Reviews: Hunt the Jackal

HunttheJackalHUNT THE JACKAL is an amazing, timely, and very accurate thriller. Mann and Pezzullo’s depiction of today’s world of transnational crime and U.S. clandestine operations are frightening, balanced, and on the mark. I literally couldn’t put it down.  

– Joel Vargas, Assistant Director of Law Enforcement, InterPort Police

At the start of Mann and Pezzullo’s exciting fourth SEAL Team Six thriller (after 2013’s Hunt the Falcon), thugs working for cartel boss Ivan Jouma (aka the Jackal) kidnap Lisa Clark, the wife of Jesse Abrams Clark, “the senior Republican senator from Virginia,” from a resort in Sedona, Ariz., along with her 17-year-old daughter, Olivia. When Warrant Officer Tom Crocker and the remnants of his team return from a botched mission to destroy a downed Predator drone in northwest Syria, they learn that their next job is to slip over the border into Mexico and rescue Lisa and Olivia. Ivan, who suffers from terminal hepatitis C, intends to appropriate Lisa’s liver to extend his life. The authors wisely keep backstory and personal problems to a minimum as Crocker and his men go about their dangerous business, which involves a boatload of Special Forces military action. 

Publishers Weekly: March 24, 2014

The fourth novel to feature SEAL Thomas Crocker on a hunt concerns the drug war in Mexico. With a failed mission in which several men were lost still haunting him, Crocker moves on to a new case: a senator’s wife and daughter have been abducted in Mexico, and it appears that, even if the ransom is paid, the captives are unlikely to be released unharmed. The pace is relentless, and the inside knowledge of how the SEALs operate again gives this series its appeal. The ending feels way too rushed, but that’s only a minor criticism. For action fans, Crocker continues to deliver. 

– Jeff Ayers, Booklist

Military Press reviews Hunt the Jackal: June 2015

Five Stars

By hawkman0423
Very easy read. Compelling!

I have read all of the other books by this …
By Joseph
I have read all of the other books by this person & I can not wait until he writes another one.

Solid Adventure
By Janet
Another solid SEAL Team 6 novel. I am thoroughly enjoying this excellently written series from Don Mann. He gives readers just enough of the technical to let us know he knows of what he writes. I found Hunt The Jackal to be fast paced and of course the members of SEAL Team 6 are such vibrant characters they carry the story off well. I am looking forward to a long series.
*I was lucky enough to request and receive my copy from in exchange for an honest review.

Rousing, Tough, and Poignant

In Hunt the Jackal, Crocker and the usual suspects are back at it as they work to rescue a Senator’s wife and daughter, who were kidnapped and being held in Mexico by the cartels. Sounds straight forward, except Black Cell must go against a lethal and twisted criminal mastermind with a SEAL-sized chip on his shoulder. The Jackal runs a far-reaching enterprise, that is well-funded, and motivated by his outsized ambition. So, now what? Hunt the Jackal will keep you guessing until the end as you fly through this rousing addition to the Seal Team Six thriller series.

A great good vs
Very entertaining book that I could not put down. A great good vs. evil story with a good rescue scene. A book most will enjoy.

Five Stars
By Angele Simpson
Could not put it down.

excellent fast read
By F. Terkoski
Fast paced and intense. Lots of action and realistic events and situations. I read this book in two days, really good.

Very fast pace and realistic read
By Cyn
I found this to be a very fast pace, action-packed and realistic read. The story is filled with politics, drug wars, unethical US policies and danger with everything pointing to greed, truth and trust.

While in Serbia on a mission Captain Crooker loses a few of his men. Due to his choices which at the time he thought was the best and safest place for them they died. Ritchie was due to be married in a few weeks. Crooker felt the guilty and felt he made a bad choice and his friend lost his life. I would have to agree with Captain Crooker I would have thought that was the safest place for him as well. I do understand why Crooker felt the guilt.

I felt this book was very realistic, it does help that one of the author’s was in a SEAL Team Six himself and the others father Foreign Service of the State Department. I feel that the author knows what he is talking about and most likely lived through a lot of what he writes. This book is written more on one soldier’s point of view which gives it a more real feeling. The author gives you real insight to the humor, the BSing that macho men give each other but still keeps in the guidelines of what a military personal deal with, honor, team work, along with heroic deeds of brave men that make our military what they are today, and above all else never leave a man behind.

When Crooker found out that the Senator’s family was kidnapped (Senator who was a former Seal team six member and someone who helped Ritchie). Crooker felt this was one way he could give back to Richie and his memory.

This is one book that moves fast and will keep you on the edge of your seat. I truly enjoy this book and look forward to reading more from this author.

Five Stars
By Big Sid
Great reading this adventure.

Go Navy Seals
By James H. Mayne
I was impressed with the book and would like to think the Navy Seals are as good as they are in book. 

I’m addicted!
By Joel Ortiz
I’ve read all of the books in this series,and this one was NO let down. Awesome from begining to end. And very “ripped from the headlines” this series is like crack, CWO Mann, I hope you’re working on another one!

By Schuyler T Wallace “Writer, traveler, retire…
There was a time I was a voracious reader of war novels. Then, for some obscure reason, I drifted into other genres and lost my interest. But I’m glad I read “Seal Team Six: Hunt the Jackal.” The excitement returned, the interest in weaponry and its evolution returned, and heroic deeds of brave men once again seemed energizing.

I thank the authors for reviving my interest. Don Mann, the ex-Seal, and Ralph Pezzullo, the writer, have combined their talents into a well conceived and fast paced adventure of the military operations conducted by our super sailors, the members of Seal Team Six. I suspect that Mann has many magnificent stories to relate, some of which might prompt Pezzullo to urge for a little restraint, but the overall team effort is exciting and informative with just enough credible heroics to keep the story moving.

This is not the usual war story in that the operations are conducted against the Mexican drug scene. However, cartels operate like small armies with highly trained and vicious “soldiers” using modern weapons with explosive firepower. There are also more clandestine operations giving the story a personal flavor as compared to the large scale troop conflicts. In the case of this book, where a Seal team is utilized to rescue a United States Senator’s wife and daughter from drug cartel kidnappers, the operations are very much the same as those used in what we might consider normal warfare with a smaller cast.

The operations are realistic, the dialogue is what we’d expect from a group of macho tough guys, the sentimental thoughts and tender moments are memorable and appropriate, and a sense of patriotism is invoked in the midst of the violence and murder our heroes encounter. The pace is swift and the excitement never wanes. My only negative thought throughout the book concerned the repeated name-dropping of celebrities. I’m not sure what the idea was but there was too much of that. Otherwise, I really enjoyed the trip.

Apparently the authors have created a series of these Seal Team Six missions. I intend to explore them and, based on this particular effort, would recommend the entire series for lovers of this type of adventure.

Four Stars
By Amazon Customer
Don Mann always delivers!

Five Stars
By jcamplin
Excellent read!

By Monnie777
I received this book from Net Galley for my opinion on this book. This book was written differently then the 3 previously books. The 3 other books were written in only Tom Crocker’s perspective but this book was written with several different people’s perspective. It was interesting to see things from different perspectives and to see what other people were doing at a certain time and which we wouldn’t normally know what was going on in their head. This was a sad book to start off with and ended sad. There was a lot of action in this book just not as much as compared to the other books. I didn’t like Lisa and could have done with hearing her point of view. I still read through this book quickly and was entertained through out the book. There was more of a background story to this one compared to the others with the different views in the story. The book still flowed really well and the action was high. I do hope there are more books about Tom Crocker and his team, though I think he should retire after this last mission.

thriller south of the border
By Kristina Goldschein
Constantly holds your attention – great read

Another great read by Don Mann
By Joey
Great read! Although fictional you can REALY relate to the realism and forget you are in fact reading fiction. Can’t wait for movie ;)

Four Stars
By Pat
Quick moving read.

Great Read!
By Dave “i <3 books”
Don Mann’s foray into fictional writing could best be summed up as awesome. His character development is great, and the pages turn as fast as you can read. I couldn’t put it down!

Action packed
By S. Mahaffey “neverjudge”
Seal Team Six :Hunt the Jackal is action packed! The team has been ordered to rescue a senator’s wife and teenage daughter in Mexico. They were taken by the Jackal who is a powerful drug lord. The team only have hours to rescue them. Meanwhile the team must deal with dirty cops, dangerous cartels, double crosses and of course plenty of bullets.

This is a suspenseful, action packed thriller. The action doesn’t stop. It is an exciting book to read!

Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

Hats off to the Seals!
By Dave Mclaughlin
If this is indicative of the seals, then my hat off to them. They most definitely go above and beyond the call of duty to accomplish their mission. Thank you for your service.

By Alberto T.
SEAL Team Six is a modern, action-packed episode!! It is very detailed in describing the equipment that the team carries from location to location, and the details of the actions at each event (down to how to dress a bullet wound)!! I only wish that the author had transitioned from event to event with more detail in those area. Otherwise, great book!!!

SEAL TEAM SIX: Hunt the Jackal by Don Mann
By Nancy Goldberg Wilks
Seal Team Six: Hunt the Jackal is the fourth in Don Mann’s Seal Team series, but it is the first of his books that I have read. I have, however, read Seal Team Six novels written by another former SEAL. There are some similarities between the stories portrayed by both former SEALS, as well as some differences. After reading Hunt the Jackal, however, I feel like I have a better sense of which parts of the novels may accurately portray SEAL Team Six.

In Mann’s latest Tom Crocker action/adventure thriller, the primary plot line involves the wife and daughter of a U.S. Senator who have been kidnapped by members of one of the Mexican drug cartels run by a man known as the Jackal. The recovery of the hostages falls to Crocker and his team. Although most of the novel deals with the kidnapping, we briefly follow Crocker’s team through an unrelated mission in Syria, and we also learn a bit about the personal lives of these SEALS.

I am not, in general, an action thriller reader. However, I am fascinated by the SEALS and enjoy reading about them. We are so fortunate to have these amazing people working for us. I am grateful for, envious of, and curious about SEAL Team Six, and I gladly devour these novels.

Mann wrote Seal Team Six: Hunt the Jackal with the help of Ralph Pezzullo, a New York Times bestselling author, and it shows. Although the book feels somewhat frenetic in its pace, it is a good read. It keeps the reader riveted and on the edge of her seat. I look forward to the next hunt by Crocker’s team.


Great book SEAL supporters
By NickeyJean
This book is real because the author is a real navy seal so you know everything is believable. It’s well written and keeps you engaged. I couldn’t put it down.

Four Stars
By Bob Wilson
Good read

Good start to a story
By Richard
To start I have just finished it. The story line goes into the dark working of a much needed organization and all the problems they to go through just to get it done. With this story the problem is on the home front, and how they had to handle it by using the old but true way of the military, JUST KICK IN THE DOOR!

By Janeen Buirch
I found this book to be very interesting. It is slow in the beginning but picks up speed about keep you very engaged. overall I found to be a good read!

Reviewed by KyBunnies
By Suzie Welker
I was offered this book on NetGalley. The cover and description sounded interesting. Please forgive me if I get something wrong. I have not read any other books in this series. This is not my normal genre or something I would browse even in a store or library. However, reading different genre always helps to expand the mind and keeps readers from becoming bored with one specific genre.

I have always heard the devil in the details. With this book that is so true. Who better to write a book than someone who was once in a classified military position?

I do wonder why the author had to throw in Fifty Shades of Grey. Come on really. I have not read the book and probably never will. Just not my cup of tea.

Sometimes while reading I felt like it was a mission report. Maybe it is because I know nothing about the military.

I personally do not know if all the equipment and everything state while on a mission is something actually used but it made for very interesting reading.

I recommend this book to people who enjoy thrillers, military or suspense.

The bunnies and I give this book 4 carrots.

I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. All views are my own and do not reflect those of the author, my clients or tour companies I work with. This is not a paid review. To form your own opinion please support the author and acquire your own legal copy of the book.

By rlangdale
Very good read, couldn’t put it down. I’ve liked the other book too.

Fantastic Thriller
By Barbara Thompson
Seal Team Six: Hunt The Jackal is a fantastic thriller. This book caught my attention from the beginning and held it until the very end. The storyline was intriguing, suspenseful, and on the edge of your seat action. The twists and turns was a WOW factor in this book for me. If you love mysteries, thrillers,or a fast-paced drama, I definitely recommend reading Seal Team Six: Hunt The Jackal. I enjoyed reading this book and I’m very curious about the next book.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion. Thank you Mulholland Books and Net Galley for the opportunity to read Seal Team Six: Hunt The Jackal by Don Mann.

An Entertaining Read
By Randy Robison
An entertaining read – Mann’s works are usually action packed and entertaining – even if not always the most realistic – this one is no different. Realism is not what you expect from this type of novel – entertainment – action – believable characters are expectations and Mann delivers in those areas and this novel is no exception. A rather abrupt ending that left you dangling a bit — but once again a fun read and a good entertainment value.

SEAL Team Six: Hunt the Jackal by Don Mann with Ralph Pezzullo
By Ski-Wee’s Book Corner
Lisa Clark is wife of Jesse Abrams Clark Senior Senator of Virginia and mother of Jesse Jr. and Olivia who is on vacation with Olivia in Arizona before she leaves for the fall semester at Duke University. Lisa and Olivia are separately enjoying the amenities in different rooms of the spa condominium when they are abducted by crewmembers of the narcoterrorist group Los Zetas whose leader is Ivan Jouma better known as The Jackal.

Meanwhile, the Black Cell navy seal team is in Syria attempting to locate and destroy a downed predator drone without the permission of Syrian government to enter the country. Crocker, Davis, Daly, and Mancini are dropped to the ground in the area of the drone and Ritchie and Cal remain on the helicopter (helio) with the pilot and co-pilot. The ground team has completed their mission and waiting for return of the helio at the previous agreed pickup time, which the helio never arrives. Crocker and Daly search for the missing aircraft and discover the wreckage with the pilot, co-pilot, and Ritchie dead in addition to Cal who has severe injuries that require immediate medical attention. After returning to the states, Black Cell has a new assignment to pinpoint the location of and rescue Senator Clark’s missing wife and daughter, Lisa and Olivia from their captor. The abductor Ivan Jouma (The Jackal) made it clear in a letter to Senator Clark that he will deliver a beheaded Lisa to him if forty Mexican criminal detainees are not released within three days. The Jackal has more than one purpose for kidnapping the Clark women and Black Cell must accelerate efforts of the rescue mission to prevent the hostage’s deaths and their own termination by the hands of the Los Zetos terrorist cluster.

Installment four of the SEAL Team Six series is an action-packed enjoyable read full of adventure novel in addition to the emotional excitement. This novel exposes a sentimental and emotive characteristic of team leader Crocker never before observed in the previous books of the series installment. I recommend this novel to fans of the SEAL Team Six series and military drama aficionados who seek engaging action reading in a day.

I received this novel free from the Net Galley Reviewer Program in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion.


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