Well this book is very good. It started out a bit slower than usual, so I had a little difficulty in getting through the 1st 50 pages; actually, the 1st ten were excellent, the next 40-50 or so were a bit of a slog, but then when it starts, what a thrill ride.
I particularly enjoyed the logistics of setting up a highly trained, low tech (in some ways) unit on a budget; of course, Russian equipment was on the menu, cheap but effective.
This is a great THEME of John Ringo's (Ghost Series) and Tom Kratman's books, making war, pay for war. They are the ONLY ones exploring this idea, and it's a true pleasure to see it here; if You take some of the most experienced soldiers the world has ever seen, have them form a unit of their peers, which will create a unit of NCO's and Officers (only), with no inexperienced young lings to mess things up, this will be quite the unit to take on all enemies they will find.
I cannot wait for the 2 other books coming, seriously.I hope he does more than the other 2, there is so much that can be done with this premise, this highly professional & powerful military unit (esp. today).
I honestly think as well, that he could go further, and even off-shoot the series on a side-lane if he wanted,(i.e. a side series, maybe another author) by going Scifi with this, a la Posleen Scifi mixed in with today's technology: Not with the Posleen, but an accident or something moving the whole unit deployed for combat or training into another planet, world or time (like the series by John Birmingham in a alternate WW II).
I heartily recommend it, you will not be disappointed.
I have some spoilers below as well, and more info about my review of it...
Do Not Read if you do not wish to find out about some stuff
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The Theft of the Klepto-crats money was brilliant, and very realistic in how military force could accomplish it; it;s quite interesting that this subject does not crop up more in fiction, very curious indeed.
I mean, if 500 professional killers, err soldiers of fortune ask for something, who would (or could) say no ?
I mean, even a plot where a multi billionaire wa forced to give up many of his gains, would create an enormous war chest for an unscrupulous bunch no?
In this case, that does not apply, as the mercs are honorable , multi-nationality specialists, with no PC crapola to stop them, but you get the point.
The Point of capturing and re-using military equipment is another under-used concept; If you look at the history of the Israeli conflicts, they were absolute masters in re-using, and uplifting equipment for their armed forces; re-gunned T series tanks, Up-gunned Shermans (WW II tanks), re-usined WWII Half tracks, you name it, they used it.
I was particularly giddy when they captured, and will reuse even the wrecks of the T-55's; tanks are quite capable of being almost destroyed, patched up and re-used; look at the Afrika Korps in WW II and what they did to keep all the captured, demolished equipment they captured from 8th Army.