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A US Special Forces operator and veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Richard Daniels is weary of serving government officials. Ensconced deep in the Florida Everglades, Daniels flies out of his own base of operations, rescuing wealthy refugees from dangerous situations then using the funds to extract unfortunates facing the same dangers. When two shadowy government A US Special Forces operator and veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Richard Daniels is weary of serving government officials. Ensconced deep in the Florida Everglades, Daniels flies out of his own base of operations, rescuing wealthy refugees from dangerous situations then using the funds to extract unfortunates facing the same dangers. When two shadowy government-types attempt to hire Daniels and his team, Daniels flatly refuses. Then his seaplane is impounded, a federal warrant is issued for his arrest, and Deeno, an honorary team member with Downs Syndrome, is detained on federal charges. Daniels's mind is changed. His new mission: In exchange for Deeno's freedom, hunt down and return "Bio", a genetically enhanced soldier gone rogue. Simple enough; Bio is already a proven killer. But when Daniels finds the diary of the last man Bio killed... plans change. THE REMNANTS OF WAR, in series order The Last Operation The Doppelganger Protocol The Devil's Eye Twilight of Demons


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A US Special Forces operator and veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Richard Daniels is weary of serving government officials. Ensconced deep in the Florida Everglades, Daniels flies out of his own base of operations, rescuing wealthy refugees from dangerous situations then using the funds to extract unfortunates facing the same dangers. When two shadowy government A US Special Forces operator and veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Richard Daniels is weary of serving government officials. Ensconced deep in the Florida Everglades, Daniels flies out of his own base of operations, rescuing wealthy refugees from dangerous situations then using the funds to extract unfortunates facing the same dangers. When two shadowy government-types attempt to hire Daniels and his team, Daniels flatly refuses. Then his seaplane is impounded, a federal warrant is issued for his arrest, and Deeno, an honorary team member with Downs Syndrome, is detained on federal charges. Daniels's mind is changed. His new mission: In exchange for Deeno's freedom, hunt down and return "Bio", a genetically enhanced soldier gone rogue. Simple enough; Bio is already a proven killer. But when Daniels finds the diary of the last man Bio killed... plans change. THE REMNANTS OF WAR, in series order The Last Operation The Doppelganger Protocol The Devil's Eye Twilight of Demons

30 review for The Last Operation (The Remnants of War, #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Michael

    Pretty standard A/A plotline, special forces, secret government projects, etc. but entertaining. Interesting characters, good action sequences and an interesting touch in 'government projects gone wrong'. Pretty standard A/A plotline, special forces, secret government projects, etc. but entertaining. Interesting characters, good action sequences and an interesting touch in 'government projects gone wrong'.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tony Breault

    Fun, easy read that quickly passes the time I picked this up on a whim and came away pleasantly surprised. The story line weaves nicely, keeps the reader easily entertained and has enough surprises that the plot outcomes are not obvious as one goes along. For those aficionados looking for realism or some deep research by the author into military, technology or financial technicalities, you’ll just have to set those aside and enjoy the quick pace and light reading (e.g., for starters a U.S Navy SE Fun, easy read that quickly passes the time I picked this up on a whim and came away pleasantly surprised. The story line weaves nicely, keeps the reader easily entertained and has enough surprises that the plot outcomes are not obvious as one goes along. For those aficionados looking for realism or some deep research by the author into military, technology or financial technicalities, you’ll just have to set those aside and enjoy the quick pace and light reading (e.g., for starters a U.S Navy SEAL can’t be a Sergeant- they use Navy ranks....). Overall, it reads quickly, is fast paced, and whittles away time as a fun read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Action pack Not my usual type of story, but it drew me in quickly. The story flowed very well. The characters, at least the main ones, are developed very well. There was plenty of details to keep it interesting without going in over mind numbing detail. Recommended

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hw Huyler

    Great story keeps the reader wanting more A bio-enhanced soldier, an ex-special forces so,dire, a down syndicate. Young man, and many natives of the Everglades make up an intriguing story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This book held my attention throughout. I admire the character Richard Daniels and cheered him & his friends throughout their adventures. Again and again the good guys acted with integrity and honor.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ian Denner

    Not what I expected Not really what I expected when I bought the book, but the pen again n the book has been sitting in my kindle library for quite some time. Did not really enjoy the book, not because of bad writing but because I am currently going through a Sci fi phase.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Lots of action but little slow to start out but had some good twists

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I started liking this book but then it started jumping all around and I really couldn't relate with the characters or the story line. I started liking this book but then it started jumping all around and I really couldn't relate with the characters or the story line.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well-versed in the defensive and offensive actions to almost any situation, Special Forces alumni Richard Daniels along with other capable personnel were left to fend for themselves after their services were no longer required for their country. A former comrade of Daniels, Bobby-Ray contacted him about a mysterious murder in the Florida Everglades he witnessed with the desire to return the man’s amulet to the family. The amulet held a secret and at the same time, Daniels was forcefully recruite Well-versed in the defensive and offensive actions to almost any situation, Special Forces alumni Richard Daniels along with other capable personnel were left to fend for themselves after their services were no longer required for their country. A former comrade of Daniels, Bobby-Ray contacted him about a mysterious murder in the Florida Everglades he witnessed with the desire to return the man’s amulet to the family. The amulet held a secret and at the same time, Daniels was forcefully recruited for a covert mission, a mission with deceptive elements. Hidden, powerful dynamics were involved, endangering the safety of not only Daniels but all under his protective umbrella. With a detailed prologue setting the stage, focused on the darker side of society, “The Last Operation" (Remnants of War Book 1) exploded with great intensity and grabbed me within its hold. This book was breath-taking in its writing, relentless in details, actions and brutality. Visualizations were easily formed. Fast-paced short chapters flew by as I was engrossed to the end. Despite its pacing, the writing never felt rushed or forced, it seemed to complement the story with a sense of reverence, sadness and appreciation for the struggles of good men in horrendous situations. It connected with me deeply with a unique blend of contrasting characters where honour and courage were in defiant of the despicable and treacherous. Contemporary fears of experimentation with DNA and biological engineering motives were vividly explored. It was exhilarating, gruesome macho action with realistic vicious drama, imprinted in my mind with lasting memories, a hard-to-put-down read. By the end, I felt I read a true masterpiece capturing the grace, gentleness and frailty of humanity amidst the ravaging, lingering effects of war. I plan to read more from the author, Patrick Astre. My review of the first book in a series “The Last Operation" (Remnants of War Book 1) was based on the free download from Kobo.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ilona

    Drug wars and CIA involvement, betrayal by covert government operatives, bio-engineering, fast paced action, blood and gore. If any of these trigger your 'I want to read it' button then you want to pick this one up. It has them all and is well written with really great characters and an intrigue full plot line. The bad guys are really evil (but not in an over-the-top evil way) and the good guys make mistakes and get into a world of hurt but keep going. I hadn't read any of this authors works bef Drug wars and CIA involvement, betrayal by covert government operatives, bio-engineering, fast paced action, blood and gore. If any of these trigger your 'I want to read it' button then you want to pick this one up. It has them all and is well written with really great characters and an intrigue full plot line. The bad guys are really evil (but not in an over-the-top evil way) and the good guys make mistakes and get into a world of hurt but keep going. I hadn't read any of this authors works before but he is going on my list as a writer who can really tell a military/spy kind of story with realism.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dave Edlund

    Too much just didn’t work for me in this novel. First, we are expected to believe a tough, battled-hardened soldier can dress up as a knock-out blond and pull it off even when in the embrace of the man she (or he) is supposed to seduce. Then the author conveys a deep lack of knowledge of firearms—not good in this genre. (For the record, no commando would select a 30-30 Winchester as a sniper rifle; and no, there are no magnum loads for the 30-30.) The final straw for me was when a handful of $1, Too much just didn’t work for me in this novel. First, we are expected to believe a tough, battled-hardened soldier can dress up as a knock-out blond and pull it off even when in the embrace of the man she (or he) is supposed to seduce. Then the author conveys a deep lack of knowledge of firearms—not good in this genre. (For the record, no commando would select a 30-30 Winchester as a sniper rifle; and no, there are no magnum loads for the 30-30.) The final straw for me was when a handful of $1,000 were displayed to buy the services of the protagonist. Really? Fact: $100 bill is the largest note in circulation—has been for decades. Disappointing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Hardly comment on editing issues but in this case the misuse, mis-spelled and sheer number of words missing were glaring distractions that made it hard to concentrate on the actual story content. This was a long, rambling journey that made up a pretty good book. The fact that at times it was tough to differentiate between those on the side of right from those doing wrong added to the mystery of it all. Filled with bursts of intense action, brutal violence and the thrill of unraveling the plots twi Hardly comment on editing issues but in this case the misuse, mis-spelled and sheer number of words missing were glaring distractions that made it hard to concentrate on the actual story content. This was a long, rambling journey that made up a pretty good book. The fact that at times it was tough to differentiate between those on the side of right from those doing wrong added to the mystery of it all. Filled with bursts of intense action, brutal violence and the thrill of unraveling the plots twists this was for the most part an okay read. Not enticing enough though to bring me to read any more in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Justin Kean

    Modern Thriller at its blandest Modern Thriller at its blandest This book is pretty much the personification of the modern American thriller. The plot is pretty paper thin, the bad guys are really pretty stupid but quintessentially evil, and the good guys are all true blue Army special forces super soldiers. It's fine for light summer reading while semi trashed on Coronas next to the pool or while on a long flight, but not good for much else. Modern Thriller at its blandest Modern Thriller at its blandest This book is pretty much the personification of the modern American thriller. The plot is pretty paper thin, the bad guys are really pretty stupid but quintessentially evil, and the good guys are all true blue Army special forces super soldiers. It's fine for light summer reading while semi trashed on Coronas next to the pool or while on a long flight, but not good for much else.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jim A

    A better than average thriller. Former military operators contract to work with the CIA to take down drug lords in Mexico. It wouldn't be a story without some betrayal. Move the story forward 10 years and it picks up in the Everglades with a search for a genetically engineered super soldier that has escaped. Throw in a 'Glades Seer and an indian 'witch doctor' and you have a very entertaining story. A better than average thriller. Former military operators contract to work with the CIA to take down drug lords in Mexico. It wouldn't be a story without some betrayal. Move the story forward 10 years and it picks up in the Everglades with a search for a genetically engineered super soldier that has escaped. Throw in a 'Glades Seer and an indian 'witch doctor' and you have a very entertaining story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gary Sedivy

    Three. Three stories in one. I sound like The Count from Sesame Street. There were three short stories connected together, kind of. The prologue is linked to the second section. The first section is an extraction from some drug cartels. The second is its own weird rescue. The writing was just okay. There were a few editing errors which did not catch grammar and spelling.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ollie

    I don't generally like when a book skips from present to past and back to present. If it's done too many times I can get lost or lose interest. In this book the author does this skillfully. It has a sci-fi aspect to it as well. If you like thrillers with a touch of sci-fi and mystical characters you will like this book. I don't generally like when a book skips from present to past and back to present. If it's done too many times I can get lost or lose interest. In this book the author does this skillfully. It has a sci-fi aspect to it as well. If you like thrillers with a touch of sci-fi and mystical characters you will like this book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Drayton

    Great Read - glad I came across this author. For those of you out there that like Thor, Clancy, Flynn, etc. Give this book a try. You won't be disappointed. Well written, good plot and believable action scenes. All around - entertaining read. Great Read - glad I came across this author. For those of you out there that like Thor, Clancy, Flynn, etc. Give this book a try. You won't be disappointed. Well written, good plot and believable action scenes. All around - entertaining read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Wow thought I bought one book got another well thought out and researched, an inviting book into special-ops and the demons they represent. I Loved it threw me for a loop with the Spirituality of the story but it made it better. A must Buy!!!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda B.

    I got hooked immediately by this book and could not put it down! I loved the people in it and the things that go on in the swamps. It was a wild ride. Would recommend this to those who love adventure.

  20. 5 out of 5

    James

    Two different missions related, and in each the emplyer betrays the team.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Did not finish. Not to my liking.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chrystal Roe

    Kick ass book This book is so exciting! If you like stories dealing with spec ops and with lots of action you'll want this one! Kick ass book This book is so exciting! If you like stories dealing with spec ops and with lots of action you'll want this one!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dan Bates

    Entertaining read. Good story. However, the author/editor needs to learn the difference between its and it's, then and than, and that criteria is plural, while criterias isn't a word. Entertaining read. Good story. However, the author/editor needs to learn the difference between its and it's, then and than, and that criteria is plural, while criterias isn't a word.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    I like to read free kindle books from time to time and most are not that good but this one is about a 3.5 stars. Decent story line and flowed together really well. It was worth the try

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ronni

    Suspence and Drama One the best books I have read. I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the suspense and characters.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    The last Operation The book was a good read. Good plot and well written. Bought the second in the series and will read next. My thanks to Patrick!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nigel

    A good rollicking adventure story with a larger than life hero who gets into and out of many scrapes

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robert C. smith

    Wow! Patrick Astre knows how to jerk readers on the edge of their seats with action, adventure, suspense and a touch of romance. Couldn't put it down! Wow! Patrick Astre knows how to jerk readers on the edge of their seats with action, adventure, suspense and a touch of romance. Couldn't put it down!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    A different conspiracy A fertile mind that has knowledge of Washington government, everglades and special forces combined into a excellent, intensity fuelled novel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark

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