Olympus Rises by Jim Roberts is a fast-paced speculative fiction novel featuring the exploits of Danny Callbeck, a Canadian Special Forces operative assigned to a joint mission with an elite unit in the war-torn country of Kazinistan. The regime of President Asamat Karimov is under siege by forces of the Taliban, and the commandos find themselves pitted against a Private Military Company spearheaded by a cyber-enhanced unit known as Olympus. Danny and his teammates, Joe Braddock and a Russian mercenary called Krieger, find that Dr. Toshiro Yune holds the key to a devious conspiracy. The conflict rises to a fever pitch as Colonel Jackson Walsh forces Danny to choose between Joe and the success of the mission itself. Time becomes his worst enemy as Commander Dante, the formidable Agrippina and their robotic Centurion force looms along the collision course ahead.
The theme of comradeship resonates throughout the tale as we explore the relationships between Isabella Cordova, Brick Reynolds and Corporal Tennyson among other members of the commando team. Although they represent different races, creeds and genders, they are part of the band of brothers who will readily risk their lives in defense of their comrades. The validity of their mission is called into question as they are thrown into a battle against private army in a foreign country where interests and allegiances are cloudy at best. Roberts raises the question as to how far our military will be forced in defending our allies abroad, and where we and they will finally draw the line.
For military aficionados and action/adventure fans alike, Olympus Rises by Jim Roberts is a worthy addition to any book lovers’ collection.
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