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!