Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) by Lynn Hallbrooks and David McKoy
Those of you that follow this blog regularly are probably familiar with Lynn Hallbrooks who comments here often. I am happy to say that I finally got a chance to check out her book and see what it is about. Generally, I am not one to read political intrigue, but I’m glad to have made the exception this time. It was well worth it. For those of you who are into the genre or willing to take a look, you may want to consider this novel. My review of it is posted below. It should be showing up sometime soon on Amazon as soon as the filter people there get done eating their donuts and drinking their coffee so they can approve it.
In “Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning)” the recent history and near future of our country have taken a different path than the one we know and expect. It starts off with a team of ex-military covert agents working for the CIA being called upon to conduct a sensitive mission from Iraq into Iran. They understand it to be dangerous, but what they don’t realize is the threats they face will come from unexpected places. Though they carry out their mission as ordered, nothing goes right from there on out. Before long they are on the run for their lives and can no longer count on the support they normally have. The US government has become corrupt from within. The current elected president is taken out of the picture and a fraudulent Vice President takes his place. Even getting back into the United States takes becomes an obstacle as everything they have ever loved about their country seems to be falling apart.
It only becomes worse after they finally arrive home. Those people still loyal to the constitution and American way of life depend on this now civilianized team to aid them in protecting the US and its interests. They will begin to realize the corruption within the government goes far deeper than ever thought possible. Yet while facing ever-growing difficulties in doing what they believe is right, they will also gain allies and friends that prove they are not alone in their quest. The battle for survival is difficult and will test the team members ability to adapt and overcome, but they keep faith that somehow they can save America from the dangerous path its political leaders have taken it. Regardless, nothing will ever be quite the same again.
This book was written with a particular audience in mind. I do not rate stories on whether I agree or disagree with the politics in them, as my mind is rather open, but I do feel fair warning should be given. This is a novel best read by military, veterans, military and gun enthusiasts, Republicans and/or conservatives. I would tell those that are of a more liberal mindset that this book is not for you, unless you have a very open mind. In addition to this, the story is very detail oriented with extensive depictions on weaponry and military equipment. There are those that might find this tedious while others will delight in it, depending on preference. It should be known to prospective readers that a glossary of terms is included in the back of the book for those who need it. The story is told in third person omniscient, which is the most suitable POV for the large number of main characters involved. Also be prepared that at over 190k words, it
is a long read, but don’t worry about it being dull at any point. I found it to maintain a good pace.
Call Sign: Wrecking Crew (Storm Warning) is a suspenseful and action packed novel that is certainly unforgettable. It takes a speculative look at today’s politics and puts an extreme spin on them that can be rather comical, but also very scary. In some ways it is a reminder that we can never be lulled into a false sense of security about our freedoms, as they could be taken away at any time if the wrong people get into power. If fictional stories like this intrigue you, I would highly recommend checking this novel out.