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Larry bond's first team, Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice

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Larry bond's first team
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Larry bond's first team
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Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice
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First team
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eng
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  • Bond, the author of a string of best-selling techno-thrillers, has achieved the sort of status that lets a writer stick his own name right in the title of his book. This is the first installment of a series of novels spotlighting twenty-first-century warfare: wars fought not by armies, but by small groups of highly trained experts, in other words, by intelligence not firepower. At the center of this novel is the First Team, a small unit created by the CIA to “address unconventional threats in an unconventional way” and currently operating undercover in the former Soviet Union, tracking radioactive waste that could, in the hands of a particularly clever terrorist, be used to wreak havoc on an unsuspecting world. The team is an entirely fictional creation, but Bond and cowriter DeFelice (who’s also collaborated with Stephen Coonts and Dale Brown) combine research and imagination to make the whole premise seem completely plausible. The team itself--a CIA officer, a marine, and two Special Forces commandos--is a lively quartet of characters, trading witticisms and good-natured insults as they try to save the world from an evil villain. In fact, Bond may finally have learned how to create characters who feel like people, not stick figures or functions of an overly complicated plot. Fans of his muscular techno-thrillers will thoroughly enjoy this new novel, and clamor for more First Team adventures. Readers who’ve tried a Bond novel, and failed to find much to enjoy, ought to give this one a try; they’ll be pleasantly surprised. -- David Pitt (BookList, 03-15-2004, p1243)
  • The troops of the small Special Ops force in this latest novel by Bond (Red Phoenix , etc.) spend about equal time bantering with each other and blowing up stuff: buildings, vehicles and even thugs who stand in their way. Aside from its inherent entertainment value (which is considerable), this is a good formula because it allows Bond and coauthor DeFelice to smoothly fold in an enormous amount of exposition and to introduce, over the course of a hundred or so short chapters, the individual members of Joint Services Special Demands Project Office, known to insiders as simply the Team, for the novel is the kickoff of a projected series about the new war on terror. Smooth, shrewd Bob Ferguson leads them, engineering their escape from a tricky trap in Kyrgyzstan early on. The MacGuffin: a planned meeting with Russian wheeler dealer Alex Sheremetev in Kyrgyzstan goes awry when Ferg finds Sheremetev's murdered corpse. Before you can say frameup , local police have arrested Team member Jack "Guns" Young (a Marine and language expert) for the crime. It's up to Ferg, Connors (the old man and explosives expert) and Rankin (the young hothead) to rescue Guns and find the real killer—and that's just for starters. Back in Washington, Corrine Alston, chief adviser to the new president, disdains the maverick modus operandi of the Team and Ferg in particular, so much so that she flies to Russia to confront and control him. Her slow journey from skeptic to supporter is the novel's most entertaining and mainstream plot thread, the reader on her shoulder as she's immersed in the rough and tumble adventures of the Team. This is a solid series debut. Agent, Robert Gottlieb at Trident Media Group . (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 29, 2004) (Publishers Weekly, vol 251, issue 13, p37)
  • A mythically capable CIA operative leads a team of intrepid, off-the-books warriors in a battle to defuse a terrorist dead-set on the destruction of Honolulu.Bond's (The Enemy Within, 1996) army of readers, who expect the full armory of barely even invented, occasionally imaginary gadgets to be deployed at a breakneck pace, will be thoroughly satisfied with this first-in-a-series collaboration with the useful Jim DeFelice, who has helped out fellow technowarriors Stephen Coontz and Dale Brown. The threat to everything we hold dear is seldom-seen Samman Bin Saqr, a terrorist who makes bin Laden look like a piker. Bin Saqr has laid low for five years, all the while accumulating atomic waste from dirty corners of the old Soviet empire. His plan is to irradiate Honolulu and its hinterland so thoroughly that it will be uninhabitable for eons and the great Satan will be more humbled than ever. Fortunately for the great Satan, there is Bob Ferguson, a CIA operative who, even though he's walking around with thyroid cancer, is capable of navigating the treacherous slopes and deserts of the Stans, firing any number of weapons from the hip, outfoxing Russian intelligence officers, sending scores of scurvy Chechnyans to their makers, and ordering off the menu in any number of obscure southwest Asian languages. Ferguson's been on the case of the missing nuclear waste for some time, a hunt that keeps putting him in Chechnyan rebel territory, but he's always got a way out of the jams he and "The Team," his band of army and marine merrymakers, crash into. He may have met his match, however, in brilliant, 26-year-old presidential counselor Corinne Atkins, his new boss. Corinne has been ordered to take a close look at both The Team and The Threat, orders that jet her to the Chechnyan front, where Ferguson, who has no use for her, has followed Bin Saqr's scent nearly to the abandoned Soviet air base where the poisonous 747 is ready to fly.Action on every page. Maybe in every paragraph. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2004)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
123471
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Bond, Larry
Dewey number
813/.54
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no index present
LC call number
PS3552.O59725
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fiction
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1956-
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DeFelice, Jim
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True
Series statement
First team series
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0001
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  • Radioactive wastes
  • Terrorism
  • Intelligence officers
  • Military intelligence
  • Honolulu (Hawaii)
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adult
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Larry bond's first team, Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice
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"A Forge book."
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
365 pages
Isbn
9780765346384
Lccn
2004040356
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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9780765307118
Label
Larry bond's first team, Larry Bond and Jim DeFelice
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Forge book."
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
365 pages
Isbn
9780765346384
Lccn
2004040356
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780765307118

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