4 out of 4 stars
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Top-secret assignments, political corruption, foreign powers trying to sabotage U.S. interest : this is the setting of Dan E. Hendrickson's, The Commander .
Lieutenant Commander Jacob Edwards has been part of a confidential team within the United States Cost Guard tasked with cracking down on smugglers and pirates in the Caribbean. He is excellent at his job, being both quick thinking and courageous. These qualities grant him promotions and honors generally reserved for men much further along in their military careers - but with these promotions comes greater responsibility and, more importantly, greater danger and more powerful enemies. Foreign crime lords launch an operation of deception, entrapment, and murder with the aim of shutting down U.S. oil production in order to control the industry. Although ruthlessly and meticulously planned out, their scheme did not account for one major stumbling block : Commander Jacob Edwards. But internal problems both in Edward's crew and the military's big brass threaten to stop the Commander even before he has begun. Can he overcome all the obstacles and stop the saboteurs before it's too late?
The Commander kicks off with action right from the start. A few times the reader is lulled into a false sense of security, but that is when they turn the page and the author throws a proverbial bomb. Hendrickson writes his characters so the reader instantly feels a connection with them, whether it be admiration, apprehension, or hatred. He masters the art of following multiple characters sharing the same timeline without confusing the reader. The entire book propels you to the next page, to the next chapter, flowing swiftly and logically. Even action sequences are written naturally to the point that the reader feels they are not seeing words but rather seeing the movements. Credit also is due to the author for the technical and military language used throughout, as the words and phrases are specifically chosen to not be overly scientific, therefor not causing confusion for the reader.
I found the book to be extremely enjoyable, as it is a fast-paced read with excitement and even comedic elements. I very much appreciated the banter between Jacob Edwards and his best friend Chuck Yeager, as it was witty and familiar, and even featured a reference to Peter Sellars's unforgettable character Inspector Clouseau.
I highly recommend this book to those who share my own interest in military, crime, thriller, or espionage books, as this one has it all. I do feel I should warn readers that because it is a military book, there will be profane language typical to the genre, but in this case I would not rate it severe. Also to be noted for readers under 18 that there are sexual instances, although none are explicit.
I rate this book a 4 out of 4 , as I found the book to be well written, highly enjoyable, and containing only a few editing errors.
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