Monday, 18 March 2013

Seal Team 666 by Weston Ochse Review

Written By Weston Ochse

Genre
Action, Horror, Military

Synopsis

Halfway through SEAL training, promising cadet Jack Walker is whisked away to join a special ops mission: SEAL Team 666. 

Battling demons, possessed humans, mass-murdering cults, and evil in its most dark and ancient form, SEAL Team 666 has their work cut out for them, and its not long before Walker finds himself at the centre of a supernatural conflict with the entire world at stake.
 
Review

The synopsis for this really had me intrigued.  I've always been a fan of the supernatural and the paranormal but also a fan of military based stories so this one sounded right up my street.
Did this book deliver on that promise?  Hell yes it did!

What we have here is a massively exciting and fast paced story that really flies along at a cracking pace.  In fact, I would even say it doesn't even give the reader a chance to breathe, instead it makes them turn page after page to see what is going to happen next.
The story itself comes across as an extended 'X-Files' episode but if it was written by someone like Chris Ryan or Tom Clancy.  I mean that as a massive compliment because it takes the best elements of each style and really makes them it's own.
Character wise, this book really raises the quality level.  Normally in these kinds of books, the characters are just cannon fodder for the battle scenes or just stock, cliched characters but not here.  Ochse takes the time to give each character, no matter how minor, a distinct personality and voice.  You end up really getting involved in their pasts and what is about to happen to them as they take on various supernatural threats around the world.
One of the main points of this book that I really liked was the descriptions of the various creatures that they have the battles with.  They really came alive and created such vivid images in the readers head that you couldn't stop thinking about them after the book ended.
The only problem I had with this book was that after Ochse had finished describing the weapons and various gadgets, it reverted to using initials.  For the most part that was fine but there were a couple of moments in the book where the I was bombarded with so many initials that it got a bit confusing as to what was going on in that particular battle but with the rest of the book at such a high quality, that's a minor complaint.

If you are a fan of military fiction then you would definitely love this one.  If you are a fan of television shows such as 'The X-Files' then you would definitely love this one too.  In fact, it's already been optioned for a movie so I'll be keeping my eyes out for that one.

Well worth picking up.

Story 4/5
Characters 4/5
Recommended 4/5
Overall 12/15

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