Review

PUBLICATION DATE:  JULY 1, 2011

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hen the satellite Angel-12 is shot down to earth, there is a race to recover it. The Chinese, the Russians and the Americans all want to get there first to recover the technology. When evil forces target the family of a Spec Ops soldier, the mission becomes personal to the American team sent in to retrieve the Fallen Angel and the captive soldiers. Fallen Angel was written by Major Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky.

Like a bullet from an AK-47, this story takes off with a bang. The chapters are broken up into easily digested portions, which moves the plot along nicely. There is no time to be bored, or to even decide if military action novels are really your thing. Struecker and Gansky waste not a page with needless emotions. Each page is plot, and no words are squandered. Most of the characters are believable, and they keep with the lingo and spirit of the military, thanks to Major Struecker’s background. There is one character that borders on a caricature, but I guess I can forgive them that.

This book is not for the faint of heart. Abduction scenes were appropriately traumatic, and the military gore was just the right amount. If you have a hard time reading about such things, do not fear. The chapter snippets are so short, that you won’t be subjected to the horrors for long. They did not shy away from the harsh truth of battle, nor did they linger gratuitously. I recommend this book whether or not you are into military action novels.