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5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Reacher style action
on January 21, 2018
Great job. Marcus can really tell a story. Did not want to put it down.
Can’t wait to read the next Steve Rawlings book. Wishing my husband could read faster so I could start. 
5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense
on October 13, 2017
Loved this book, had to keep reading until the end because I so wanted to know how it played out. Great read, Great story, can’t wait for a movie to be made. Would be brilliant Now to order another book by the author.
 5 stars Great reading
on November 14, 2017
Easy read, great story, looking forward to more adventures of Steve Rawlings
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed adventure in debut novel!
on September 30, 2017
A good first novel in the action and adventure genre. The main character is not fully fleshed out thereby leading you to query the nature of this forgotten man. His confidence, skills, and manliness remind me of an earlier Jack Reacher. Easy enjoyable read with firearms expertise and a smattering of gruesome violence. Ready for book two.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read!
on January 5, 2018
The first work from this author that I had read. Since I have read all but one of his works. I could not help but to stay glued to the pages while waiting for the exciting details to come in the story. I highly recommend both of the authors series. The Forgotten Man/Ghost Operator and The Redemption Wall/Slave Tracks.
Another Marcus Miller Thriller!
on January 20, 2018
Here we meet Steve Rawlings, a drifter who has a very interesting past. He discovers a plot to destroy America’s security and, as only a Marcus Miller character can, sets about to take care of this grave danger. Another book I could not put down. Honestly, Marcus’ books have cost me a lot of sleep!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action story
on December 1, 2017

Picked up this book because I really liked the description. I tend to read mysteries and thrillers. The book lived up to the description. It is a really good story and was an easy read. The author is obviously very knowledgeable about his subject, particularly weapons. There are a lot of guns in here and a lot of graphic violence. This is not a book for the squeamish (I got a bit squeamish and had to step away). The language and violence are extreme so be warned.

The story is about Steve Rawlins and initially he’s a drifter and a bit of a mystery but eventually, it becomes clear he is far more than just a drifter. This dude is seriously skilled. I’m not going to give any spoilers but Steve sort of steps into someone else’s problem and feels he has to help.

I’ll just give you my pros and cons. I was caught up from the first few chapters and couldn’t put it down (except to fix meals and take potty breaks). I finished it in an afternoon.

Miller is a good storyteller. The action is steady but he used backstory for a couple of characters to slow it down. It doesn’t lessen the tension too much but they did run long at times.

One of the reasons I prefer reading male authors is because there is usually very little fluff. They just tell the story. They don’t get bogged down in the emotional drama and if there is a love story, it is usually relatively simple. There is a bit of love in this, in that Tom and Paula clearly care for one another but I did feel they weren’t as clearly defined as they could have been. Paula cooks a lot. Tom talks a lot but mostly about history. Still, they were likable people. They just weren’t quite real.

Miller mentions in his intro that any grammatical errors are his fault but there aren’t very many. I think he writes well. I am reading the Kindle version and errors seem to jump out at me more on that.

However, there is one major flaw – his use of exclamation points. They are everywhere. My journalism prof in college only allowed one and that was grudgingly allowed. Miller’s writing doesn’t need the emphasis. This is an exciting story and the words convey very well the stress, tension, and excitement. When Steve looks at something and states “It was a good setup.” It doesn’t need him shouting and jumping up and down. Which is what the exclamation point conveys. Take them all out.

The only other issue I had is probably just a personal preference. There is a prologue, although, I don’t think it is labeled as such, that’s what it is. It basically told me what was going on before the story dealt with it. This detracted from the story for me because I didn’t have to figure it out. It didn’t give me all the details but told me enough that I knew what was happening. As the story unfolded I kept wishing I had not read that opening. I prefer to discover the story. So, I’d suggest not doing that.

I’m giving it 4 stars because of the exclamation points issue and the prologue. I really liked the story but those two things just bugged me.