Black Site (Delta Force #1) ★★★☆☆


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Title: Black Site
Series: Delta Force #1
Author: Dalton Fury
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Action/Adventure
Pages: 347
Words: 122K




Synopsis:

Kolt Raynor, code name Racer, was at the top of his game as a Delta Force Commander when one bad decision on a covert operation plunged him into the abyss. After being kicked out of Delta Force and the military completely, for three years he took odd jobs to get by and drank his life away. Then one day there was a knock at his crappy trailer door and he was offered the chance to get back into the game, but as a civilian. The job was very risky, as in not-come-back-alive risky, but it was worth it for Kolt to do it and do it well. He had three weeks to train and it wasn’t going to be a piece of cake. If he survived the training then he would be able to start the job.

After dropping in, making contact with his local guide, Raynor begins surveillance of the compound where a group of American soldiers are being held captive. They’re in captivity because they tried to rescue Raynor during his disastrous mission 3 years ago. Raynor breaks orders, infiltrates the compound, learns there is a huge operation underway by Al-Queda and exfiltrates with the vague info. His bosses refuse to act on the info and Raynor has to rely on a former Intel Spook gone native and the local guide to figure out what’s going on.

Turns out Al-Queda has found a Black Site where high value prisoners are being held. They wish to rescue the prisoners, destroy America’s credibility in the region and use it all as propaganda to demoralize the general American populace (with the help of the damnable propaganda machines known as the news outlets). Raynor warns the site, helps them survive the various attacks and makes his own way out of the country.

My Thoughts:

This was enjoyable but in a very ambivalent way. Raynor gets his team killed, regresses to an alcoholic, takes on a rescue mission and cleans himself up. There are no surprises as far as I was concerned and while the final goal of the Al-Queda terrorists remained a mystery up until it happened, I simply didn’t care to try to figure it out. I just rolled with it.

Honestly, this is just another military action/adventure story among a whole host of them. I haven’t read a lot in that particular genre so I can’t tell if this was better or worse, but in general, this was ok. I’ve got 3 more books by Dalton and nothing here persuaded me to not read them.

★★★☆☆

14 thoughts on “Black Site (Delta Force #1) ★★★☆☆

  1. “an amazing thriller….you won’t be able to put it down’ says the front cover. That too strong in your opinion?

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Way, way, WAY too strong.

      Blurbs lie. Period. I don’t read blurbs on covers anymore or the little promo sentences by other authors. They’re literary whores who are being paid to say certain things.

      But decent is about the limit of what I’d call this. nothing wrong with decent, as long as you expect that and nothing more 🙂

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  2. I guess ‘…decent; Lord Bookstooge’ doesn’t look enticing enough on the cover…

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  3. I agree, some blurbs tell big fat lies to get your money! If I see one more declaring ‘the new Harry Potter!’ I swear I might hurt someone…

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  4. It’s been a while since I’ve seen you pick up a military/action-adventure story. This one doesn’t sound that impressive though. Have you ever thought of revisiting those that you know you loved just to remind you what WAS a REALLY good book in this genre for you? 😛

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    • Bookstooge says:

      yeah, my reading HAS changed, that is for sure.

      I already re-read so much (I think over 25% of my reading is now re-reads?) that I am hesitant to add even more. It’s not a bad idea though, as it might get me to explore new authors out of just trying to NOT re-read 🙂

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  5. HCNewton says:

    “nothing here persuaded me to not read them.”

    On the one hand, faint praise. But still, sometimes that’s good enough, right?

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