Sunday, July 6, 2014

SEAL TEAM SIX: Hunt the Jackal by Don Mann

SEAL TEAM SIX: Hunt the Jackal
Don Mann

            Seal Team Six: Hunt the Jackal is the fourth in Don Mann’s Seal Team series, but it is the first of his books that I have read. I have, however, read Seal Team Six novels written by another former SEAL. There are some similarities between the stories portrayed by both former SEALS, as well as some differences. After reading Hunt the Jackal, however, I feel like I have a better sense of which parts of the novels may accurately portray SEAL Team Six.

            In Mann’s latest Tom Crocker action/adventure thriller, the primary plot line involves the wife and daughter of a U.S. Senator who have been kidnapped by members of one of the Mexican drug cartels run by a man known as the Jackal. The recovery of the hostages falls to Crocker and his team. Although most of the novel deals with the kidnapping, we briefly follow Crocker’s team through an unrelated mission in Syria, and we also learn a bit about the personal lives of these SEALS.

            I am not, in general, an action thriller reader. However, I am fascinated by the SEALS and enjoy reading about them. We are so fortunate to have these amazing people working for us. I am grateful for, envious of, and curious about SEAL Team Six, and I gladly devour these novels.

            Mann wrote Seal Team Six: Hunt the Jackal with the help of Ralph Pezzullo, a New York Times bestselling author, and it shows. Although the book feels somewhat frenetic in its pace, it is a good read. It keeps the reader riveted and on the edge of her seat. I look forward to the next hunt by Crocker’s team.


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