Edge of Battle - Jason Richter, Bk 2 Author:Dale Brown Tensions have never been greater along America's border with Mexico. To aid his narcotics smuggling operation, criminal kingpin Ernesto Fuerza—under the name "Commander Veracruz" and the false banner of Mexican nationalism—is calling for an armed revolution to take back the southwestern United States. And the cold-blood... more »ed slaughter of a group of U.S. border guards may be the direct result of Fuerza's incendiary words . . . or of something far worse.
A new, potentially devastating threat to America's safety looms large—and Operation Rampart has been executed to combat it. A controversial test base located in Southern California and run by Major Jason Richter and his high-tech special operations unit TALON, it is the last line of defense against the firestorm of violence, bloodshed, and terror that is rapidly approaching from the south. But an even greater force might be behind the impending catastrophe: a powerful nemesis fanatically dedicated to vengeance . . . and annihilation.« less
Sharon (Catspaw) reviewed Edge of Battle (Jason Richter, Bk 2) on
Helpful Score: 1
Obviously a sequel, and hard to follow some of the references if you didn't read the prior book, which I didn't.
This book left me a little cold. There was absolutely no character development, so the characters were little more than avatars: The techno-soldier with no leadership experience, The sergeant-major now an advisor to the president, the various other advisors who are the usual predictable political types, etc. There was little evidence that any of these characters had an inner life, a past, or an existence outside of the rather limited dialogue. The characters on the other side are only a little more fleshed out.
There are, on the other hand, long and detailed descriptions of the various military applications - both of thier physical attributes and abilities, and also thier tech geneology. There are also lengthy battle scenes.
The "battle" is largely centered around the illegal immigration and border issues with Mexico, with a seeming goal of pointing out that controlling the border only leads to worse problems on both sides. If you feel strongly about this issue, this may be a book you want to skip.