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Marine Force One [Mass Market Paperback]

David Alexander
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Jan. 23 2002 Marine Force One
Dispatched on a recon mission, America's most elite force of soldiers-Marine Force One-discovers North Korea's plans to use chemical weapons against the South. But before they can report their findings, the team is ambushed-and the survivors must take out the weapons on their own.

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David Alexander is the author of Shadow Down and Special Ops.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Marine Force 1 lacks the full force! Dec 29 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have not read a David Alexander novel in a very long time, and reading this 1st novel of this series reminded me why.
Now, don't get me wrong, Mr. Alexander is a very good writer and knows his stuff on weaponry and gadgets, but his downfall is characterization!
I didn't get to know anyone except the leader of the special forces unit named Saxon and a couple of the spetsnaz bad guys. And I didn't care much for any of them!!
The Russian soldier named Batalin was the most promoted here. I got to know what made him tick much more than the lead character here. Saxon was written as a dead-beat dad which seemed rather unsavory to me. No other member of this special team stood out or was introduced as anything other than a soldier.
This lack of depth made the book lackluster to me because when people died - I didn't care! There was no feeling here for any characters, none were really given much in the way of 'real-like people'.
C'mon Mr. Alexander - you have more knowledge of missiles and all the gadgets than you do your characters. This flaw made for a stiff read. The action and adventure was there and written quite well, but lacked the force of other writers in this field such as James V. Smith.
In my estimation, Mr. Smith's FORCE RECON series is far superior in both of these areas that Mr. Alexander missed upon.
But I believe in 2nd chances. I still think that the other novels in this series could perhaps be better.
Who know? But I'll let you know!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Marine Force 1 lacks the full force! Dec 29 2002
By Mace & Lacey Gannon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have not read a David Alexander novel in a very long time, and reading this 1st novel of this series reminded me why.
Now, don't get me wrong, Mr. Alexander is a very good writer and knows his stuff on weaponry and gadgets, but his downfall is characterization!
I didn't get to know anyone except the leader of the special forces unit named Saxon and a couple of the spetsnaz bad guys. And I didn't care much for any of them!!
The Russian soldier named Batalin was the most promoted here. I got to know what made him tick much more than the lead character here. Saxon was written as a dead-beat dad which seemed rather unsavory to me. No other member of this special team stood out or was introduced as anything other than a soldier.
This lack of depth made the book lackluster to me because when people died - I didn't care! There was no feeling here for any characters, none were really given much in the way of 'real-like people'.
C'mon Mr. Alexander - you have more knowledge of missiles and all the gadgets than you do your characters. This flaw made for a stiff read. The action and adventure was there and written quite well, but lacked the force of other writers in this field such as James V. Smith.
In my estimation, Mr. Smith's FORCE RECON series is far superior in both of these areas that Mr. Alexander missed upon.
But I believe in 2nd chances. I still think that the other novels in this series could perhaps be better.
Who know? But I'll let you know!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Author needs to research before writing Jan. 21 2013
By Joseph Hower - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Being a Marine I am always looking for a great story about the Corps. But the major and minor mistakes with this story became a constant distraction for me. From the mistaken initial assertion that the Corps does not already have a special forces unit (What about Force Recon and Scout Snipers?) to the use of the Army's affirmation shout (Hoo-aah!) instead of the Marine Corps "Oo-Rah", small mistakes regarding the Corps abound in the story. At times the author uses one or two paragraphs to describe weeks or months worth of back story instead of taking the opportunity to write the story line giving the reader the sense that they were looking at an outline for a novel, rather than the fleshed-out story itself. The three books in this series were cheap and caught me at a time when I needed some reading material, so I read all three hoping for improvement, but it never really came to pass.
3.0 out of 5 stars Marine Force One Dec 20 2012
By Marty D - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great concept but the story tended to drag and became predictable. I've read both books of the series and I'm looking forward to more.
2.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better Sept. 21 2012
By J. T. Hoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had difficulty keeping an interest in the novel. Some novels hold my interest so tightly, that, I read and eat lunch and supper at the same time. This novel was not in that category.
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