2 out of 4 stars
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The US Navy SEAL by William H. Brackley tells the story of Jenna Marks, a decorated Navy SEAL who has one more operation to carry out before she retires. She is a member of a six-person team being sent by the government to a 100-year-old research facility that sits out in the middle of the ocean. The 650 military personnel that lived and worked there have disappeared. The team’s mission is to destroy any evidence of funds for the facility that can be traced back to the government.
In the search for the truth about the facility, Jenna uncovers a massive scandal that seems to go all the way to the top of the U.S. government. Her discovery could throw America into chaos. However, in order to gather proof, she has to move swiftly as they are not alone. Whoever or whatever caused the disappearance of the other inhabitants are now after her team. Will they be capable of getting out alive?
Mr. Brackley definitely possesses a vivid imagination, which represents my favorite aspect of the book. The plot to the story and the facility that he dreamed up are creative. The tale goes back and forth from the mission in the year 2072 to previous operations and conversations she had with people in the past. Each transition is clearly marked, so you know what time frame they are in. It is told from the first-person point of view, from Jenna’s perspective. Fitting into the science fiction genre, it is loaded with action.
However, the execution of the story needs work. The writing in the book is sometimes confusing, especially the dialogue, and this is my least favorite aspect. I found myself rereading frequently to make sense of it. The word “glare” is used often in the story. Wondering why everyone seemed so angry, I would reread to see if something was overlooked; then, I realized the author simply meant to stare or look at but not angrily (although the person was sometimes angry). Another example that puzzled me was, “A little ahead, the corridor seemed to have most of its ground missing. I walked over to determine how unstable the ground was, but it was too slippery.” Remember that they are in the middle of the ocean, and there is no ground. These corridors are high in the air.
For me, a lot of the story is not completely believable. I think if the Navy SEALs embark on a mission, it will be clearly thought out and planned in advance. In the story, they merely seem to wander around the corridors without a clear idea of where to go or what to do. Jenna even said, “No matter how long I stared at the terminal, it didn’t feel right to go back to the vast emptiness of the corridors without a plan.” However, they did not come up with a plan and continued to wander around.
I feel like the character development lacks as well. Jenna seems a little conceited about her achievements and abilities, and she is the only person we know for sure who can be trusted. The readers are not familiar enough with the other characters to understand their motives or thinking.
Not all the questions were resolved by the end. Therefore, if you prefer your loose ends to be neatly tied up, you might want to skip this book.
I found several grammatical, punctuation, and formatting errors as well. It could use a professional editor.
This book achieves a rating of two out of four stars. Two stars were taken away because of the issues listed previously. I didn’t give it one star because I think some sci-fi fans would still enjoy the action and suspense in the story. There is some profanity in the story. Therefore, it is not recommended for children.
The US Navy Seal
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