Review

PUBLICATION DATE: APRIL 24, 2012

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uthor Steve Wilson has created a new series of novels with a strong male character, Lieutenant Michael Neill. In Red Sky at Morning, the first book in the series, Neill is a logical choice for an assignment to the Ukraine to verify nuclear disarmament in the former Soviet Union.  He speaks the language as well as a native and has a strong friendship with Ukrainian officer, Colonel Andrei Ulyanov, which may aid in the quest to accomplish his mission.  As a military member he is valuable to the United States government due to his expertise. He is also given an additional secret mission by the National Security Advisor who wants to know what is really going on in Russia.

There is a building plot going on that is about to endanger many people. An ‘old enemy’ is new again and could present a great danger to the world. This thread that runs through the book is intense and simply excellent.

The character of Michael Neill is multi-faceted. The refreshing aspect of the man is that he is a Christian with strong convictions which gives a certain challenge for the writer to keep the story believable, interesting and present the man as strong, magnetic personality. A military member himself, Wilson pulls this off with a plot that moves smoothly from start to finish. The character is an honorable Marine, intelligent and attractive. Women find him interesting which created a few sparks in this book. A romance could be feasible in a future Michael Neill Adventure.

The story moves forward with a building intensity. I enjoyed this book as there were interesting facts about the area where Lt. Neill was deployed. These kinds of books always teach me something. Author Steve Wilson has been deployed to several areas around the world and has visited the former Soviet Union several times which gives him experience and insight into the characters and areas he writes about. This makes the scenarios more realistic in my opinion. I think any teen to mature reader would enjoy this series. It reminded me of a Tom Clancy book that was short enough to be read in a fair amount of time. I love Clancy but it takes commitment to read such long books. Wilson’s book provides a great read without being bogged down in pages of military, character or regional backstory.  Another factor that I appreciate is Wilson is a writer who is able to pull off a manuscript with action, adventure, tough men, plus life and death situations and does so without using crude language. He has also left plenty of leeway to further develop the character of Lt. Neill and carry him through many more adventures.