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Dead Hand

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A book by Harold Coyle

With occasional references to "the Kursk incident" and to Vladimir Putin's unpopularity with the Russian people, and with a plot centered around the antics of an ultra-nationalist Russian general,Dead Handpositions itself as an up-to-the-minute thriller … see full wiki

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Author: Harold Coyle
Publisher: Forge
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Coyle grows with his success

  • May 18, 2001
Many writers who acheive success seem to shrink and rely on increasingly tired formulae. Not Harold Coyle. His mastery of the craft continues to grow. "Dead Hand" turned out to be a two-night read. If I didn't have a deadline project to deal with, it would have been read in a single night. The plot spans the globe. His use of an extraordinary device sounds and feels plausible. He manages to imbue eight (8!) major characters with lives of their own, in addition to a slew of minor characters, passing through and adding credence to the story. The combat, necessarily, is not on a grand scale. Rather the main conflict is between small, highly-trained and very deadly commando and special forces teams. The conclusion is what it should be: small steps lead to intense combat and believable heroic acts by friend and foe alike. The one-page epilogue compels you think about the sacrifices made by so many unheralded warriors to preserve or acheive freedom. Reading this novel provides the same thrill as first readings of Clancy and Ludlum, before they became "production line" writers. If you enjoy combat thrillers laced with global politics, "Dead Hand" will provide you with a fine, exciting experience.


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