Reign of Evil: A SEAL Team 666 Novel [NOOK Book]

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Reign of Evil, the third installment in Weston Ochse's series starring the Navy SEALs who handle supernatural threats, with film rights optioned by MGM



Legend holds that when Britain is in its darkest hour, King Arthur will return to save the country, if not the world. That legend is dead wrong. When a Grove of Druids sacrifice the lives of a group of innocents, including ...

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Overview

Reign of Evil, the third installment in Weston Ochse's series starring the Navy SEALs who handle supernatural threats, with film rights optioned by MGM



Legend holds that when Britain is in its darkest hour, King Arthur will return to save the country, if not the world. That legend is dead wrong. When a Grove of Druids sacrifice the lives of a group of innocents, including the fiancée of a member of SEAL Team 666, the ancient king is brought back from the dead and sets his sight on subjugating humanity and cleansing his land of all who are not true Britons. Because of political sensitivities, Triple 6 is ordered to stand down, but that order is ignored by one of them seeking his own vengeance. Now, the members of America's elite supernatural-hunting team must decide what is more important: their orders or their loyalty to their own team member.


Film rights to the SEAL Team 666 series were optioned by MGM, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson signed on to star in the feature film adaptation!

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Editorial Reviews

EBOOK COMMENTARY

Praise For The Series:
New York Post Name SEAL Team 666 Required Reading!

“SEAL Team 6, the real-life elite team that killed Osama bin Laden, has never seen the kinds of things that confront its fictional counterpart.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Every story-line is as taut as a gunfighter's nerves, and individual scenes pop like firecrackers. I raced through this novel and when it ended, I wanted more." —Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of In the Night Room

"SEAL Team 666 is like X-Files and Torchwood written by Tom Clancy: ingenious, creepy, and entertaining." —Kevin J. Anderson, international bestselling author of Death Warmed Over

Publishers Weekly
09/29/2014
If you can buy into the premise that monsters such as demons, warlocks, and golems are out to destroy modern civilization, you'll have a rollicking good time with Ochse's action-packed third SEAL Team 666 novel (after 2013's Age of Blood). SEAL Jack Walker and the Triple Six team join their British monster-hunting counterparts, Section 9, after Walker's girlfriend, Jen, meets a horrific end at Stonehenge, brutally murdered by King Arthur riding a giant white stag. The military guys are aided in their battles by a sexy witch, Sassy Moore, whose magic wand proves more useful against the deadly wraiths than the usual SA80s, Glock 17s, HK416s, and Sig Sauers. Together and separately, the Brits and Yanks battle various supernatural creatures and their human minions up and down the British Isles, taking terrible casualties and inflicting serious damage before a series of exciting battles decides the outcome. That Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is attached to star in the forthcoming MGM SEAL Team 666 movie can only win the series new fans. Agent: Robert Fleck, Professional Media Services. (Oct.)
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“Wherever the supernatural threatens the United States and her allies, Seal Team 666 will be there locked, cocked and ready to rock.” —Geekmundo

“A fast-paced adventure that straddles the worlds of special operations and the paranormal.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The military action is first rate, and the horror is tight and scary. Readers who enjoy Brad Taylor's and Brad Thor's military thrillers, but who don’t mind stories that add to the military mix some over-the-top terror in the manner of Jonathan Maberry, will find this the perfect diversion. The ending screams for a sequel, which would be most welcome.” —Booklist

“A rollicking good time.” —Publishers Weekly

Praise For The Series:

New York Post Name SEAL Team 666 Required Reading!

“SEAL Team 6, the real-life elite team that killed Osama bin Laden, has never seen the kinds of things that confront its fictional counterpart.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Every story-line is as taut as a gunfighter's nerves, and individual scenes pop like firecrackers. I raced through this novel and when it ended, I wanted more." —Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of In the Night Room

"SEAL Team 666 is like X-Files and Torchwood written by Tom Clancy: ingenious, creepy, and entertaining." —Kevin J. Anderson, international bestselling author of Death Warmed Over

Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-07
A Navy SEAL team defends Britain against supernatural creatures. Retired Army intelligence officer Ochse (Age of Blood, 2013, etc.) introduces the third book about his fictitious SEAL Team 666, a military unit that specializes in doing battle with the supernatural. When Navy SEAL Jack Walker's fiancee is killed during a mysterious druid ritual at Stonehenge, the commando hops over the pond to find answers and vengeance in England. The few remaining members of Section 9—Britain's counterpart to SEAL team 666—aid Walker's quest for answers by connecting him with a witch who serves as a conduit to the dark demons on the other side of the natural world. However, threats become severe with the appearance of homunculi, or what Walker calls "Freddy Krueger-Stretch Armstrong serial-killing fucking mini-golems," and half human-half beast dogs that are inhabited by the souls of the recently deceased. When the American Seal team unites with their cohorts in Britain, these elite warriors realize that the secret societies of the Red Grove and the Bohemian Grove are behind an elaborate plot, which includes restoring ancient pagan Christmas rituals. The ultimate goal of these ceremonies, many of which revolve around sexual deviance, is to bring back the mythical King Arthur with the intention that he'll return Britain to its former glory. Enter enigmatic spirits who inhabit the bodies of a wide array of human hosts, and this makes for an intense showdown that will decide the future of Britain.With minimal character development, this is a fast-paced adventure that straddles the worlds of special operations and the paranormal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466859586
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Series: SEAL Team 666, #3
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 45,932
  • File size: 793 KB

Meet the Author

WESTON OCHSE (pronounced 'oaks') has won the Bram Stoker Award and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In addition to his previous SEAL Team 666 novels, his work has appeared in comic books and magazines such as Cemetery Dance and Soldier of Fortune. He is a retired U.S. Army intelligence officer and current intelligence officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency. He lives in Arizona within shouting distance of the International Border.
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CHAPTER 1

22,000 FEET ABOVE MARANA AIRFIELD. NIGHT.

JUMPING OUT OF AIRPLANES INDICATES A SEVERE LACK OF BOREDOM was scrawled on the inside cabin of the plane in permanent ink. Jack Walker loved night jumps. In fact, it was his favorite part of being a SEAL. Sure, the free travel, the government rations, the shooting, the fun of getting your ass kicked by supernatural creatures you didn’t even know existed held their own special places in his heart, but those were nothing like the feeling of leaping out into the blackness of the night sky and becoming one with the universe.

He stared down the hull to the open door. Red and green lights rested above it. Both were off. Outside was total black.

Sam Holmes, his commanding officer, was with him because it was time to recertify Jack for High-Altitude High-Opening jumps. Not that there was any doubt that he could do them—SEAL Team 666 had sure done their share of them lately—but with all free government food and travel came the necessity of paperwork.

Triple Six had experienced a much-needed rest over the last five weeks and Holmes wanted to make certain everyone was current in their certifications, so this week had been filled with glorious physical fitness tests, rifle and pistol range qualifications, medical exams, SCUBA re-quals, and HALO, HAHO, free-fall, and static-line jumps. Where regular military units made sure their equipment was battle ready, whether it be a tank or a ship or a plane, in the SEALs the men were the equipment.

Laws, YaYa, and Yank had been certified the previous evening. Jack would have joined them, but he’d had to appear in traffic court in Los Angeles to try to contest a speeding ticket on the 405. Not that he wasn’t speeding; he was just hoping that appearing in his shiny dress uniform might earn some leniency from the hopefully patriotic judge. It had been a waste of time. Jack had been ordered to pay the full fee and received points on his license and wasted a day.

So much for patriotism.

Most important for Jack, once he recertified in HAHO he could go on some much-anticipated leave. Jen had gone to England a week early to spend time with an old college roommate from Bard. She planned on spending time with her friend now so that she and Jack could see the country together once he arrived. They still hadn’t set a date for the wedding, but they were thinking about spending their honeymoon in England. This trip would serve as a reconnaissance to see if there was any place with which they might fall particularly in love. As Jen said, only a SEAL would recon his own honeymoon.

But that had to wait. Jack was already a senior parachutist and had almost enough jumps for master parachutist wings. Still, the U.S. Navy in all her wisdom wanted a checkmark on a list in a file. There was no other thing to do but comply.

Normally he’d conduct the jump with the other SEALs of Triple Six. HAHO in and of itself wasn’t difficult once you learned and practiced, except for the sheer bulk of equipment, oxygen tank and mask. What was difficult was for all the SEALs to stay together so that they could hit the target simultaneously. With nearly forty thousand feet of room to drift apart, the chances of screwing it up were astronomical. But this was just a certification jump. He and the others would practice another time.

Jack and Holmes were the only two passengers in the rear of the DCH-6 de Havilland Twin Otter. The seats had been removed and replaced by a single bench along the port side. Jack sat with his equipment hanging to the floor. He carried a one-hundred-pound pack in front. His HK416 was attached to the front. The oxygen tank rested on top. A hose ran from the tank to the mask he wore. He’d been pre-breathing 100 percent oxygen to purge the nitrogen from his blood for ten minutes so he wouldn’t experience hypoxia or the bends. A helmet and goggles rested on his head. He stared at the altimeter gauge on his left wrist and watched it creep past 24,000 feet. His MC-6 parachute served as a seat cushion, which he leaned back against.

Holmes sat beside him. He wore a chute, helmet, and mask but wasn’t carrying a simulated combat load.

“I know you’re aching to get this over with, SEAL,” Holmes said through their intra-mask com system, “but slow is smooth and smooth is fast. We’re not going to rush anything.”

“I’m okay. Last thing I wanted was to spend a week with two chatty Cathies. Talk about feeling like a third wheel.”

“Just so. Slow is smooth and—”

“And smooth is fast, I know.”

Holmes held up a hand. “Hold. Getting a call from Laws.”

Walker watched Holmes. Through his mask, he could only make out the SEAL team leader’s eyes. But several times they flicked in his direction. Walker felt worry creep into his system. He’d had a finely honed sense of trouble ever since he was orphaned and left on the streets of the Philippines as a child.

Holmes spoke for perhaps two minutes, then turned to face Walker.

“What’s the news?” Walker asked.

Holmes shook his head. “It’s bad. We’re going to cancel training.”

Butterflies with switchblades kamikazied in his stomach. “How bad?”

“Worst.”

Walker went through the list of all the worst things that could happen. He was stunned at how few there really were. He glanced at Holmes and then he knew. The emptiness was so complete it was as if his insides had been torn out, leaving the vacuum of space.

He couldn’t keep his voice from cracking as he said, “Jen?”

Holmes closed his eyes and nodded.

Walker gulped for air. He felt like he was falling. How ironic he wore a suit made for it and it wasn’t helping. “How?”

“They don’t know. She and her friend and a group of others were all murdered visiting Stonehenge.”

Suddenly he had something to grab on to. “Did you say ‘murdered’?”

“I did.”

“Do they have the—”

“They have no idea.”

“By ‘they’ you mean MI5?”

Holmes nodded.

“What about our intel? Do we have any?”

“If we did I know it’s well above our pay grades.”

“To hell with pay grades. She was my fiancée … and I want to know. I need to know.”

“We may never know.”

“That’s bullshit.”

“Regardless, this exercise is over. Team leader to pilot.”

“No!” Walker felt a sense of panic. He had to have something normal. He needed something planned. He had to jump. He glanced at the open door, then back at Holmes. “Let me do this.”

The voice came from the cockpit and through their com systems. “Team lead, this is pilot. What’s your command?”

Holmes gave him a steady gaze.

“What? You think I’m going to kill myself?” Walker felt his lip curl. “You think I’m going to swan-dive so I can be with Jen in a better place? As romantic as that sounds in movies, it’s bullshit. Someone has to be alive to pick up the pieces. Someone has to be the one to get revenge.” He paused and couldn’t keep from one last desperate whisper. “Is she really dead?”

“Yes, son. She’s really dead.”

“Let me jump. Just let me fucking jump.”

“Team lead, this is pilot; I say again, what’s your command?”

“Pilot, this is team lead; continue mission.”

“WILCO.”

When they reached altitude, the light above the door blinked red.

Walker made to stand and move, but Holmes gripped his arm. They both wore masks, but Jack could feel the intensity in his commander’s eyes.

“We’ll get through this, Jack. We’re your family. We’ll help you any way we can.” Holmes held on for a moment, then let Walker go.

They both stood and crouch-walked to the door. When the light turned green, Walker stepped out and let the wash carry him back and down. He knew Holmes was right behind him, but there was no way to see him. Not through the darkness. Not through Walker’s tears.

Fifteen seconds later he deployed his chute and felt it jerk him free of his fatal fall. He stared at his altimeter and watched as it indicated his descent. Sobs overtook him at 25,000 feet. At 21,000 feet he thought about pulling the release on the chute. Maybe there was a heaven. Maybe there was an afterlife. God knows he’d discovered that there was so much more to this world since he’d joined Triple Six. If there were demons and shape changers why couldn’t there be a heaven?

Holmes’s voice brought him back. “Walker, you’re off course.”

Walker checked the GPS compass on his other wrist. He was way off course.

Holmes’s voice was filled with urgency. “Walker, what are you doing? We talked about this.”

He guided his MC-6 in the proper direction. “Course corrected,” he said, then nothing more.

If there was a heaven then he had time to get there. Time probably moved a lot differently in such a place. It might only be a moment for Jen. Then a voice reminded him that it could also be an eternity, but he ignored it. What had initially seemed a comparison of love and revenge and a question of which was stronger had been reconciled. Love was revenge’s fuel and by god he’d loved Jen like no one else. He pictured her waiting for him by the famous San Diego statue of a sailor kissing a nurse. The way Jen’s red hair had lain against the white nurse’s uniform she’d rented from a costume store. The way she and Jack had kissed, mimicking the statue. That had been a hell of a day.

By the time he hit 10,000 feet he knew what had to be done. By hook or by crook he was going to find out who killed his fiancée and when he did he’d do the same to them and everyone else involved.

He’d do it or die trying.

Copyright © 2014 by St. Martin’s Press LLC.

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    It has been a very long time since I could pick up a book and fi

    It has been a very long time since I could pick up a book and finish it in 4 days. There was no way I could put this one down without having immediate " I need to know what happens next! " syndrome. People will stay up and binge watch a TV or movie series and this is what I just accomplished, but with a book.

    Reign of Evil is the absolute best of Weston Ochse's SEAL Team 666 series. As I was reading, it felt like watching one episode of "24". Jack Bauer could wreak havoc if you happened to be away from the TV for a couple of minutes. Now we have Jack Walker and Team 666 along with it's dwindling British counterpart, Section 9. It was a very cool surprise because I hadn't considered other countries having their own SpecOps Supernatural Beast Busters. 

    There was so much mythology, folklore, and possible double crossing characters that you had no idea who would try to beat 'em all. I won't provide any spoilers, but if you've seen the Denzel Washington movie "Fallen" with John Goodman, you should get a glimpse into the raging battles that ensue.

    Weston has a way to insert parts of the story that make you think outside of the book, which I believe lend to his high and tight story telling.

    If you've not read the other SEAL Team 666 books, I suggest you buy them all and read them in order. You certainly don't have to read them in succession, but it helps understand the characters and their interactions with each other.

    I wish I hadn't read it so quick because now I'll have an anxiety ridden wait until the next appearance of the Navy's secret monster hunters.

    Recommended? YES. Get all three! (SEAL Team 666, SEAL Team 666: Age of Blood, and SEAL Team 666: Reign of Evil. When you're done with those, grab a copy of Grunt Life. Trust me.

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