The President of the United States has been targeted for assassination--by his own party's power structure. A national election is pending and the killing must look as if the opposition party is responsible. Desperate to prevent the crime and avoid an overwhelming defeat, the opposition turns to the only force that can stop it this late in the game--a mysterious hunter-killer team known only as the Sleeping Dogs. This blackest of black ops units was formed to carry out the wettest, most illegal missions. During the First Gulf War the unit infiltrated the palace in which Saddam was hiding and killed over 200 of his elite Republican Guard in hand-to-hand combat. They were seconds away from killing the dictator when the Coalition's high command had second thoughts and aborted the mission. Later, a U.S. President, fearing discovery of the unit's existence could spark an international crisis, ordered its members terminated with extreme prejudice. They faked their deaths in a plane crash and went underground. Now, 20 years later, they are asked to leave the safety of their anonymity and risk their lives for their country one more time.
A seemingly unconnected car crash rapidly escalates into a series of plot twists and rising body count involving Russian agents, crooked politicians, Ukrainian gangsters, a billionaire international arbitrageur, a secret society of individuals in the military and intelligence communities, the CIA, a doggedly determined FBI agent, and the six deadliest men on earth--the surviving Sleeping Dogs. Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening is a techno-political spy thriller that combines relentless action, crisp dialogue, fully drawn characters, and thought provoking plot twists. Squarely on the same page with David Baldacci, Brad Thor, Lee Child and other best-selling thriller writers.
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Nefarious forces have been inexorably guiding the United States toward becoming a Marxist welfare society. All that stands in the way of the deterioration of the American Dream is a secret society bent on keeping capitalism alive. Luckily, they’ve got a potent weapon on their side. Twenty years ago, the order came from the U.S. government to destroy a special military unit made up of genetically gifted men, known as the Sleeping Dogs. To escape the death sentence the last six members of the Sleeping Dogs went underground. When a corrupt senator seeks to expose the Sleeping Dogs to further his career, he fails to heed a most important warning – you should always let sleeping dogs lie. Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening is a testosterone-fueled adventure that comes armed to the teeth with guns, fists and plenty of bloodshed. Those who enjoy such media franchise hits as The A Team or The Expendables are sure to instantly warm to this team adventure. The story follows the team of Sleeping Dogs as they unravel an intricate plan spearheaded by the Russian government to turn American into an entitled, socialist nightmare. Sleeping Dogs is definitely a page-turner. The author does an admirable job of painting a realistic picture of how the Sleeping Dog team operates, including their weaponry, evasion techniques and attack scenarios. Special props to the author for noting that a silencer doesn’t fully silence a gunshot (almost every show, movie and book gets this wrong). With that said, this particular book wasn’t for me. I struggled to find a relatable character in this alpha male jungle and came up empty. Additionally, the underpinning purpose behind the secret organization felt flimsy (America descending into a Marxist paradise). Throughout the book, several characters launched into conservative tirades that came off as weak and patronizing to me. Those who consider themselves on the liberal or progressive side of the political spectrum will likely want to let this particular book lie. For anyone else who could use a couple of dislocated shoulders, smashed skulls and explosions to perk up their day, wake these dogs up. (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the author.)
Great read. Falbey crafts a political thriller that provokes thoughts of what might be. He does a great job of developing the characters of a diverse team of Special Op personalities developing their strengths as well as unique character flaws and how this high functioning team promotes those strengths while controlling the weaknesses to overcome the antagonists in this thriller. The book concludes with unique twist making you look forward to the second book in this trilogy. True bargain for a book of the Lee Child, Vince Flynn, Brad Thor genre.