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SEAL Team 666 by Weston Ochse

SEAL Cadet Jack Walker is only halfway through training when he’s abruptly yanked out to join a very different team, SEAL Team 666. They just lost a sniper on a certain mission in Abbottabad, Pakistan and someone very high up thinks Jack is just the man to replace him. His first mission with the team is in Chinatown at a sweatshop where the workers never leave and black magic is at work. The team is attacked by otherworldly creatures and after interrogating the Yakuza guards, they suspect something much, much bigger is at work. Eventually the team will have to travel as far as Myanmar to get to the bottom of things, and it’s going to get very messy. Can you say evil dude wearing a skin suit?

SEAL Team 666 revolves mainly around Jack Walker. He’s a talented newbie with a tendency to go with his instincts even when it involves not following orders to the letter. There’s a pretty good reason for this, though. Jack was possessed by a grave demon as a child and it’s left him with an internal radar when it comes to magic and the supernatural. Sometimes his radar goes off at inopportune times though, and his team hopes he’ll soon be able to control it. He really doesn’t have time to try, however, because SEAL Team 666 is go go go. Aside from a few scenes in the Mosh Pit (where the team lives and sleeps), there’s just not a lot of time for chit chat. Weston Ochse obviously knows his stuff, since he’s a retired US Army Intelligence officer and current intelligence officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency, and there’s enough gadget talk in here to make even the most die-hard military junkie happy.

SEAL Team 666 is about a most unusual Navy SEAL team, but more than that, it’s very much about the camaraderie and trust that must exist within a unit like this and there is a bit of examination on what it’s like being a hero that no one really ever knows about, and that sometimes never get recognized for the heroics they perform. They are a team tasked with keeping the citizens ignorant of the big mean baddies in their midst, and they must, by their very nature, exist in the shadows. That was the highlight of this book for me; the supernatural storyline was secondary to that, in my opinion. One fun thing mentioned was the group of Navy SEAL wives tasked with keeping their exploits out of social media and away from public consumption. Also, the team’s canine member, Hoover, was a delight, and I’d love to read more about her in further adventures. Most of SEAL Team 666 was pure candy, and that’s ok! There wasn’t a huge amount of character development here, but I don’t usually expect a large amount of it in a book like this, and it more than makes up for it with nearly nonstop action interspersed with very creepy scenes from Jack’s childhood involving his possession. If you’re an action/adventure fan and think a supernatural twist might be fun, SEAL Team 666 will provide a satisfying diversion. Here’s hoping for more adventures with Jack Walker and his team.

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