Reviews: Hunt the Fox

KIRKUS Review:SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Fox

Author: Don Mann
Author: Ralph Pezzullo

Review Issue Date: April 15, 2015
Online Publish Date: April 2, 2015
Publisher: Mulholland Books/Little, Brown
Pages: 320
Price ( Hardcover ): $26.00
Price ( e-book ): $12.99
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-0-316-37748-5
ISBN ( e-book ): 978-0-316-37749-2
Category: Fiction

Dispatching SEAL Team 6’s Black Cell into anarchic Syria to secure a cache of sarin gas, Mann (Seal Team Six: Hunt the Falcon, 2013, etc.) shoots up another headline-inspired plot. Warrant Officer Thomas Crocker’s a good guy, hard used, always ready to stretch orders for a mission accomplished. Crocker is a familiar yet nuanced character, suffering from angst—combat losses, marriage implosion—while dispatching Shabiha terrorists, “paid assassins working for President Assad,” in Istanbul before he’s even taken a meeting with a CIA handler and Talab, a Syrian source. There, the team leader learns that Black Cell’s been ordered to retrieve a cache of sarin nerve gas stashed near Idlib, northern Syria. That means infiltrating through Assad’s Russian- and Iranian-supported forces. Then there are the war-torn areas controlled by a major player called the Fox, Mohammad Farhad al-Kazaz, an “active ISIS jihadist, considered highly intelligent, with a fervent following and global ambitions.” Black Cell members—SEALs “selected, in part, because their bodies produced an abnormal amount of an amino acid known as neuropeptide Y (NPY), which regulates blood pressure and also works as a natural tranquilizer”—dash through high-tension border checkpoints disguised as medics from Doctors Without Borders, detouring to treat incognito the Fox’s wounded son, fight running battles in country, smash-and-grab the sarin, only to have it stolen later from a Turkish military base. Technophile readers get much acronym look-up material—MEATS insertion, AS532 Cougar, PG-7VR rocket—before Black Cell disrupts a cruise ship hijacking led by a beautiful traitor wielding a Bottega Veneta crocodile shoulder bag, despite interference from dilly-dallying desk jockeys and an arrogant CIA chief who leads by yelling obscenities. But there’s no rest for Crocker and company—their high-value target must be nabbed off the streets of Paris. Cast Russell Crowe as Crocker for a cinematic thrill ride.


BLACKFIVE review of Hunt the Fox


Cutting Edge

by David O.

Your synopsis of Hunt the Fox makes the book seem to be right on the edge of the cultural/political horizon. Nicely done!

A page turner

by Bill P.

Another good book in a series. Keep them coming, Don.

The ending was kind of sad, but not unexpected

by Amazon Customer

This book was not as action packed as the others in the series. The ending was kind of sad, but not unexpected. I didn’t feel the emotions of the characters, as I did other books in the series. It was still a good read. Can’t wait for the next book about Seal Team Six.

SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Fox

by The Grand World of Books

This book brought home more than usual how bad it is to be an American in other parts of the world. Even on the ocean. How real the threat to us as Americans is, and possibly how real the threat to the whole world is.

And, more than that, how much goes on behind the scenes that normal people like us never hear about. The guys in the Seal Teams as depicted in this book, and in the rest of this series, really do a lot of terrifying, death defying things. And sometimes they can’t always laugh in the face of death, and things end very badly.

This book was intense. Very real feeling to me. I’ve said it before…these books feel like something straight off a news broadcast. Except that you go so much deeper. Into the nitty gritty, behind the scenes stuff that you DON’T hear about on the news when you hear about ISIS and sarin gas.

I am so glad that I have gotten a chance to read this book, even though it was intense and kind of scary. I feel like my world is bigger for it. And I am in awe of the men who inspired these books. Who do these things every day and get no public recognition because they can’t.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and I am never compensated for my reviews.

Four Stars

by Christian M. Willey

Very good series… my kind of story… gonna read every one of them.

Syria and Weapons of Mass Destruction – SEAL Team Six responds to the threat

by William D. Curnutt

First of all I would like to thank Net Galley and Mulholland Books for making a review copy of this book available to me in exchange for an honest review.

In this ongoing series of books about Seal Team Six and their missions we find the team facing a highly classified as well as a highly dangerous mission, well, what else is new for Seal Team Six.

Chief Warrant Officer Crocker and his team will be tasked with enter Syria in the height of the civil war there to infiltrate a Syrian Air Force Base and retrieve eight cans of Sarin Gas that if released could kill thousands of innocent people.

Not only will they face dangerous odds while traveling through Syria, but they will also face the danger of being betrayed by those tasked to help them and those that they believe have their best interest at heart.

Some of the betrayal may even be from their own government which doesn’t appear to always understand the operational hazards that they face and the split second decisions and changes that they need to make.

Crocker also will be faced with some medical challenges during the course of the operation that will push his medic skills to the edge. But like a true Navy Seal he will perform flawlessly and with great patience and kindness as well as with great warrior skills.

All of this on top of having lost a good friend and team member just a few short months ago. Also on top of having his wife threatening to leave him because she can’t take the pressure anymore of being married to a Navy Seal. She feels that he cares more about his team and the thrill of the action than he cares about her.

Don Mann does a great job of building the character traits of Crocker as well as helping us to understand his thinking and decision making processes. He will also give us a good tour of the mind set of a heroic warrior who does his best despite the odds and knowing that he will never receive any recognition for a job well done.

The action is good, the details of the operations are good, the threat is realistic to our world today and thus all of this adds up to a good read.


Can’t help but buy this series

by Dennis

Fast moving, no garbage, continued style. Couldn’t put it down.

Five Stars

by TX Artists

Very good book!


by Joseph

Very good & good authors

He tells it like it is and takes you “INSIDE” as much as…

by Amazon Customer

Don Mann is the REAL DEAL!!! He tells it like it is and takes you “INSIDE” as much as he is allowed to.

Five Stars

by Jdarb

Great book! Fast moving, great character development. I have read all of Don’s books.

Good read

by hawkman0423

Can’t wait for the next novel in this series.


by Walter

I’m picky about what I read in my personal time, but I’ve read every one of the books in this series and I can’t say enough good about them.

Great book

by Dave

Don Mann’s cross to fiction writing is just as compelling as his non-fiction writing. Teaming up with Ralph Pezzullo, together they are great storytellers.

Hunt the Fox was right up at the top with…

by Frank Ravaglia

Hunt the fox was right up at the top with the other seal team six series. Plenty of action. I can’t wait until the next one comes out.

A Must Read!

by C.J. Puhala

Written in the style of the great suspense/thriller authors of our day, e.g., Vince Flynn, (RIP), Brad Thor, Clancy, et al. Really appreciated the attention to technical detail. I felt as though I was accompanying the team in real time. I highly recommend this to all who appreciate the genre….

Please do read the other books in the series.

You will never look at the honor and sacrifice again so simply

by Thesesah

Hunt the Fox
by Don Mann
I have loved seeing Tom Crocker develop over the series; the reality that his job in the military has real and immediate cost is eye opening. Crocker is an awesome character, his heroic nature and dedication exemplify the nature of the Armed forces especially the SEAL team service. This book was another tick in the right direction to showing the humanity, and strength of the military ideology and bravo. I was drawn into the story of the three missions elaborated within the pages. I found myself struggling with Crocker through his loss of a close college in the last book. His difficulty in his marriage, and home life while he is drawn again out of country to save Americans and the world from some of the most difficult and deadly situations. The author’s use in the book of modern problems, radical groups, and violence to elaborate the problems that the government faces in protecting the American Public in this complicated and dynamic world. This series is one of the few you can place your hand on and say, see it’s not all fun and games. It will remind the public of the Sacrifice that the Military personal are asked to serve their country.

Five Stars

by Lee Woodard

I liked the series and will be looking forward to more books.

Couldn’t put it down

by JP

The civil war in Syria has created a dangerous scenario. A regime that has used, and is possibly still using, chemical weapons to remain in power has helped inspire the formation of a formidable terrorist foe in ISIS. American policymakers must somehow figure out how to remove a brutal dictator from power while also destroying a terrorist group that is active in neighboring Iraq, that continues to deal with its own internal sectarian strife that was set in motion by our ill-fated decision to invade in 2003. It is enough to make your head explode.

In the midst of this impossible conflict, Crocker and Seal Team Six are called on to recover missing canisters of sarin gas in Syria. The mission is extraordinarily risky and dangerous on its own, but what comes next will truly shock you and have you racing through Hunt the Fox until its over and you have to patiently wait for the next installment. The bottom line is, this thriller series is not only ripped from the headlines and exhilarating, but it provides a real insider’s look into how the most highly classified missions are conducted.

Another edge of your seat, instant classic

by Joel Ortiz

Great, just like the ones before it! Now I have to be patient and hope for another!

Action-packed read

by HornFan2

Thanks to, Mulholland books, Don Mann and Ralph Pezzullo.

I haven’t read the other books in the series but I do feel this one reads like a standalone and any reference to past books, doesn’t affect the storyline in this one.

Really like the writing in this one, Don and Ralph masterfully combined their writing and it doesn’t change, depending on who wrote what.

Really liked the Crocker character, like the tie-in to current events, the support cast around him, makes the story believable and bummed that Jared dies so early in this one.

Like the combined story-line with Crocker. Having just lost his best friend, the struggles with his wife, Holly, being married to a Navy Seal and feeling that he loves his team more than her.

You have betrayal, although you know who it is and not disappointed by knowing it. You get into the mind of Crocker through the writing, getting to understand his thought process regarding the split second decision making he makes, his mindset, deal with superiors and the lack of recognition from his heroic work.

This is a newer genre, I’ve started to read, really like it and like the fast pace reading style they have.

I try not to read books in the middle of series but I do hope that the author will make me want to read the rest of it and they do just that, with this one.

This is a wicked good read, it’s believable, realistic and my favorite read of 2015, so far.

Five Stars

by Joel Daniels

This is a great book.

Five Stars

by Stephen Defrancesco

Well written.

Don Mann captures what it’s really like to be a SEAL

by Amazon Customer

It was riviting. Don Mann captures what it’s really like to be a seal. I got so into the book I couldn’t put it down and read it in one day. But I’ve done that with all four of his books. I can’t wait for the next one.

Another Great Action-Packed SEAL Team Six Book

by Sally 912

Mr. Mann presents another spell-binding Seal Team Six book in “Hunt The Fox”.

Thomas Crocker, Chief Warrant Officer and his Black Cell team are sent to Syria to find eight canisters of sarin gas that is believed to be in a tunnel at the Abu-al-Duhur air base. All they had to do was get in, get the canisters and get out! It is not advisable for any American to be in Syria but especially since they are in the midst of a civil war. Crocker and his Black Cell team know if they don’t find and retrieve the canisters it will be used to kill thousands of people.

Loved this book! Although it is presented as a fiction story, it parallels a lot of truth in the happenings currently in the Middle East. Mr. Mann weaves and intricate story filled with danger, loss of comrades, birth of a baby as bullets are flying, operating on an ISIS leader, Al-Kazaz’ brother along with presenting a humanitarian side of the Black Cell Seal Team Six. The twists, turns and subplots kept me glued to this book until it was finished. At times it was a nail-biter! I can’t wait for the next one. I still feel this should be made into a mini-series for TV. This does have some language content.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Muholland Books, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Action and Bravery

by Monnie777

I received this book for my honest review. This was a great addition to the series. This book like all the others was action packed just like watching a movie. You can read this book as a stand alone but I would recommend reading the other books first. What Crocker and his team go through takes a heavy toll on their lives and the lives around them. It was sad to get to the ending of this book. I had hoped things would work out differently for Crocker.

Great action-packed read

by Cyn

I find each book in this series to be exciting as well written. The only problem I have with this series is putting the book down. The authors give you action, thrills and exciting tells of danger that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The authors give you a read that could have been taken out of today’s headlines. This is a very believable with characters you can relate to they are the true hero’s as they seek justice in this action pack series.

These character feel real, you care about them as they go through their mission which takes a toll on them and all those around them. They go in extract weapons of mass destruction as they fight for control as they are force to fight rebel groups. It is a very fast pace read that is full of action. The author writes in a style that you feel you are there with them. If you are looking for an outstanding military read this is the book for you.