The Profession

The Profession

by Steven Pressfield
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very interesting look at the future of modern warfare... fast pace book... lots of interesting aspect in to the inside of a mercenary army.. keeps u thing about if it could work at all. well written and entertaining... also puts u in the mind of a warrior and what they must over come.. the thoughts of right vs wrong.. that every soldier must face in his military career...
Rob_Ballister More than 1 year ago
THE PROFESSION is a well written, fast moving book about the use of mercenaries in warfare. It has all the heroic characters and gripping combat one expects out of Pressfield, and should not be missed by action/thriller fans. I admit I was skeptical about reading this. Pressfield's GATES OF FIRE is one of my all time favorite books, and I have read it at least four times. However, TIDES OF WAR was an incredible disappointment, as it was way more political than thrilling. However, THE PROFESSION is an excellent blend of action and political intrigue, and strikes a balance between the two that TIDES OF WAR absolutely missed. Gilbert "Gent" Gentilhomme was once a proud US Marine, serving under General Salter, one of the greatest military minds in the US since Patton. Salter runs afoul of the political administration and is court-martialed, and Gent feels like he loves the fight more than any cause, so both of them end up as mercenaries. But this is 2032, and unlike today, mercenaries are now organized into full-blown professional armies, hired by nations, mega-million dollar corporations, and big energy companies all over the world. Soon Salter's tactical savvy changes the balance of power in the middle east, and he has the world by the throat. The US can either welcome him home with open arms, or go into an economic meltdown not seen since the Great Depression. The US prepares to welcome back Salter as its savior and abandon its status as a Republic, and Gent has to choose between a commander he loves and the ideals of the country he once-upon-a-time swore to defend. The story has more double-crosses than I can count, but it's intriguing, exciting, and full of non-stop action. Pressfield did a lot of research into weapons and tactics (I'm career military; he knows what he's talking about), and the result is a story that is as believable as it is exciting. And don't bother trying to predict the end; it's from way out in left field. Action and techno-thriller fans will truly enjoy this. I'm back on the Pressfield band wagon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this was excellent!!
AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
In the not too distant future, Gent Gentilhomme is a soldier.er, mercenary. He is a former marine who is loyal to his men and his leader, General Salter who is no longer a General, but the leader of Gent's mercenary army. In this future, mercenary armies are the way to deal with international issues and Gent is one of the best. General Salter has his own agenda in this game. Gent has always been loyal and is considered almost a son to him. He trusts Gent to see to situations he doesn't believe anyone else can handle. Salter knows his men and weapons and has a keen mind for strategies. His current "situation" is to exact his revenge on the men who exiled him and took his title. Gent doesn't understand several things about his beloved General but is-as always-a loyal soldier. But should there be a limit to loyalty? As Gent realizes the depths of Salter's objectives, he will have to answer that question himself. Scarily realistic version of how the Nation could go! This book will entertain and scare you with its action and realism. Reviewed by Ashley Wintters, author of "Shadows of Suspicion" (Ashley Dawn) published by Suspense Publishing an imprint of Suspense Magazine
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Sailon More than 1 year ago
It is the year 2032, employing elite military mercenaries is how the powerful (oil companies, governments, mega corporations and financial institutions) stay in power. The mercenary armies are a well oiled team made for keeping power. The Profession is what happens when just such a mercenary army leader takes the power for himself. Marine General James Salter is a military master mind who is discharged from the army after a court martial. Gilbert “Gent” Gentilhomme is a proud marine, serving in the US army. Gent decides he loves the “brotherhood” of fighting more than the political machinations, so he joins Salter in his mercenary endeavors. Gent doesn’t know Salter’s end game, take control of power to gain revenge on those responsible for his exile and return home as Commander in Chief. Very quickly Salter’s maneuvers the balance of power in the middle east. The US must either welcome Salter back or welcome economic disaster. The only person that might be able to stop Salter is Gilbert “Gent” Gentilhomme. Gent realizes he must decide between Salter, a man he loves like a father, and US the country he once swore to defend. The Profession is action packed, gritty and lots of mind boggling double crosses. This book is filled with lots of twist and turns and power games galore. Pressfield is extremely descriptive and technical with the mechanics of war and equipment which is great for the war techno enthusiasts out there. This being my first military thriller, I found the beginning of this book a little difficult to follow and confusing. The real action and meat of the story started about ½ in for me. That being said, once I got past the technical details, I was hooked into this action packed thrill ride. The plausibility of this story is extremely scary and not farfetched. This copy was given to me by Goodreads First Reads and Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
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