The Dawn’s Early Light by Lee Duffy (Military Thriller)
This book is a fast read that held my attention from the get-go. The plot is somewhat familiar — terrorists have taken control of a plane full of Americans and are holding them hostage. A U.S. counter-terrorist team made up of the military’s best deploys to save them.
What neither side knows is that Major Mike Elliot is onboard. He is an ex-Special Forces operative haunted by past mistakes that cost him his first family, and now his second wife is in danger and he cannot fail again. Not knowing what’s happening in the outside world, he is determined to give it his all, even though he will be up against four desperate and brutal terrorists.
Various named characters in assorted branches of the military, CIA, foreign service, White House, and more are introduced, with what, to me, was an overload of names, positions, and duties that begged for an organizational chart for quick reference. The point of view is everyone’s, so that we know what’s going on in the head of each character mentioned above, plus the terrorists’ boss, the CIA’s local informer, and the informer’s girlfriend, to name a few. I admit to some skimming now and then during the planning discussions about the Delta Force rescue, but could not put the book down once the action began. It is well written, and one can tell that the author knows his stuff when it comes to the military, security, and international relations in the Middle East.
This book is the first in a series of Mike Elliot thrillers.
Grandma gives The Dawn’s Early Light four stars.
Bella Reads and Reviews received a free copy from the author in return for an honest review.