Navy SEALs are the military's elite—highly trained, deadly, and sworn to secrecy about the details of their dangerous and confidential missions. So when one of the men goes public about a high-profile assassination abroad, all of his comrades are thrown into peril.
In this riveting novella, attorney Paul Madriani comes to the aid of a Navy SEAL who is pursued by his own government and facing possible prosecution for disclosures he says were made by others. When the soldier disappears, Paul finds himself ensnared in a deadly game of intrigue that forces him to track the man down before it is too late.
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E-novellas are normally written as promos for a forthcoming full length book - this one is no exception. The main difference is that Steve Martini wrote this novella to highlight the issue of the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder on returning US military personnel. US Navy SEAL's are highly trained killers who are sworn to secrecy about their sometimes very deadly missions. Adjusting to the peaceful environment of civilian life after being a SEAL is even more difficult and stressful than for most other military personnel.
Paul Madriani is asked for legal help by an ex Navy SEAL who says he is being sought by the authorities for disclosures he may have made about the most famous SEAL raid ever. While Madriani is not prepared to help the SEAL he gets dragged into a deadly game of intrigue when his girl friend joins the SEAL to find out more about a top-secret drone program.
This is a short, somewhat disjointed story about a dangerous man with a dangerous...
In this novel, Steve Martini has chosen to weave a mystery around a serious social issue, that being the tragic toll that is paid by far too many brave men and woman we have asked to serve our country in order to help the cause freedom. The cost to those, and their families that have written the ultimate "blank check" toward the cost of keeping America the land of the free and the home of the brave is not always death, disfigurement, or the physical disability of combat but rather the psychological wasteland of the experience. This subject is a worthy one indeed, but my opinion is a subject best covered by the author in a different cloak than "A Paul Madriani "series. The reason I purchased this book was to be entertained by the intriguing exploits of Paul Madriani and Harry Honda in and out of the courtroom so I finished the book with unrealized expectations. It leaves me disappointed and disheartened.
Steve Martini has always drawn a fine portrait of his lead lawyer, Paul Modriani in prior books. Though Modriani is a presence in this novella, Martini gives the spotlight io Joselyn, Madriani's long time significant other. She gets caught up in the drama of a returning veteran who was well trained to fight in the heinous wars of the Middle East, but who cannot cope with his return to civilian life.
As always, Martini creates a situation of fine tension and intrigue on his journey to the plot resolution. He is a fine writer and a great storyteller. It's a quick but satisfying read.
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