Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Book Review: STEEL FEAR by Webb & Mann


Steel FearSteel Fear by Brandon Webb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book!

BUT there were several things that confused me:

1. The story opened with a female character, when I'd thought the book was about a male Navy SEAL. So I did a quick switch in my brain, thinking: Okay, cool, multiple main characters. But no. Finn, the SEAL, was the main character, and the majority of the chapters were told from his point-of-view.

2. And there was a lot of head hopping with the story constantly switching to different characters and their perspectives. It was a challenge to keep track of all the characters.

3. The reason a lone SEAL would be sent home on an aircraft carrier instead of flown directly to the states was never justified. A reader needs to buy into that concept, otherwise, it's a story problem that is hard to overlook.

Those were the only reasons I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5. Otherwise, I loved it.

I loved the writing, the character development, the setting, and the mystery. Usually, I'm pretty good at solving the mystery before it's revealed, but not this time. The story was well told and well executed.

This was the first time I've read a novel by these authors, and I look forward to reading more.

Some of my favorite lines from the story:

"But Papa Doc frowned on too much chatter. On his watch, flights tended to be less like sitting around a campfire and more like going to church."

"A carrier flight deck was one gigantic blot-action sniper rifle, three and a half football fields long, only instead of firing steel-tipped 10-gram rounds it shot 25-ton fighter jets, firing and reloading at the rate of one every twenty-five seconds. Finn thought about the jet pilots strapped into their multimillion-dollar machines, being shot off the deck into the dark like bullets."

"When he roamed the Abe's passageways Jackson moved like an Abrams tank that had taken a few semesters of ballet."

[I received an early copy for free from the publisher via NetGalley, which in no way influenced my opinion.]

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1 comment:

  1. Happy IWSG Day, Margo! I hope that things are going well for you. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. I don't think I've read one about an aircraft carrier. Take care!