Reviews: Hunt the Falcon

I am generally not a big fan of fiction books, especially those related to the special ops/intelligence community. Having served 28 years in the CIAHunttheFalcon Counterterrorist and Security Centers, plus another 10 years in law enforcement and in the U. S. Navy, I find most of the novels in this particular genre wildly inaccurate and extremely silly (Tom Clancy being the exception). I usually close them up after the first chapter or two, never to pick them up again. This was not the case, however, after reading Hunt the Falcon, by Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo. The latest in the SEAL Team Six series, Hunt the Falcon turned out to be an excellent read from beginning to end. This fast paced book provides a riveting and accurate description of how special operations units actually conduct counterterrorist operations in the field. As a former member of SEAL Team Six, Don Mann certainly possesses the expertise and experience to speak with an authoritative voice when discussing clandestine naval special operations, and this fact is clearly evident in his writing. Don’s description of tactics and weaponry typically used in the spec-ops community is spot-on, which sets his book apart from most other novels in this particular genre. If you are interested in reading a suspenseful, action filled novel written by the “real deal” instead of some amateur wanna-be, pick up this book, or any of those in the SEAL Team Six series. I am currently reading Hunt the Scorpion, book two in the series, and can attest that this novel is a real page turner as well. Anyone who is interested in reading a riveting story from a professional SPEC-OPS warrior would do well to pick up this book, or any of Don Mann’s books, including his non-fiction work, Inside SEAL Team Six.

– James Blount, Central Intelligence Agency

 

Bang. A shoot’em-up novel contemporaneous with world politics. 

Thomas Crocker is a red-blooded, patriotic warrior and leader of the fabled SEAL Team Six. His five team members cover the spectrum of American society, and all are tough, battle-hardened and ready for action at a moment’s notice. That notice begins in Bangkok as a young autistic boy is left an orphan when a bomb is attached to his parents’ car by a passing motorcycle rider. The attack is duplicated toward American targets in other foreign cities, and we are off on a global chase for the very bad guys. Mann and Pezzullo (Seal Team Six: Hunt the Scorpion, 2013, etc.) bring it on fast and heavy. They put the reader in the center of the action—the smells, sounds, savagery of war. (Note that author Mann is a former SEAL.) This war against terrorism targets an Iranian government–sanctioned cadre called Unit 5000 that intends to do serious damage on American soil. To stop them, Crocker and his SEALs work with the CIA and move quickly from Afghanistan to Thailand to Venezuela, ending in Ahvaz, Iran, running through the bad guys’ offices. The SEALs are efficient and deadly, scarred physically and mentally from their work. And it is work, plain and simple, for the warriors they are trained to be, leaving their families to fend for themselves within the secrecy each man must maintain. Mann and Pezzullo can write action and place, politics and patriotism, but the novel feels like it is stitched together, a travelogue of violence. The characters are not fully formed but remain snapshots of what we envision a Navy SEAL to be in the flesh. Retribution drives Crocker as much as duty and patriotic zeal, and when the good guys win, they end with a sentimental moment with the autistic orphan the book began with. Like a good SEAL mission, the circle is completed.

Action is the purpose here and Mann and Pezzullo deliver. Those looking for something more could be dissatisfied.

Kirkus Review

Felt the Adrenaline

by  Stew Smith, Former Navy SEAL, Fitness author

Former ST-6 Frogman Don Mann is not only a career accomplished Navy SEAL operator but he has turned into a prolific writer and motivational speaker comparable to no other.  His series of new Navy SEAL thriller novels are etched with his personal experiences combined with an exciting fictional tale (that could actually happen!).  I felt the adrenaline just reading the first few pages of Hunt the Wolf, Hunt the Scorpion and Hunt the Jackal.  Very exciting reads.

Real Deal Elite Special Ops Thrillers

by Commander Mark Divine, author, The Way of the SEALUnbeatable Mind and 8 Weeks to SEALFIT.

SEAL Team Six: Hunt series of new books by my teammate Don Mann are a must read by anyone who enjoys real deal elite special ops thrillers. Don’s insights, tactical know-how and technical expertise, drawn from his many years as a SEAL 6 and “OGA” operator in murky corners of the globe, are unparalleled. His rough and ready SEAL edge is only smoothed by co-writer Ralph Pezzullo to allow for mass-market appeal! 

High Tech Toys Deployed

by Gary Wolf

I just finished reading your book “Hunt the Falcon”. You have now reached the high level of a great storyteller.  That was one of the best books I ever read. Your boy Crocker went through everything.  The descriptions in different parts of his ordeals made me wince several times. I don’t do that.

I especially appreciated the mention of the high tech toys deployed. I think you have a great future as a writer. Not that you are not busy with a half dozen other things as well as your current job. I wish you well my friend. 

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A riveting story by a 20-year SEAL

by Jimmy C. Blount

I am generally not a big fan of fiction books, especially those related to the special ops/intelligence community. Having served 28 years in the CIA Counterterrorist and Security Centers, plus another 10 years in law enforcement and in the U. S. Navy, I find most of the novels in this particular genre wildly inaccurate and extremely silly (Tom Clancy being the exception). I usually close them up after the first chapter or two, never to pick them up again. This was not the case, however, after reading Hunt the Falcon, by Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo. The latest in the SEAL Team Six series, Hunt the Falcon turned out to be an excellent read from beginning to end. This fast paced book provides a riveting and accurate description of how special operations units actually conduct counterterrorist operations in the field. As a former member of SEAL Team Six, Don Mann certainly possesses the expertise and experience to speak with an authoritative voice when discussing clandestine naval special operations, and this fact is clearly evident in his writing. Don’s description of tactics and weaponry typically used in the spec-ops community is spot-on, which sets his book apart from most other novels in this particular genre. If you are interested in reading a suspenseful, action filled novel written by the “real deal” instead of some amateur wanna-be, pick up this book, or any of those in the SEAL Team Six series. I am currently reading Hunt the Scorpion, which I believe is book two in the series, and can attest that this novel is a real page turner as well. Anyone who is interested in reading a riveting story from a professional sec-ops warrior would do well to pick up this book, or any of Don Mann’s books, including his non-fiction work, Inside SEAL Team Six.

An entertaining read

by Charlie

This is the third in the series and picks up shortly after the second book. At times I thought it wasn’t quite moving along but then things happen and it’s in gear. There’s some pretty harrowing torture and SERE that’s no doubt based on his personal experience as he was captured twice in his career.

I like reading stories by guys that have BTDT. Some cool tech stuff laced in that may or may not be fiction and just some incredibly daring action.

Surprisingly Crocker seems to get the shit kicked out of him a lot in this one but the guy does not stop, very driven.The retired badasses have a much more believable scenario and operational details that don’t have me screaming B.S. during the read.

The hunt spans several countries as it progresses and ends a little cliche after the op but all in all worth it.

Just good entertainment.

Action-packed

by WMK

This is a great book – it is full of action, and suspense. It is also interesting to read how these warriors adjust to home and family life in between missions. I really liked the full circle theme in the book; the ending was great. There were also some spots that made me laugh; the practical joke with the scale was pretty funny!!

Hats off to the men and women like Croker and his team.

Mr. T 

by Chris

Great story, great flow. Enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to anyone. What’s next in the series? Wonderful.

Lovely Gift

by Amazon_Lover

I bought this as a gift for my dad. He has read all of Don Mann’s other books. He is retired military and he seems to really enjoy reading this series.

Hunt the Falcon review 

by Gary Wolf

This book is by far and away Don Mann’s best book on the continuing adventures of Tom Crocker. This time

the battle, torture and tactics were brilliantly described. Not one to wince, I did in the torture of Crocker.

I especially appreciated the mention of high tech toys deployed by the team, which had been the

domain of Tom Clancy. I wonder if this book was made into a movie, who would by cast as Crocker?

Don’t let Crocker retire and become a security consultant too soon. Keep them coming.

Fast-paced nail-biter

by Dean Rolfe

A great read for anyone interested in SpecOps fiction…especially the infamous Navy SEALs. I highly recommended all of Don Mann’s books.

Predictable but a good read

by Carl Braun

I’ve read all of the Don Mann books. He uses much of his own personal experiences in the stories. Consequently if you read “Inside Seal Team Six”, you’ve already read a good chunk of each story. One thing you don’t have to worry about is him miss using military lingo, mixing up rank or using equipment or tactics that SEALs just don’t use (like other SEAL book authors.)

All in all good stuff and I would buy his next book.

Latest SEAL Team Six Installment Delivers

by JP

Once again, Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo bring us an action-packed adventure featuring Thomas Crocker and the usual suspects. This time the story takes us to unexpected corners of the world as SEAL Team Six works to track down an Iranian cell that is orchestrating attacks on American diplomats while working to launch major terrorist strikes inside the United States.

Those who have read the first 2 editions of the SEAL Team Six thrillers and have become accustomed to the action, suspense, and timely tales that Mann and Pezzullo have brought us will not be disappointed. The third SEAL Team Six book follows in that tradition and continues to reveal insights into the secret world in which brave warriors race across the globe to diffuse and dismantle the latest threat to America. This novel accurately reflects the changed nature of the terrorist threat and is a timely read for anyone interested in national security issues.

My First Time

by Ken C.

This is the first Seal Team Six novel I have read, and I did find it entertaining. It is a fact that brave men and women sacrifice for their country, but I can’t be sure that this is really their story. The novel has good guy written all over it, but its main character, Thomas Crocker, has little respect for laws that are supposed to guide him, and he ignores his family to the point that his wife is seriously mentally ill. Rather than brave, he comes across as selfish, putting his own desires first at the expense of everyone else. That he survives every battle indicates that reality does not prevail, but perhaps Hollywood might come calling. My guess is that the real life of Seal Team Six has lots in common with this novel, but isn’t nearly as glamorous.

Awesome book!

by Stuart K.

A totally awesome fast paced book! A real page-turner that I read in two days! You must read this book!

 

Hunt the Falcon
by Krissy Malott
Hunt the Falcon is the third book in the Seal Team Six series and right off the bat Don has done a miraculous job constructing an emotional wrecking ball of a story. Its fly by the seat of your pants, mind numbing excitement mixed with realistic accuracy, and along with all the bat sh*t crazy thrill ride action there is a deeper undertone of emotion brought in that really connects the reader personally to the characters as they fight their way through yet another entourage of bad guys.
I love the way Don Mann writes his stories so well and with such great detail. I can honestly say that he is one of the best.

A good read
By B. Butler “Very Organized”
Fast paced, full of action. I hope it is a lot of fantasy otherwise we really live in a scary world!

These men are amazing!
By Beverly
Simply put: these men are amazing!

Five Stars
By William L. Daniel
great read

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