No Other Optionby Marcus Wynne
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No Other Option is the all-new thriller that tells the tale of the hunt for one of the world's most dangerous trained killers. Marcus Wynne, a former government operator and expert on the psychology of special operators, presents a gripping page-turner with startling insight into the warrior mentality, told with extraordinary technical accuracy.
Project Dominance Rain: an elite brotherhood of America's finest dogs of war, and a hard core cadre of the best in military intelligence. From the jungles of South America and Africa, to the deserts of the Middle East, to the mysterious Orient, to our own shores, this specialized task force acts in the best interest of US National Security, surviving any condition, and bringing victory at any cost. Unleashed by the President himself, this specialized commando unit contains only the most elite commandos.
As one of Dominance Rain's most skilled members, Jonny Maxwell's actions in the face of combat have made him a living legend. Feared and respected the world over, he helped turn Dominance Rain into America's most effective secret weapon. But now, Jonny has replaced the adrenaline rush of war with an obsession with rape, and Dominance Rain's most dangerous weapon has become America's most dangerous criminal.
Harboring America's greatest military secrets, Jonny is on the loose in Middle America, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. On his tail are Detective Nina Capushek of the Minneapolis Police Departments Sex Crime Unit, a hard-nosed cop whose beauty is most certainly deceiving, and Lieutenant Dale Miller, member of Dominance Rain and Jonny's brother in arms-and the only man with the skills and knowledge to bring Jonny down.
The increasing number of victims leads them to Jonny. And although Dale was brought in because he alone knows the inner workings of Jonny's mind, nothing will prepare Dale for their final confrontation. As he and Nina close in on his mentor in the dark art of special operations, Dale begins to fully realize his mission. His assignment is no longer bringing in his rogue brother. The mission is now kill, or be killed . . .
Author Biography: Marcus Wynne's work both with the United States government and without has taken him to over fifty countries worldwide, including those shown on the Travel channels' "World's Most Dangerous Places," for which he was hired to consult. He hunted North Korean Special Forces along the DMZ, coordinated the American Embassy Evacuations in Haiti during the 1991 coup, and led a counter-terrorist Federal Air Marshall Unit during the Gulf War. A respected counter-terrorist instructor, Marcus trained Nelson Mandela's security force and trained all local police tactical units for high-risk operations during the Dayton Peace Accords. He lives in Maryland with his wife Caprice.
“Off the Reservation is a solid novel about the predators among us. The bad guy gave me nightmares for a week.” Stephen Coonts, The New York Times bestselling author of Cuba
“In a way that only one who's been there can fully understand, Marcus Wynne takes you on a dark journey into the mind of a special operator. He spins his story with such suspense, in a world that only a chosen few will ever know, that you come away knowing that Marcus Wynne will be a major player in the thriller genre.” David Morrell, New York Times bestselling author of First Blood and The Brotherhood of the Rose
“There is nothing fresher and brighter and more entertaining than a gripping tale told by someone who has been there, done that. Wynne combines the quirky characters and plots of the real world with the smooth pulsing flow of a well-written thriller.” Robert Young Pelton, bestselling author of The World's Most Dangerous Places and The Adventurist
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No Other Option
By Wynne, Marcus
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Jonny Maxwell field north through the Kansas night, his hands steady on the wheel of his second stolen car, following the undulant ribbon of 1-35 over the gentle hills and past the dark farmhouse settled among the even rows of corn. Only the lone headlights of an infrequent passing car broke the midnight darkness.
He shook a cigarette from the Marlboro hard pack the car's owner had left on the dashboard. He noticed how his fingertips trembled, and he willed them still. Only when the tremor subside did he light his cigarette.
Jonny's reflection shone on the inner curve of the windshield, the long hard line of his face lit by the dim-green dashboard lights and the cigarette lighter's red coil. He was pleased with how little exultation or fear he saw on his face.
This wasn't likes Beirut or Bosnia or Syria or Guatemala or any of the other dirty little hellholes he'd fought in There'd been other with him then--men he'd thought of as his brother--ready to call down the high-tech wrath of the Stealth bombers and their precision munitions, or to pull on their balaclavas and take up their weapons to come to his aid.
Or to avenge him if he fell.
But he'd fallen alone this time, and there was to be no help for him.
The chemicals of fatigue and stress flowed through him like drugs and, for a moment, the reflection of his face blurred before his eyes. He skinned his lips back in a fierce grimaceand exhaled sharply, twice, through his nostrils to clear his head. He needed a break.
Up ahead, where the road seemed to rise into the night sky, a brightly lit roadside rest stop gleamed between the highway and the dark cornfields. Jonny turned the Cavalier into the packing area and idled slowly forward while he looked the rest stop over. On the far side of the concrete shelter over the rest rooms and vending machines was a parking area for the big interstate trucks. Three semitrailers, their light off, were parked there. On the passenger car side of the stop there were only two cars besides Jonny's. Parked well away from the lights was a beat up Camry, a man slouched in the tipped-back seat, his head lolling against the window in the abandon of deep sleep. In front of the rest rooms was a black Toyota 4Runner. The drive, smoking a cigarette, sat on the hood and stared up at the night sky.
Jonny pulled in next to the 4Runner and shut off his engine. Jonny got out, stretched, and nodded to the other driver.
He was a college kid, early twenties, blade thin in black Leiv's and a black T-shirt, with a scraggly goatee that barely concealed his weak chin. He nodded back of Jonny and said, "Look at this sky, will you? It's beautiful out here."
Jonny regarded him in silence for a moment, long enough to make the boy shift and pluck at the knee of his pants, then looked up at the stars.
"That it is," Jonny said.
He went into the rest room and urinated for a long time. He lingered over the sink and thoroughly washed his hands. When he came back out, the college kid was still there, starting up at the sky. The parking lot was still except for the steady click of cicadas. The boy looked at him and nodded again, avoiding Jonny's steady gaze.
Jonny moved closed and pointed ay the 4Runner's license plates. "You from Minnesota?"
"I go to the school there, St, Thomas. In St. Paul."
"I know the area. Nice place. You grow up around there?"
"No, my family's in Cedar Rapids."
"Didn't want to go the U of I in I in Iowa City?"
The boy rushed to laugh. "No. Too close to home."
"Yeah, I remember thinking the same thing."
"You go to U of I?"
"No." Jonny smiled and looked around the parking lot. The Camry driver was still lolled back asleep in his seat, the car half-obscured by shadows. There was no sound or movement from the trucker's side of the rest stop. "I went to UCLA."
"How'd you like Los Angeles?"
"I thought you said..."
"It was the Tegucigalpa campus of UCLA. In Honduras. You know what that means, UCLA? Unilaterally Controlled Latin Assets."
Jonny interrupted the boy's puzzled look when he pointed at the 4Runner's side panel. "Somebody really keyed your door here. Messed your paint job all up."
"What?" The boy slid off the hood and stepped between the tow cars. "Where?"
Jonny pointed low on the rear passenger door. "Right there."
"I don't see anything..."
When the boy bent low to examine the side panel, Jonny clamped the boy's head, one hand over his mouth and the other at the back of his head. He snapped the boy's head back and then sharply over, twisting the struggling student around faceup. The boy's legs buckled and the whole weight of his body centered at the base of his neck when Jonny levered the thin neck into the crook of his arm. Jonny jerked sharply upward, once, and heard the dull wet pop of the neck breaking. He turned the limp head and extended it twice to ensure the neck was broken and the spinal cord hyperextended. The boy flopped, twitched, and was done. The black jeans darkened with urine as the bladder let go. Jonny eased the body down between the two cars. He looked over the roof of the 4Runner and slowly scanned the rest stop. The sleeping man in the Camry still slept. There was no one out on the trucker's side and no one in the rest rooms.
He opened the 4Runner's rear door and wedged the limp body into the backseat. There was a faded green cotton sleeping bag wadded on the floor, and he pulled it over the body up to the neck, as though the boy were sleeping. Jonny pursed his lips, then reached out and palmed shut the boy's eyes. Then he got into the driver's seat, turned the keys hanging in the ignition, and drove slowly out of the rest stop.
Copyright 2001 by Marcus Wynne
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Meet the Author
Marcus Wynne has been a paratrooper, diplomatic bodyguard, Federal Air Marshal, close combat instructor, emergency medical technician, freelance writer, training and security consultant, and a cook. He's traveled to more than 50 countries, many of them among the world's most dangerous places. He is in demand as a speaker on aviation safety and security, counter-terrorism, military matters and the psychology of high-stress operatives. He has made television appearances on Oprah, Primetime Thursday, Good Morning America, Fox Family and Friends, The Crier Report, as well as many local television stations, and has given radio interviews for dozens of major radio stations. Marcus is a full time writer, splitting his time between novels and screenplays.
Marcus Wynne has been a paratrooper, diplomatic bodyguard, Federal Air Marshal, close combat instructor, emergency medical technician, freelance writer, training and security consultant, and a cook. He's traveled to more than 50 countries, many of them among the world's most dangerous places. He is in demand as a speaker on aviation safety and security, counter-terrorism, military matters and the psychology of high-stress operatives. He has made television appearances on Oprah, Primetime Thursday, Good Morning America, Fox Family and Friends, The Crier Report, as well as many local television stations, and has given radio interviews for dozens of major radio stations. Marcus is a full time writer, splitting his time between novels and screenplays. His books include No Other Option and Warrior in the Shadows.
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The story line was a good one - Wynne just needs a little more work on realistic character development. I enjoyed it, though, and recommend it if you're in between books and looking for a page-turner.
This was a mildly entertaining novel, about what you'd expect from an airport bookstore purchase. A 2.99 download, I got what I paid for.
I could not put this book down the minute I started reading it. Wynne paints a very graphic and realistic picuture of the inner workings of federal and local law enforcement. This book is certainly not for the faint of heart but if you like a book with great action scenes, this one will certainly meet your satisfaction
I was quite fortunate to read an advanced copy of Marcus Wynne's new book NO OTHER OPTION. This book is one of the best I have ever read in the military/ tactical thriller genre. Marcus has a wide background and is one who writes from real experience. He as operated as a counter-terrorist as well as a special operator in the DMZ of Korea. This book reeks of authenticity. The tactics, weapons use and thought process of the characters is the same as those who have actually operated in the special operations community. The book is written in such a way that the reader feels they are part of the story. TOP NOTCH ACTION THRILLER!
The president signed the executive order forming Dominance Rain, an ultra elite group of twelve operatives who made the SEALS, Special Forces and other upper echelon units look lie wimps. Very few people know that this cell exists as a cross between the military and the CIA handling special assignments. However, the cadre¿s top gun, Jonny Maxwell is convicted of rape and sent to Leavenworth based on the testimony of his best friend and fellow dog Dale Miller. Jonny easily escapes incarceration killing at least one guard in the process. Dominance Rain chief Ray Dalton sends his best man Dale Miller to bring in the convict before things really turn ugly, but he is too late as the body count mounts along the Mississippi River. Dale joins forces with Minneapolis police detective Nina Capushek in an effort to stop the bloody trail of a person who he still considers a brother. NO OTHER OPTION is an exciting thriller that works on two levels. First off, the story line flows with bodies from the start, as Jonny has no remorse while killing. On the other hand, the plot asks a much deeper question as to why a highly respected individual goes bad, but Marcus Wynne cleverly avoids pat pseudo-psychological responses. Instead the audience has a winner that takes a suspense action packed chiller with provocative concepts to a level rarely seen by a veteran writer let alone a debut author Like Mr. Wynne. Harriet Klausner
I enjoyed No Other Option for its thriller and psychological profiling aspects. I could identify with the female lead character, so there is definitely something for everyone. Wynne really makes you care about the characters - I still wonder where they might be now...
I loved this book.
The way that the author described the situation or scene was very thorough and realistic. I felt as though I was standing next to the character(s). I would also like to thank the author for his service to the country. Thank you.
This book has rocked me to my core. Marcus Wynne painted such an incredible picture that, after reading the book--I felt that I had been part of it.