What happens to the elite, close-knit soldiers of Australia's Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment after they leave the Who Dares Wins world of special forces? For some, there are highly paid jobs in the world's war zones and trouble spots, protecting global corporations from terrorism, sabotage, and violence. Others become powerful government advisers; many join foreign armies to train their special forces and expand the global brotherhood. Most risky of all, is the shadowy world of deniable 'black ops'. Guarding a deadly secret military cargo - a new missile system brokered through a spook under the guise of a Middle Eastern arms dealer - is all in a day's work. These are the risky yet vital jobs that governments will never admit. From Iraq and Afghanistan to Africa and Asia, award-winning defence writer Ian McPhedran uncovers a virtually unknown network and tells how Australia's top soldiers are forever linked in a seemingly borderless world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Byrne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/000822/bk_boli_000822_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this follow-up to the highly successful Kill Zone, former Marine sniper Kyle Swanson faces his most deadly enemy yet, a legendary enemy sniper working with a fringe Islamic organization that has created a terrifying new weapon of mass destruction. In Baghdad's Green Zone, an Iraqi scientist is murdered just before he is to reveal the monstrous secret that Saddam Hussein took to his grave: the Palace of Death, home to a chemical weapon that Islamic militants quietly have been developing and whose formula is nearly complete. The assassination is the work of a mysterious sniper called Juba, who was originally trained by the British but now works with a twisted mastermind determined to wrest leadership of the terrorist world from Al Qaeda. Kyle Swanson, once the top sniper in the Marine Corps, has become the key member in a secret special operations team known as Task Force Trident. When Juba tests the new weapon by killing hundreds of people at a British royal wedding in London, Swanson is assigned to hunt down his old special ops rival. The birth of a new reign of global terror can be stopped only by a confrontation between the two best snipers in the world, a duel in which the first shot wins. Usually. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Sowers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/000912/bk_aren_000912_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this unprecedented audiobook, a paramilitary contractor with more than two decades of experience gives us a firsthand look into the secret lives of America's private warriors and their highly covert work around the world. Author Jamie Smith has planned and executed hundreds of missions on behalf of government agencies and private industry in some of the world's most dangerous hot spots - and lived to tell the tale. They are elite warriors who run highly dangerous missions deep inside foreign countries on the brink of war. Jamie Smith knows these men well. Not only is he one of them, but he was the founding director of one of the most successful global, private military contracting firms. For the first time, he breaks his silence, pulling back the curtain to reveal in raw, intimate terms exactly what paramilitary spies and operators like him do when the government cannot act or take public responsibility. Combining the thrilling narrative of an international spy thriller with bracing boots-on-the-ground realism, Gray Work follows Smith through grinding CIA training and his career as an operative, his work with Blackwater Security, and the creation of his own successful company. Here is the grit and gristle of modern warfare, from espionage and assassinations, rescues and renditions; from the dark corners of the Arab Spring and the fall of Qadhafi to black ops; from Syria to Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and beyond. Smith has fought terrorists and won; he was ambushed on a mission in Pakistan and took a bullet through his shoulder and to his back and subsequently survived a grueling mountain trek that almost cost him his life. As founding director of Blackwater Security and then as head of his own company, Smith has helped shape a decade of war. His book powerfully illustrates how the men who serve in this gray area between the public and private worlds are transforming the art and science of modern warfare. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Gurner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/004552/bk_harp_004552_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the world's climate is far on its way to irreversible change. Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, and vanishing species are just some of the consequences. The erratic winter the Washington, D.C., area is experiencing is another grim reminder of a global weather pattern gone haywire: bone-chilling cold one day, balmy weather the next. But the president-elect remains optimistic and doesn't intend to give up without a fight. A maverick in every sense of the word, Chase starts organizing the most ambitious plan to save the world from disaster since FDR - and assembling a team of top scientists and advisers to implement it. For Charlie Quibler, this means re-entering the political fray full-time and giving up full-time care of his young son, Joe. For Frank Vanderwal, hampered by a brain injury, it means trying to protect the woman he loves from a vengeful ex and a rogue "black ops" agency not even the president can control - a task for which neither Frank's work at the National Science Foundation nor his study of Tibetan Buddhism can prepare him. In a world where time is running out as quickly as its natural resources, where surveillance is almost total and freedom nearly nonexistent, the forecast for the Chase administration looks darker each passing day. For as the last - and most terrible - of natural disasters looms on the horizon, it will take a miracle to stop the clock . . . the kind of miracle that only dedicated men and women can bring about. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Ganim, Kim Stanley Robinson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/000317/bk_adbl_000317_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After eight challenging years in Afghanistan, the new U.S. strategy, aimed at winning hearts and minds rather than search-and-destroy, refocuses the conflict on Special Forces: unorthodox soldiers who work outside of traditional military forces to combine secret military operations with nation building. Tony Geraghty, an expert author in this field for almost thirty years, unveils the extraordinary evolution of this refined style of war-making from its roots in anti-guerrilla warfare in Ireland and Palestine, by way of the creation of the C.I.A., the S.A.S., the Green Berets, America's Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), and many others, including Mossad. This history is more than a tale of derring-do, although James Bond-like characters stalk every page. It is a sweeping examination of Black Ops at a time when they represent the future of an open-ended global war against terrorism.
&#8220;I LOVE THE GRAY MAN.&#8221;&#8212;#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child &#8220;BOURNE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM.&#8221;&#8212;New York Times bestselling author James Rollins Praise for Mission Critical &#8220;This novel is vintage Greaney, with a tight plot, a ticking clock, and a sympathetic antihero&#8230;This is good, Clancy-esque entertainment. May the evildoers of the world have nightmares that Violator becomes a real person.&#8221;&#8212; Kirkus Reviews &#8220;The latest in the Gray Man series continues to demonstrate why Greaney belongs in the upper echelon of special-ops thriller authors.&#8221;&#8212; Booklist (starred review) &#8220;Greaney knows what military action fans want and delivers in spades.&#8221;&#8212; Publishers Weekly &#8220;Mesmerizing&#8230;Equal parts revenge drama and conspiracy tale, Mission Critical combines the best of John le Carré and Robert Ludlum. Greaney has fashioned a masterpiece of an action thriller, mixed with deep-seated global politics, placing him on level footing with the likes of Brad Thor, Brad Taylor and the late, great Vince Flynn.&#8221;&#8212; Providence Journal &#8220;The latest in the Gray Man series continues to demonstrate why Greaney belongs in the upper echelon of special-ops thriller authors.&#8221;&#8212; Booklist (starred review) Praise for Agent in Place &#8220;Reminiscent of John le Carré&#8230;Exquisite in its execution, the relentlessly riveting, &#8220;Agent in Place&#8221; firmly plants Greaney alongside Brad Taylor and Brad Thor as the masters of this thriller subgenre.&#8221; &#8212;Providence Journal &#8220;Readers of the great Tom Clancy will salivate over this fast-moving and well-plotted yarn, which is part of a consistently appealing series in which each assignment is billed as the most dangerous ever. Somehow, Greaney cranks out one winner after another. That's a lot of work for the Gray Man and plenty of vicarious pleasure for thriller fans.&#8221; &#8212;Kirkus Reviews (starred review) &#8220;Greaney&#8217;s steady escalation of the risks that Court faces, and the exceedingly clever ways he tackles them, make this entry in the exemplary Gray Man series a can&#8217;t-miss.&#8221; &#8212;Publishers Weekly (starred review) Praise for Gunmetal Gray &#8220;Fans of RPG, Hong Kong action films, and high-octane storytelling will love the Gray Man, who battles full-bore through this fast-paced series.&#8221;&#8212; The Washington Post &#8220;A nonstop barrage of action.&#8221;&#8212; The Memphis Commercial Appeal &#8220;Jam-packed with action and adventure. It is as modern as tomorrow&#8217;s headlines and moves with fascinating speed from country to country.&#8221;&#8212; Lincoln Journal Star &#8220;This one is fat, fast, and fun. Clancy&#8217;s spirit lives on.&#8221;&#8212; Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The end of the world as you know it. What are you going to do when it happens? Because it will. Yuck it up all you want to. Write the whole zombie apocalypse off to Hollywood hype. Go right ahead and keep boating down the river called Denial, Cleo. Send me a postcard when the zombies are beating down the pyramid door. You think it can't happen? Ever heard of antibiotic resistant viruses? Did you know that tales of the reanimated dead date back 4,500 years? Did you know the freaking CDC has a plan for the zombie apocalypse. (Thank God they didn't put FEMA on this thing or we would be screwed.) Admit it. You wouldn't be looking at this book if something wasn't nagging you. Global warming, threatened pandemics, contaminated water table, a rising culture of violence. Maybe you don't believe in zombies per se . . . yet . . . but you do know that people are just edgy enough already that civilization and civilized behavior are headed to hell in a handbasket as soon as disaster strikes. Two words for you: Hurricane Katrina. Okay two more, cluster and . . . You get my drift. I'm not some black ops, ninja, undead-fighting, SWAT guru. I'm just someone who plans on staying alive. And if I do die, I plan to be definitively dead, not kinda dead on the hoof. Believe or don't believe. Frankly, I could care less, but I will give you one huge tip. When the dead are roaming the streets, you'll have one major advantage they won't -- you'll still be able to think. I actually suggest you dust off your brain and start using it now. You might have a steep learning curve. This is a book for both the pre- and post-apocalypse crowd. If you're ready to get off your complacent backside and prepare for what's coming, I'll show you how to get started with an EDC (every day carry) survival kit and move through threat assessment, defensive strategies, basic weapons selection, and planning your long-term cache of supplies. If you're hunkered down clutching a filthy copy of this book in a ruined store, get the hell out of there! Take the book, go someplace safe, breathe, and let's get to work.
By the time Phil Chase is elected president, the world's climate is far on its way to irreversible change. Food scarcity, housing shortages, diminishing medical care, and vanishing species are just some of the consequences. The erratic winter the Washington, D.C., area is experiencing is another grim reminder of a global weather pattern gone haywire: bone-chilling cold one day, balmy weather the next. But the president-elect remains optimistic and doesn't intend to give up without a fight. A maverick in every sense of the word, Chase starts organizing the most ambitious plan to save the world from disaster since FDR-and assembling a team of top scientists and advisers to implement it. For Charlie Quibler, this means reentering the political fray full-time and giving up full-time care of his young son, Joe. For Frank Vanderwal, hampered by a brain injury, it means trying to protect the woman he loves from a vengeful ex and a rogue 'black ops&#8221; agency not even the president can control-a task for which neither Frank's work at the National Science Foundation nor his study of Tibetan Buddhism can prepare him. In a world where time is running out as quickly as its natural resources, where surveillance is almost total and freedom nearly nonexistent, the forecast for the Chase administration looks darker each passing day. For as the last-and most terrible-of natural disasters looms on the horizon, it will take a miracle to stop the clock . . . the kind of miracle that only dedicated men and women can bring about.
Jim Thurman never thought he'd find himself at the center of an international plot to control America's oil market. It's 1990 and the mindset of the global giant Titan Oil is that terrorism only happens overseas. Protecting its people and flagship refinery in Grainger City is the last thing to be concerned with, even though the refinery supplies the largest daily percentage of gasoline to the nation. But when a terrorist group attacks the refinery to destroy it and unleash a lethal chemical, it's up to Thurman to stop them. Thurman, former Marine and Vietnam veteran, had left police work for better pay in Titan Oil's refinery security. That was when he had a wife and son. When they died, so did his sanity. To retain what's left, he decides to leave it all behind and start a new life without the scars. He'll resign and say goodbye to the refinery, but more importantly, to his fellow veterans working in the refinery, the 'War Dogs.' His departure is delayed when a rogue black ops mercenary, Adam Murdock, attacks the refinery with a team of terrorists known as the 'Serpent and the Sword.' Their stated sympathies are with the Middle East and unless their demands are met they will destroy the refinery and release its stockpile of lethal hydrofluoric acid on the surrounding population. Yet Murdock intends to destroy the refinery regardless of the demands. That is what his employer paid him to do. The Director of the CIA knew, yet hid the attack information in hopes of elevating his agency's future power. Venezuela wants to leave OPEC and be America's primary supplier. Hiring Adam Murdock was the answer. Lay blame on the Middle East, turn America against OPEC, and Venezuela reaps the oil rewards. The Director never counted on Alexandra McCall, an agent within his agency, leaking the information to the National Security Council. With terrorists slaughtering employees and setting explosives to destroy the massive refinery, Jim Thurman realizes he must fight alone. But his blooded brothers, the War Dogs, choose to make the last stand with him-even at the cost of their lives for an ungrateful corporation... A rogue black ops agent. A ruthless terrorist group's takeover of a refinery. An intelligence agency director that knows the truth but hid the report. The global oil giant that believes everything is second to profit. A country wanting to break away from OPEC and take America's oil market with it. The potential release of a lethal chemical on a city - and one man with a handful of Vietnam veterans to make a last stand against the insanity and prevent doomsday. STEEL JUNGLE is the nightmare no one wants to consider. Reality is laid bare in this raw-nerved, fast-paced, hard-hitting thriller.