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