – dots which show connections between Zaman, a known associate of Zaman’s named Rafiq who has been providing bomb making materials to Zaman and his co-conspirators and the white slave trade. When Crocker and Akil (Akil Okasha El-Daly, aka Akil Daly) one of his team members are captured, tensions ratchet higher and higher, leading to an explosive story of crime, punishment and a story with layers upon layers of conflict – just as expected from a novel set in such a volatile part of the world. The author, Don Mann, is a Navy SEALs veteran with seventeen years of service, and his eight years served as a member of SEAL Team 6, later known as DEVGRU, significantly defines the plot and the characters. Mann has a grip on character development, especially in how I would expect a Navy SEAL to react to the conditions and happenings of the story line. Overall, this is an excellent story for lovers of action, adventure, suspense and military intrigue. The first of a series, I will be reading the others as well. I received this book from the publisher in return for a realistic review.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
Looking into the ideology and mission focus of a Navy Seal team leader, the things he took for granted, the things he depended on, and the heights he pushed himself too. A look into the life and struggles of the modern warfare. The dedication, training and commitment of modern soldiers in an increasingly difficult and convoluted war. One man's commitment training and sacrifice show the heights of human endurance, strength of character, the commitment of brotherhood. Faced with insurmountable odds, devilish enemies, and faulty political systems. Can this Seal team leader get his illusive target. Stop a league of human traffickers, get his brothers home. Oh and don't forget to climb K2.
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