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Danger Close

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Well this book won't do anything good for the tourists to the Mexican border region. So much violence and evil.  I actually liked Breed and his band of brothers.  They stood up against evil.  Stein turned out better than expected. How truly sad that the bribes and trafficking were not a surprise.  I think more and more people expect that to be part of an open border. The story was a worst case of what is in the news daily. To call the book entertaining seems so wrong.  But I did find the story interesting.
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I received this arc for an honest review.
  You are grab into this story from the very beginning. Mark Lenson, informs Breed who is at home watching the news that their buddy and veteran from their old unit is dead, Dan Keller. He was actually murdered on his ranch. You find out the more you read that these men were a unit of Delta’s soldiers so how and why did was Dan murdered?
  After the funeral, they begin to look into his death more closely when two more deaths happen. From there you are just taken for a wild ride until you get to the end, but along the way, you have a story that will keep you turning the pages and not wanting you to stop until you find out what is going on. This book was an actual surprise for me at just how good the story and all of the characters were. I really liked everything about this book and is very much worth the read.
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My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Inkubator Books for the ARC.

Well, let's go straight into a description.   Breed and his ex-army friends from Delta Force, Mark Lensen and Bill Hancock meet up in Salem, West Texas, following the murder of their friend Dan Keller on his ranch The Lazy K.  Speculation as to why Keller was murdered in the middle of nowhere rested either him encountering illegals crossing the close-by border wall with Mexico, or that he was somehow involved in a drugs deal.  Of course his mates don't believe it and Breed is determined to investigate further.
We are taken into the world of drugs, trafficking and terrorism during Breed's somewhat hair-raising antics. 
There is quite a bit of action - some believable, some not so.  However, there were just too many deviations from the plot line that spoiled it for me. 
The constant detail given on guns, ammunition and sniper tactics and fieldcraft; the horrifically detailed account of a trafficked girl's experiences; the lawlessness of a Mexican border town, and constant references to the female form.

The ending I felt really descended into chaos with a female CIA agent morphing into something akin to Lara Croft!

Sorry, but there it is,
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There are things that are great about this book (most of the plot ideas) and things that make it not so great (way to detailed and some continuity issues). I think some with think this is a pretty good read and others will be annoyed so I'm going to leave it right in the  middle with three stars. 

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC to read for a an honest review.
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Netgalley kindly provided me with a copy of this book which I really enjoyed. We follow an ex-Delta Force Special Operative as he does his best to find out who murdered a member of his old unit, and the veteran's family.

Overall the book is well paced though in my opinion there are areas where there is a little too much description, though I understand why the book was written this way. The characters are compelling and I found the book difficult to put down.
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Ah, it's a no from me on this one. Rather than a fast actioned, adrenalin charged page turner, it felt at times more like dredging through treacle.  It read as 3 stories in one for me, one where the main character, was destined to put the wrongs of society right, one mission/trafficked girl at a time, to almost having every female character in the book at times described unnecessarily, in meaningless sexualised terms, relating to how her body looked under her blouse etc etc.  Then it spent way too long, on describing the inner workings of each and every gun in the book, which might be great for ex delta types but was OTT for me.  The plot felt contrived, disjointed. While I get that trafficking happens, combining that with another plot, where jihadi's infiltrate America, one of which happened to have a panache for beheading, did feel too simple and somewhat stereotypical of a view. The fact that this leader of a Iranian uber secret organisation would also be pratting about the Mexican/ American border, was never really explained or justified.  If you were a Reacher fan, expecting a similar experience, then you would imo be disappointed .
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This is an entertaining book, despite several things that make no sense, and despite the unnecessary descriptions, like detailed instructions on how to open a normal door or put on clothes.
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My Thoughts: this story takes you on one hell of a ride, let me tell you! – action packed from the first chapter, it just totally draws you in and is easy to get lost in!

We follow Breed, who is an ex Military sniper, his friend and colleague had just been found in his ranch, dead and beheaded! – nothing like a serious murder to start a book with 😂.

Breed is determined to find out what happened and after speaking to the law enforcement and the family of the victim he soon realises that although, they’re doing their best they’re looking in the wrong places! – so with the help of 2 more people from their old Military team, he sets off on his own to work it out for himself.

There are so many layers to this story that I thought I’d get confused but it was actually pretty easy to follow, and goes a lot deeper than you expect! – trigger warnings for abuse, drug use, violence and trafficking of young girls.

I was totally invested in Breed and his mates! – they were there for each other no questions asked and ready to lay their lives on the line to see justice done for their dead friend.

The only reason I knocked half a star off was because sometimes the description of the weapons, how to use them and other parts of the Military aspect were slightly confusing and hard to follow but that didn’t take away from the overall enjoyment of the book.

I will be looking out for the next instalment of the series and can’t wait to see what Breed gets up to next time!
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I absolutely love discovering new authors, particularly when those authors write books belonging to one of my favourite genres- the action/ thriller genre.  Cameron Curtis certainly ticks both of those aforementioned boxes.  What sealed the deal was the fact that his books are being compared to the Jack Reacher books by Lee Child (& Andrew Child) and I love that series so I had an inkling that I was going to love ‘Danger Close’.  I was absolutely spot on because I really enjoyed reading ‘Danger Close’ but more about that in a bit.
It didn’t take me long at all to get into this story.  In fact the synopsis was enough to hook my attention and the story within the covers of the book was the icing on the cake as the saying goes.  To say that ‘Danger Close’ became addictive reading is a massive understatement.  I would pick the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters but I would become so wrapped up in the story and carried along by the action packed scenes, that I would end up reading more like half a dozen chapters in one go.  I wasn’t able to read the book over the course of a single day because life got in the way but I managed to read it over the course of a couple of days.  This book stayed on my mind whether I had it in my hand or not.  If I wasn’t reading the story, I was thinking about the story.  I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough.  I found this book to be a gripping read, which kept my attention throughout and which kept me on the edge of my seat.
‘Danger Close’ is well written and a smashing introduction to a new series.  The author certainly knows how to pack the action into the story and then take you on one hell of a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster rides with more twists and turns than you would know what to do with.  This was one of those stories that got the adrenaline pumping, the heart racing and left you breathless.  That’s how I felt at any rate.  Just when you thought that you could take a minute to catch your breath, gather your thoughts and reclaimed your stomach contents, then off the action would go again.  There are a few graphic details about injuries suffered but they certainly didn’t put me off.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘Danger Close’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I will most definitely be reading more of Cameron’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
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I absolutely loved this book! It's a real page turned from beginning to end. The author clearly knows or has done significant knowledge of Special Forces procedures and in particular sniping. Lee Child & Stephen Leather watch out, Cameron Curtis is coming for you with Breed by his side!
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Very well developed characters and an extremely engaging story. Well thought out and very suspenseful story line that keeps the reader  guessing until the final twist! This is the book to read this year! Highly recommended!
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Really good, fast paced, and easy to read. Chapters just flow by. No lulls in the action. Very gritty and violent, which I personally like in a book. Excellent characters, great story. Definitely would recommend to any Reacher, Grey Man, or Orphan X fan!
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Ex-Delta Force Operator Breed learns that a close Delta friend has been killed –beheaded, and he rushes to El Paso, Texas to find out what happened.  Fellow ex-Deltas join him in finding justice for his dead comrade and his family, who have met the same fate.  This is an action-paced thriller which crisscrosses from El Paso to Juarez, Mexico.  This is the first in a series – cannot wait for the next book!
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New action hero, Breed (has a first name, but we don’t know it), comes to town and all sorts of people die. With his Delta background he sees things others miss, and he’s not about to let the bad guys (traffickers, smugglers, murderers, extremists) win.
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Breed has barely settled into his retirement from his time in the military, when he gets a call about his friend being killed.
The local sheriff doesn’t have a lot to go on, and what he does have doesn’t sit right with Breed.
To make matters worse his friend’s wife and young son meet the same messy end.
Breeds Intuition kicks in and he takes matters into his own hands, only he can’t do it on his own.

I liked that even half way through this book I couldn’t have guessed where it was going, I didn’t put it down needing to know what happens next as the story goes from investigative to a little more action packed.
The Delta brother’s relationship has a touch of banter and the CIA agent is kind of kick ass.
This book pretty much has a bit of everything from drug cartels, terrorism, gun fights and car chases.

My only possible criticism is that it can be a little over descriptive, I felt like it took you away from the story a little bit at times. I found myself skimming over the gun details quite often.
As possible trigger warnings it touches on child trafficking, some rape, a scene in a slaughter house and obviously killings. But nothing too overly descriptive on these parts.
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