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“Jason Kasper’s David Rivers series boils with bold action, exotic locales, and spellbinding intrigue.” Mark Greaney, #1 NYT Bestselling Author of the Gray Man seriesFrom former Special Forces officer Jason Kasper comes a gripping set of thrillers for fans of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Now an international bestseller. Book 1: Greatest Enemy Army Ranger David Rivers enter “Jason Kasper’s David Rivers series boils with bold action, exotic locales, and spellbinding intrigue.” Mark Greaney, #1 NYT Bestselling Author of the Gray Man seriesFrom former Special Forces officer Jason Kasper comes a gripping set of thrillers for fans of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Now an international bestseller. Book 1: Greatest Enemy Army Ranger David Rivers enters the covert underworld of ex-special operators for hire. His new team serves a faceless mastermind known as the Handler. But as the stakes continue to rise, he learns that his new employer is more ruthless than anyone he's faced in combat—and he just might be David's greatest enemy. Book 2: Offer of Revenge David Rivers wants vengeance. But to get it, he must join the secretive organization that slaughtered the only family he had. Sent into battle against a savage force of enemy fighters in Somalia, David realizes that someone inside the organization seems to know his true purpose…and has been waiting for him all along. Book 3: Dark Redemption The path to revenge leads David Rivers into a labyrinth of twisted loyalties in the violent slums of Rio de Janeiro—where he learns the betrayal of his team was just the beginning. And nothing in David’s murderous past can prepare him for what happens when he finally meets his greatest enemy face-to-face.


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“Jason Kasper’s David Rivers series boils with bold action, exotic locales, and spellbinding intrigue.” Mark Greaney, #1 NYT Bestselling Author of the Gray Man seriesFrom former Special Forces officer Jason Kasper comes a gripping set of thrillers for fans of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Now an international bestseller. Book 1: Greatest Enemy Army Ranger David Rivers enter “Jason Kasper’s David Rivers series boils with bold action, exotic locales, and spellbinding intrigue.” Mark Greaney, #1 NYT Bestselling Author of the Gray Man seriesFrom former Special Forces officer Jason Kasper comes a gripping set of thrillers for fans of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Now an international bestseller. Book 1: Greatest Enemy Army Ranger David Rivers enters the covert underworld of ex-special operators for hire. His new team serves a faceless mastermind known as the Handler. But as the stakes continue to rise, he learns that his new employer is more ruthless than anyone he's faced in combat—and he just might be David's greatest enemy. Book 2: Offer of Revenge David Rivers wants vengeance. But to get it, he must join the secretive organization that slaughtered the only family he had. Sent into battle against a savage force of enemy fighters in Somalia, David realizes that someone inside the organization seems to know his true purpose…and has been waiting for him all along. Book 3: Dark Redemption The path to revenge leads David Rivers into a labyrinth of twisted loyalties in the violent slums of Rio de Janeiro—where he learns the betrayal of his team was just the beginning. And nothing in David’s murderous past can prepare him for what happens when he finally meets his greatest enemy face-to-face.

57 review for The David Rivers Series: Books 1-3: Greatest Enemy, Offer of Revenge, and Dark Redemption

  1. 4 out of 5

    Samuel

    A GUN FOR SALE ““Well, let me tell you, gentlemen, the games of the devil are not restricted to those confined to hell. Others can play them.” – Robert Ludlum “tell them... Tell them all... Whoever comes, whoever it is... I'll kill them. I'll kill them all.” – John Wick. These past few years, I have had few surprises in my thriller fiction reading. Over my time on goodreads, I have gradually culled my mainstream published fiction reading and indie published fiction reading to a few select author A GUN FOR SALE ““Well, let me tell you, gentlemen, the games of the devil are not restricted to those confined to hell. Others can play them.” – Robert Ludlum “tell them... Tell them all... Whoever comes, whoever it is... I'll kill them. I'll kill them all.” – John Wick. These past few years, I have had few surprises in my thriller fiction reading. Over my time on goodreads, I have gradually culled my mainstream published fiction reading and indie published fiction reading to a few select authors whose style and quality I appreciate. This year however, there were two surprises which impressed me enough to be entered into the pantheon. One of them was mainstream published and the other was indie published. Today, we will be focusing on the second one, the American Mercenary Epic. Meet Jason Kasper. Kasper is a graduate of West Point and served in the Green Berets, the elder statesman of American’s special operations teams. Finding himself in some dark and nihilistic places over the years where his only companion was the demon drink, he took to writing to work through some of those issues. The final result is his fictional creation, David Rivers. Kasper’s writing can be described as ‘John Wick before John Wick was even thought up.” A triumphant mix of destructive gunplay, real world detail beautifully mixing with imaginative escapist plot concepts and some of the most skilful world building I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing, this review will cover the first three book. Now to the review. What happens when you make an enemy of the people who actually rule the world? It all begins with a dead man walking. Our anti – hero David Rivers is finally out of the Army and has learned that the woman he loves, and his best friend have both betrayed him by beginning an affair. He hits upon murder suicide as the best solution, and on a dark, rainy night tries to blast his ‘best friend’ with an overpowered .454 Carsul. Just before he can have his satisfaction, he’s knocked down by a mysterious group of men. They turn out to be a team of guns for hire and have been watching and studying David Rivers. Offered with a job to use his talents as a soldier and B.A.S.E jumper, Rivers accepts and performs an elaborate assassination of a terrorist banker to perfection. Impressed, the guns for hire offer him a place on their team. Accepting it, Rivers finds himself entering the true underworld of global crime. From the peaceful suburbs of late 2000s America, to the deserts of Somalia’s inlands, the Favelas of Rio De Janerio, the crumbling slums of Myanmar and the Triple Frontier, the new American Mercenary finds himself waging a new war, not for his country but for himself. And as a final reckoning with his greatest enemy comes close, only one question remains. When you find a family that connects you with the world and makes you a different person, what person do you become when all of them are taken from you? In terms of plot the American Mercenary series is a masterful work of conspiracy thriller fiction. Beginning with a deceptively simple story about sophisticated crime and murder for hire in suburban America, the saga takes a turn into the epic, grandiose worldbuilding that would make the John Wick films become so beloved. Few contemporary conspiracy thriller writers can hold a candle to Kasper’s skill at crafting a fully realized fictional universe, with distinct characteristics, intriguing facets, and one that does not drag the pacing of the story down to boot. The author masterfully makes the story a whole lot more thrilling by setting up plot threads in each book that come back to dramatically change the game and keep us readers in suspense. By making the narrative point of view first person perspective, the twists the author weaves have even further power. Combined with the author’s experiences in knowing the visceral brutality of war, the American Mercenary series books, while shorter than your average mainstream published thriller novel, are just as thrilling and even more punchy. Action and setting? A lot to like in this series as a whole. Mr Kasper, as a former US Army Special Forces soldier, has the edge that ex-soldiers turned novelists have over their counterparts on civvie street. Whether it be a mortar attack on a farm in the leafy forests of Middle America, a stealthy river raft infiltration into one of the most desolate parts of Somalia, a car chase through a beachside street in Rio De Janerio, a gun battle through a rotting Myanmar tower block and guerrilla warfare in the jungles of Paraguay, the American Mercenary series never lets up in keeping the readers in harrowing excitement. It’s not the stylized violence of the John Wick series, but it’s just as deadly and a lot more serious. The backdrops in which the story takes place are also outstanding. From the city skyline of Chicago hundreds of meters from the pavement, a luxury hotel business conference room in Ipanema Beach, a mysterious, isolated mountain fortress hidden in the Canadian woods and a jungle hacienda in the Paraguayan countryside, Kasper deftly and efficiently brings the setting to life without bogging himself or the narrative down. Research? Absolutely superb. The author while utilizing fantastical plot concepts blends them in with real world details to amazing effect. Whether it be the ins and outs of proper mortar operation and usage, strategizing how to storm fortified locations, how counterfeiting actually works, the mechanics of close protection details and even an accurate portrayal of just how much care and planning go into BASE jumping, while far more escapist than most Post 9/11 counter – terrorism and espionage novels are, the American Mercenary conspiracy thrillers go one better and spice up the real world detail with well thought out and imaginative plot concepts. The prime example of this is the big criminal syndicate that is the overarching opposition in the saga. Whether it be their base of operations, which is suitably isolated from the world at great expense, the paranoid communications procedures, cut outs and proxies they use to run their activities, or even the security measures used to protect the leadership which cover nearly ever single base to an absurd degree, the author manages to pull off what the great Ian Fleming and Robert Ludlum used to do. Inject a hint of paranoid journalistic plausibility into the fantasy. Characters? Many standouts. The author creates a dynamic cast of colourful characters who change and develop over time due to their experiences over the course of the story. I’ll focus on two for brevity’s sake. David Rivers and The Greatest Enemy. First, Rivers. Rivers at the start of the saga is a nihilistic, excuse for a human being. Like most ex – soldiers who have initially left the military, he’s starved of the thrill of war, violence and shedding blood. This has driven him up the wall to an extent and finding that the woman he loved at the time has betrayed him along with his best friend erodes what little faith he has in humanity. Rashly deciding to suck start the gigantic hunting revolver in his possession, Rivers catches a lucky break and finds what he wants in life. At first, a chance to use his talents and stop being a dead man walking with nothing to live for, and later on an ad – hoc family of sorts whom he can give his affection to. When that family is unable to make that clean getaway however, Rivers transforms himself into their avenger, trying to work his way towards getting justice denied to them. And during that odyssey, he experiences love and loss, finds himself facing death and fear, achieves the respect and admiration of unexpected friends and proves himself to be a far better survivor than many of his foes expect him to be. Rivers is not a hero. But he is a better man who wants to try make things right for himself and those who have suffered ever since he became the American Mercenary. And that desire, as seen from his first-person narrative point of view, makes him quite the sympathetic character as we get to see that suffering and persistence in the face of callous evil and criminality up close. Secondly, we have ‘The Greatest Enemy.’ It’s not his actual title but whether your David Rivers or anyone else who he wishes to destroy, he will become your greatest enemy and one you will forever regret trying to defy. The Greatest Enemy is, for lack of a better term, quite possibly the greatest antagonist ever to grace the pages of a conspiracy thriller novel written this decade. He is the embodiment of ‘non – state actor’. A name that has never gotten onto any electronic records and burned out of all physical ones. A face that might be at home in the Southwestern United States, East Africa, or South Asia. An indeterminable accent which makes a mockery of ethnicity and regional dialect. A cloak of superstitious mystery, a bodyguard of lies, supernatural rumour and isolation to prevent the enemies inside and outside from ever pinning him down. All you need to know about him is that he is one of the men that actually rule the world, and the man who rules the international criminal underworld over the five continents of the earth through his control of ‘The Outfit’. Having pioneered the use of military veterans and mercenaries to commit sophisticated crimes with devastating, clockwork precision and lethal plausible deniability, ‘The Greatest Enemy’ when we meet him is at the height of his powers, but has suffered age and alleged mental derangement have made him more unpredictable and unstable for his advisers, minions, henchmen and functionaries. A master of cold strategy with a gift of seeing the big picture and painting his own to suit his whims and destiny, ‘The Greatest Enemy” is a formidable Flemingesque type badguy but one who is perfectly adapted to the Post 9/11 era of thriller novels. Constructive criticism? None. Read collectively in the review anthology that the author kindly provided, the five books combined to make a strong, cohesive narrative par excellence. As it’s a serialized narrative and such structures are unjustly maligned by readers and reviewers who have gotten used to standalone narratives in this day and age, I would recommend that readers buy the package compilations Kasper has listed on Amazon. Overall, the American Mercenary epic can be considered one of the finest, pure conspiracy thrillers written in the Post 9/11 era. With its grandiose, epic fictional universe that successfully generates an atmosphere of harrowing paranoia, an intimate character story of one man’s odyssey to get his own justice from an organization that mocks the very concept, real world research that blends beautifully with the fevered, escapist setting and a cast of characters whose avoid remaining static and stale, Jason Kasper deftly takes the conspiracy thriller crown that has lain untouched since Robert Ludlum passed away. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chandru CS

    I’m giving you a chance to face the consequences of your actions like you’ve never had to do.” “I gave you the chance to kill yourself, but you didn’t have the brains or the balls to do the honorable thing. Maybe your dad didn’t teach you right, or maybe you were born a coward and it’s in your blood. Either way, I’m giving you a chance to face the consequences of your actions like you’ve never had to do.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert Enzenauer

    I have read EACH BOOK in order, so will provide my reviews in order. BOOK 1 GREATEST ENEMY: WOW! It is very rare for me to give an author's first novel a five-star rating But Jason Kasper's JAIS (David Rivers Book 1) definitely deserves the highest rating. The novel moves very fast, and it is very hard to put down. I read in two days. The author's prior personal experience in both combat and BASE jumper gives the details of fighting and jumping an incredible realistic grit. Like many of the grea I have read EACH BOOK in order, so will provide my reviews in order. BOOK 1 GREATEST ENEMY: WOW! It is very rare for me to give an author's first novel a five-star rating But Jason Kasper's JAIS (David Rivers Book 1) definitely deserves the highest rating. The novel moves very fast, and it is very hard to put down. I read in two days. The author's prior personal experience in both combat and BASE jumper gives the details of fighting and jumping an incredible realistic grit. Like many of the great authors of this genre, the main character is tragically flawed, but the read really cares about his trials and tribulations. You really feel his internal struggle. Great for readers who like Tim Tigner or Matt Rogers BOOK 2. OFFER OF REVENGE. Just finished Jason Kasper's second novel and can't accept that I have to wait until next year for the third installment in the Ravid Rivers series. Like other readers, I am very impressed with the maturity of Kasper's writing in a relative "new" author - that is author new to writing, but a seasoned combat veteran certainly not "new" to life and exciting life experience. Don't start this book after dinner, because it is virtually impossible to put down. Save for a weekend without commitments. The plot moves very fast, and the book is packed with action, and very exciting scene of fighting action. This author's main character - David Rivers - is a fantastic hero flawed, and the reader very soon learns to care about him deeply. Kasper, a combat-veteran himself, has created a very believable David Rivers, who leans forward and drives on through the pain and distress and adversity, while obviously affected by previous episodes of life-threatening combat operations, but like most Special Operations veterans, is able to "drive on" because of training, drive, self-motivation, grit, etc etc. Recommend for all those readers who appreciate Tim Tigner, Matt Rogbers, Vince Flynn, Ben Coes, etc. BOOK 3. DARK REDEMPTION.Jason Kasper has proven to be as discplined an author as he must have been as a successful West Point graduate and Special Forces combat veteran. This THIRD book in the David Rivers series will not disappoint. It is definitely helpful to read Kasper's David Rivers' series in order, and this book picks up immediately after OFFER OF REVENGE. This action-packed book is very hard to put down after getting started, so I was glad that I read this while I was still on medical leave after a left total kinee replacement. Kasper paints some very vivid word-pictures of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. And although I have never been to Rio, the rotting garbage, and the mix of humanity and ever-present dogs and gut-wrenching poverty certainly remind me of my time in the Philippines. This author has been to the many less than tourist attractions where the army sent him during many years of service as a special operations warrior, and he vividly describes the smells and chaos of the poorest and most dangerous ghettos of Brazil. And mosat certainly his personal experience and knowledge of miloitaqry equipment, tactics and weapons, makes his combat/gunfight action scenes feel truly authentic. The characters are larger than life, and the hero-David Rivers is a conflicted veteran who the invested reader learns to really love. David Rivers is an equal to Jack Reacher or Mitch Rapp. And the book moves so fast that I definitely was shocked when it ended so fast. But obviously poised for BOOK FOUR. Strong work, Jason Kasper. When is the movie deal coming out?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sue Chatterjee

    I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the trials and tribulations of David River. He isn't the perfect James Bond kind of guy - more of a hot mess, but a hot mess with a strong type A personality to reach his goal no matter who or what gets in his way. Life often sucks, his recent military past has left him craving the same kind of extreme action in "real" life and yes he gets depressed, but that all makes for reality and a need to keep reading to see how he will make it happen this time! Each book co I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the trials and tribulations of David River. He isn't the perfect James Bond kind of guy - more of a hot mess, but a hot mess with a strong type A personality to reach his goal no matter who or what gets in his way. Life often sucks, his recent military past has left him craving the same kind of extreme action in "real" life and yes he gets depressed, but that all makes for reality and a need to keep reading to see how he will make it happen this time! Each book continues the story immediately and drops you right back into David's world. The only issue is that book 4 isn't here yet!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Mediocre. Strange, Suicidal Main Character. The Reader is thrust into the mind and actions of a suicidal person. This is not necessarily pleasant, nor is the character “up to par” compared to most other novels (starring good guys or bad). Some of the story-telling is fine, especially when there is action. And, the end of the 3rd book helps to tie together loose ends from earlier. But, these are not great reading, and 3-stars is generous (in comparison to the Bourne novels, Tom Clancy, et al).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Luther Moore III

    Excellent reading! David Rivers is the epitome of the phrase "I'd rather be lucky than good." while David is excellent at what he does his luck far surpasses his skill. Kudos to you my friend for your writing skills. You tell excellent stories. I am starting book 4 in the series as soon as I submit this review and I look forward to reading all of the American Mercenary books. I can honestly tell you that I am a big fan of yours. Excellent reading! David Rivers is the epitome of the phrase "I'd rather be lucky than good." while David is excellent at what he does his luck far surpasses his skill. Kudos to you my friend for your writing skills. You tell excellent stories. I am starting book 4 in the series as soon as I submit this review and I look forward to reading all of the American Mercenary books. I can honestly tell you that I am a big fan of yours.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lorie Layne

    I really like this series... although I am sure someone with understanding of all the hardware used on the missions would probably really appreciate how in depth the descriptions were. Glad there was a special on Amazon so that I tried this writer as I really like the style. Looking forward to the next book as my imagination can’t fathom where David will go next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    🎧🇵🇷Johnny🇵🇷🎧

    The David Rivers books are some of the best action and adventure novels that I have ever read. Each book in the series is action packed, the plot full of twists and turns and the characters are believable and relatable. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment. Would definitely recommend for fans of the genre. The David Rivers books are some of the best action and adventure novels that I have ever read. Each book in the series is action packed, the plot full of twists and turns and the characters are believable and relatable. I'm eagerly awaiting the next installment. Would definitely recommend for fans of the genre.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Randall Lovejoy

    Quite excellent I purchased this first series of three at a sale rate. I am impressed by the writings of former soldiers. Mr. Kasper is no exception. These books are quite intriguing with lots of action, unexpected twists in the plot, and overall quite excellent. I look forward to the others in this series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    MMc14

    I enjoyed this collection of the first three books in this series. I thought the writing at the beginning of the first book was pretty rough, but it soon smoothed out. There is extreme violence in places in each book. I enjoyed the action sequences much more than the lengthy dialogues and mind games portions.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tyrone Coupland

    Cry me a river Boy meets girl. Falls in love. She is murdered. He wants revenge. Pretty traditional plot motive. But packed into a fast paced action thriller with a suicidal hero that doesn’t know when to quit and an enemy that doesn’t ever lose. I liked it. I’m going to read the whole series. Enough said.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bob Rannebarger

    This trioligy starts out with a bang! The first few chapter you get to know who David is, and then the adrenaline kicks in! I enjoyed the complexity of his character, but more importantly, how he turns each situation in to a moment of clarity defining his life at that moment. Excelllent read can’t wait to start book four!

  13. 4 out of 5

    James

    This was like a "book to far". I couldn't wait for it to end. It wasn't bad enough to just put it down but it was way too long. Also it seemed that the author was using too much descriptive language in this book series. If you are into action, which these kinds of books are, you want it to move along a little bit faster. It felt like I was dragging my reading body through mud. This was like a "book to far". I couldn't wait for it to end. It wasn't bad enough to just put it down but it was way too long. Also it seemed that the author was using too much descriptive language in this book series. If you are into action, which these kinds of books are, you want it to move along a little bit faster. It felt like I was dragging my reading body through mud.

  14. 4 out of 5

    allendwhite1956

    David Rivers Series I hadn't read about the author before reading the series but while reading the! I knew that it had to have been written by a real war veteran. It was all so realistic, the writer had to have experienced the real thing. Very good story and we'll written David Rivers Series I hadn't read about the author before reading the series but while reading the! I knew that it had to have been written by a real war veteran. It was all so realistic, the writer had to have experienced the real thing. Very good story and we'll written

  15. 4 out of 5

    Debra Spotts

    Riveting I typically don’t care for this type of book, but this kept me turning page after page,not being able to put it down. I read the first 3 books in 34 hours. I spent every spare moment possible reading because I just could not put it down!!

  16. 5 out of 5

    ROBERT D. WHITT

    I really liked this series. Will be reading #4 shortly. It is downloaded. I really liked this series. I will be reading #4 shortly. It is downloaded. How old is the Handler? I guess 54.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dedra Johnson

    Pretty good Not exactly my kind of genre. Just trying something new and it was a pretty good book.Will read more from him.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jack Rilkoff

    Very good read. I will be reading more in this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Everett Morss

    Gripping Tale from a new perspective Takes awhile to get used to a different style. By the time you do you are hooked and thoroughly enjoying the ride.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Great series

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jan Blake

    Not very good

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ev

    The Rivers Series It is hard to put down I found it riveting. Well written and fast moving an action junkies Series. Just glad it was brought to my attention.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Don

    What a ride! What a Ride! Fast paced and full of unexpected twists, this ride is fun and frustratingly captures the reader with an unexpected ending.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark Grove

    Ingenious Plot twists and turns like bobby socks on American Bandstand to Chubby Checker. Brutal combat. Exotic locals. All thumbs up. Bravo!

  25. 4 out of 5

    EmileBeridon

    Depressing Could not get through this book, the attitude of the two characters was depressing. Having suffered through a period of depression, I may be biased.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Stokesbary

    It was pretty good I would recommend.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mkon

    Do yourself a favor and read the David Rivers series if you like action, violence, and adventure.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Craig

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robert Thurlow

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gregg Harcus

  31. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  32. 5 out of 5

    Dries

  33. 4 out of 5

    James R Campbell

  34. 4 out of 5

    Geraldine Crawford

  35. 5 out of 5

    Henry Eisenson

  36. 4 out of 5

    Tim Herman

  37. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Hotz

  38. 5 out of 5

    Roger B. Hansen

  39. 5 out of 5

    Lynne M Connolly

  40. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  41. 4 out of 5

    mick lynch

  42. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Walters

  43. 4 out of 5

    Robin F. McDermott

  44. 5 out of 5

    Deby

  45. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Johnstone

  46. 4 out of 5

    james t.. norton

  47. 4 out of 5

    Peter Wilkes

  48. 4 out of 5

    simeon goder

  49. 4 out of 5

    William T Rice

  50. 5 out of 5

    Mary Lou Carlson

  51. 4 out of 5

    RANDY ERVIN

  52. 4 out of 5

    Steve Jeffers

  53. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Mershon

  54. 5 out of 5

    Janice G Griswold

  55. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Selwood

  56. 4 out of 5

    Andrew157

  57. 5 out of 5

    David C. Pieper

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