Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Crocker of SEAL Team Six's Black Cell is in Las Vegas after conducting a training exercise in the desert with new members of the team. Read more...
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Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Crocker of SEAL Team Six's Black Cell is in Las Vegas after conducting a training exercise in the desert with new members of the team. Lounging by the pool at Caesar's Palace, he witnesses an argument between hotel security guards and three Asian men in corporate attire that quickly turns physical. Giving chase, he soon corners the businessmen, who claim to be Chinese diplomats under the protection of diplomatic immunity. Except the men don't respond when the head of hotel security--Crocker's old friend--addresses them in Mandarin.
That night, someone hacks into the Nevada Power Company system, and Las Vegas goes completely dark. The businessmen set their hotel suite on fire and escape amidst the chaos. At the same time, James Dawkins, a brilliant scientist with top-secret clearance, disappears from a conference in Geneva and wakes to find himself in a North Korean bunker with instructions to solve an engineering problem that will enable North Korea to launch nuclear attacks on its enemies worldwide.
Chasing a trail of evidence that takes them from U.S. soil to international waters to China and North Korea, Crocker and the rest of SEAL Team Six find themselves in the middle of an international plot with dangerous geopolitical ramifications. The North Korean government will stop at nothing to realize its long-held nuclear ambitions--but it'll have to get through some of America's most highly trained warriors first.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-03-07
- Reviewer: Staff
In Mann and Pezzullo’s intermittently exciting sixth SEAL Team Six thriller (after 2015’s Hunt the Fox), Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Michael Crocker sets out to rescue James Ryan Dawkins, an aerospace engineer kidnapped and forced to develop a North Korean long-range ICBM capable of striking the United States. Crocker must also track a source of near-perfect counterfeit U.S. currency. Insider jargon and an alphabet soup of SIGs, AKs, NVGs, and SDVs bring the military aspects ably to life, but off-mission scenes ring flat. The authors highlight the brutality of the North Korean government, though the titular villain, “Honored General” Chou Jang Hee, is barely a presence. Crocker’s globe-trotting investigation of state-sponsored counterfeiting feels like make-work before the final mission unfolds. It’s only when the rescue goes wrong, as rescues will, and Crocker and his surviving team must avoid dangerous North Korean forces as they make their way toward the border that the novel becomes consistently gripping. Agent: Heather Mitchell, Gelfman Schneider Literary. (May)