This book is based on a reviewer copy received directly from the author but reflects my own views. This book came in a package with the author's next two books with the disclaimer that they are three separate stories but are best read in order to keep continuity. The author did tell me some things about the next two books which already gave me "spoilers" for this one but I did not let that effect my enjoyment of this one.
The author introduces Andy Carlson on a Navy Seals mission in Saudi Arabia. Things don't go right as his friend is killed but Andy is able to forge ahead based on the training he received to be above pain and to be able to always improvise to survive. At the end of the mission he saves a Saudi girl and then the story flashes ahead several months.
Andy is no longer a Seal but is now employed as a doctor in an emergency room. He is attracted to Lindsay, another doctor and they plan to spend a weekend at Andy's home, called the "Farm." It is actually a large plantation estate dating back to the 1700's with a series of underground limestone tunnels. On the way to the Farm they "happen" to see two Saudi Princes that they had just treated in the emergency room, apparently doing recon at military locations. They photograph the pair and follow them around checking out what they are doing. After providing the authorities the information about the Saudis they finally arrive at the Farm.
Lindsay is not who she claimed to be and tries to put something in a drink for Andy. He sees her and subdues her. She says that what she put in the drink was something to only make him sleep. She is working for the government and needed to do something wthout Andy in the way. It is at this point that of the book that the reader must suspend any belief of what could be possible in real life to enjoy the rest of the book. as things happen that make you want to shake your head. Andy kill government people on his Farm, he performs surgery on himself, he has a total military arsenal that could probably take out tanks, he has a fortune in gold stored in his tunnels just to name a few.
I was able to suspend belief and did enjoy most of the book as it was full of very detailed action scenes and very detailed descriptions of surgical procedures. Reading the biography of the author I was able to see that everything about the book is from his own life as the Farm parallels the place where he lives, with the limestone tunnels and he does work as a doctor in an emergency room. However, some of these scenes seem to drag on in too much detail over too many pages and that brought down my appreciation for this book. Thus I can only rate it three stars but do look forward to reading the next two.
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What should a Navy SEAL do when faced with evidence that representatives of the U.S. Government are secretly buying old Soviet tactical nuclear weapoons for purposes other than disarmament? In this thriller, Andy Carlson responds by throwing a monkey wrench into the deal and by resigning from the Navy. Hoping to settle down on his family's Virginia farm and resume his career as an emergency physician, Andy instead finds himself and those he loves the targets of his own governement and a Russian arms dealer. Although a capable warrior and field surgeon, Andy is disallusioned with his country and unprepared for the female operative sent to ensnare him. He's a binge drinker, never comfortable around women when he's sober and scarred by personal losses. Andy's antebellum plantation is a major player in the action, with its network of limestone caves, family treasures, historical surprises, and natural defenses. Andy enlists three unlikely allies in his defense--a pregnant CIA agent, a male descendant of a former slave on the Carlson plantation who shares a common ancestor with Andy, and a teenage Saudi girl. Some of the secrets of the plantation have never been discused in polite company. Some have heretofore been unspeakable. There were good reasons why the Indians, the British, and the Yankees had lost on this same ground in previous battles. But the Carlsons knew who their enemies were in those fights. And tactical nuclear weapons had never been in Farmville ...