Enter Dragon Team-an elite special ops group led by former FBI agent Levi Hart. Its mission: Waylay a plot by two of the world's most dangerous terrorists to assassinate President Melchior's successor and cause global economic collapse. But when Levi goes undercover to infiltrate Kruger's gang of violent skinheads, he gets cut off from his backup team and has to go it alone. Now it's anybody's game to win, and the good guys are running out of time.
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What a hair-raiser! What an original plot! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. This is one cool story. The main character is also cool—Levi Hart is totally believable and unlike the cliché-ridden good guys in so many other novels, guys with names like Lance Stone or Jack Steele. Another reviewer said he could identify with Levi and I agree because he’s “Everyman,” a guy with a calm sense of confidence coupled with determination, and tempered by a genuine feeling for others. But he’ll also kill if necessary, but only if necessary. The plot is original with plenty of turns and twists. There was one scene in particular, when a woman who has fallen in love with the main character ends up stalking him. Naturally, she walks in on him at the worst possible moment! Even though I could see her coming the author used some sleight-of-hand so that I almost fell out of my chair when she did show up. Great job of writing. The transitions from scene to scene are flawless. This story flows! It also rocks. The action scenes are real, the dangers that threaten Levi are ever-present and growing, and the team work by his handlers is a beautiful thing to see. I forgot to mention that he has to go deep undercover and infiltrate a neo-Nazi group in order to stop a presidential assassination, and watching him get inside this group was a work of art. There’s a great confrontation toward the end that made me shout, “Yes!” There’s also a final scene that made me want to become just like Levi. Great story. Wish it didn’t have to end. I hope to see a sequel.
Brilliant. Nuanced. An absolute page-turner. The story’s parts fit together like a Swiss watch, while multi-dimensional characters leap from the page with mainspring-like force. The characters are utterly believable and credible, especially within the context of an original, inventive premise that had me asking, “Why didn’t I think of that?” And what a premise it is, right out of today’s headlines: a small band of Middle Eastern terrorists kills America’s second black president. Elite counter-terrorist squad is called in to help capture them. But the squad uncovers a connection with a domestic white supremacist group, with plans to conduct a second assassination and bring an already unstable global economy to its knees. Enter the hero: Levi Hart is a refreshing break from the formulaic Rambo types that populate so many thrillers. Instead, Levi is, “. . . angular and slender, with a shy grin and knowing eyes.” Yeah, I liked him because I’m on the small side and can’t identify with the Rambo’s. But while reading Cobra Clearance I realized hey, I could be Levi Hart! As a hero Levi is a leader and a lover, courageous but compassionate; soldierly but spiritual. But there’s nothing sappy about him. There’s a poignant scene early-on with his best friend in which they discuss a tragedy that ripped Levi’s life apart. The scene reveals their honest, straightforward friendship—one in which each trusts the other to kick their butt if that’s what it takes and then say, “Snap out of it.” Nope, there’s nothing maudlin about these guys. The entire squad is tough, tested and tight in their unity. The hero does have human failings (otherwise he wouldn’t be interesting) and is threatened by a non-human element that could overwhelm any of us. Rather than reveal the problem and spoil the story for others, I’ll simply say that I thought the way he took ownership of his vulnerability and dealt with it made him even more heroic. The climactic outcome made me feel triumphant, while the final sentence of the final scene grabbed me and left me wanting more. I sure hope there’ll be a sequel. In the meantime I will read this book again and again. Thank you Richard Craig Anderson for giving me heroic people to believe in again