By Matthew Bitz
A few months ago, I published a review about a best selling book called Rogue Warrior, by Richard Marcinko, an ex-Navy SEAL, it chronicles his years in service of his country in Vietnam and of the creation of SEAL Team Six and Red Cell. For those of you that read Rogue Warrior and enjoyed like I did, you will be happy to know that Richard Marcinko has written several books that, while fictional are truly and thoroughly enjoyable tales of his further adventures. Rogue Warrior: Red Cell, Green Team, Task Force Blue, and Seal Force Alpha. They are all written from the perspective of Marcinko as the commander of different Special Forces units that combat terrorism and traitors.
Marcinkos' first book, Rogue Warrior, was a page-turner by all accounts and spent time in the New York Times #1 Bestseller slot for a considerable amount of time, and his other works, while fictional, have lost none of the authors robust style of storytelling. There is a certain type of attitude to Marcinkos' books that sets them aside form the rest of the genre, a sort of been-there-done-that style that lends itself to the page, providing fictional literature with an insider's viewpoint. The novels progress with the pace and speed of a well executed SpecOp.
Red Cell tells how the Navy recalls Marcinko to active duty and put in command of, (who else?) Red Cell, the crack unit that he created years ago. This band of elite warriors is sent off on a global wide search for missing nuclear warheads and end up exposing a traitor deep within the US government. Green Team is basically run along the same premise only this time their quarry is missing canisters of biological warfare agent.
Sound familiar? Well OK, maybe it is but than almost all books of the military/action-adventure genre suffer from a massive lack of security regarding tactical nuclear weaponry. If it weren't for poor security where would Tom Clancy and every other author be? Although the basic plots may be a little unoriginal the style with which they are told is all their own and Marcinkos'. As with Rogue Warrior, the language is salty enough that young kids shouldn't be reading it. But on the whole, if you have read anything in the genre before and liked it, I guarantee that you will like these books, they are Demo Dick Marcinko at his best.