Tom Clancy fan’s rejoice, a new player has entered the Thriller genre.
5 out of 5 stars
Follow Sean Havens a 20-year veteran black-ops operative as he is challenged in ways that even he doesn’t see coming. Thrown into the world that he was once fighting against, Havens is forced to make decisions to protect those that he loves along the way.
Narration for Safe Havens: Shadow Masters was done by Charles Kahlenberg. My only qualm is that the first few chapters were a little fast. I wasn’t prepared for that. Normally I start a book at normal speed and progressively speed it up as I get used to the narrators tone and delivery. But this one started out at around a 1.5 (without speeding up). The speed gets better after the first few chapters, but it is still something to watch out for. The narrator’s voice is perfect for this story/character, though. I would definitely listen to another Patten/Kahlenberg audiobook.
I love when a book can grab my attention in the beginning. I love even more when it does this AND won’t let it go throughout. That’s how I felt while I was reading Safe Havens: Shadow Masters. This genre usually isn’t something I read a lot of but I have dabbled from time to time. If all Military/Thriller books were this good, I’d be reading a lot more of them.
Patten’s style reminds me of Tom Clancy with slightly more edge, which are not words to be thrown around lightly. I loved the black ops/covert stuff within, it makes me tingle with excitement when I don’t know what’s going to happen next.
A few times this reminded me of the Bourne books/movies (some of my all-time favorites in the genre), and others you could tell this was a whole new beast.
I will be on the watch out for J.T. Patten’s other books, and I’m really glad that I picked this one up to review.
Former government and military advisor, J.T. Patten has written a “blacker than black” thriller in his new black operations series, Safe Havens. Readers who enjoy classic military thriller characters like Mitch Rapp and Jack Reacher will tear through pages as these black ops soldiers become unwittingly embroiled in unsanctioned government programs to stage proxy attacks and spoof terror events on U.S. soil to jumpstart military spending. The story is permeated with Patten’s experience in supporting covert activities. Readers will experience jaw-dropping twists and ultimately question who is good or bad in the blurred lines of morally ambiguous national security, as a fallible intelligence specialist and family man, Sean Havens, enters the world of terrorism and espionage set ups.
“J.T. Patten” has worked with the intelligence and special operations community in support of national defense and policy. He has a degree in Foreign Language, a Masters in Strategic Intelligence, graduate studies in Counter Terrorism, and numerous expertise certifications in forensics, fraud, and financial crime investigations. Patten shares these unique experiences with readers to give them a taste of “the black.”
His novel is written in a multi-layered thriller plot style that provides a compelling inside view of larger than life covert activities in addition to the gripping turmoil that warriors suffer while battling foes and internal demons.