Monday, August 19, 2013

Necessary Retribution by Mike McNeff --Review and Giveaway


This review is in conjunction with a book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Mike will be awarding an ebook (international) of GOTU by Mike McNeff at each stop to a randomly drawn commenter, along with a grand prize of a paperback (US only) of GOTU to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. The other stops on the tour can be found by clicking the tour banner.

“We don’t need you guys for easy missions.”

Those words set the stage for the entry of Robin Marlette and his team of ex-cops into the world of covert operations and counter-terrorism. After two years of intense training by the best special ops teams in the US military, The CIA and the world situation propel the team into dangerous and complex missions that threaten the world’s balance of power and tests the team to the ragged edge of their abilities.

Author Mike McNeff continues the saga of the Guardians, first introduced in his first novel GOTU and takes the reader on another action packed roller coaster of a story. You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat as Robin leads his men while they capture international criminals, rescue hostages and fight terrorists all over the globe...with the help of unlikely partners. Mike’s research into the historical background is evident and adds frightening realism to the plot.

If you like to be swept away with tense and exciting action, this book is for you.

With a writing style reminiscent of Tom Clancy, author Mike McNeff creates a story that intrigues and a group of characters the reader can care about.

First, let me say that this is the second in a series. Aside from some references by Robin "Rob" Marlette to "the attack" (which upon some research I discovered apparently happened in the first book when his daughter was kidnapped) I never felt in the least bit lost. This book very ably stands alone.

It's complex and full of details. This is both good and bad... it makes it difficult to get into at the beginning (which also made me think of Clancy ... I have the same problem with his books) because so much information is being presented and we haven't gotten to know the characters enough to care about what happens.  I recommend you stick with it, though, because once you do get to know the group of characters involved in The Guardians, you won't want to stop.

I admit, too, that I hadn't realized when I chose to read this book that it's set in the recent past.  When the discussion of Saddam Hussein invading Kuwait came up, it had me scratching my head.  My husband fought in Desert Storm, so this event is something I'm familiar with.  But once I got past that, it was full steam ahead.

I love the group dynamic between the members of this group Robin has organized, as well as the interactions with his family.  And, though the action was exciting and interesting, it's this dynamic that kept me reading. 

All-in-all, Necessary Retribution was a good book.  Despite the difficulty I had engaging with the story at the beginning, I'm glad I read it.  It's full of action, great characters and good, complex writing.  If you like books by Tom Clancy, this might be a good fit for you.

4 Flowers - This was a very good book! I'd recommend it to my friends.

Mike McNeff is a cop who writes about cops. He was born in San Angelo, Texas to an U.S. Air Force family. His early years saw much travel across the U.S. and the Far East. Mike attended Arizona State University and Arizona State College of Law (now Sandra Day O'Connor Law School).

He began his law enforcement career in 1969 with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. He also served with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department in Washington State. He has worked patrol, criminal intelligence, narcotics, and has been a SWAT team leader and commander as well as a hostage negotiator. Mike has instructed at the Arizona Highway Patrol Academy, Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy, the DEA Narcotics Commanders’ School and DEA Marijuana Eradication School, the Arizona Law Enforcement Academy, the Chandler/Gilbert Law Enforcement Academy and has lectured in many other law enforcement training venues around the country. Mike retired from law enforcement in 2009 as a Police Legal Advisor and an officer with the Chandler Police Department in Arizona.

Mike has also been a Deputy County Attorney for Maricopa County, AZ and the Prosecuting Attorney for Okanogan County, WA. He is an experienced trial attorney in both criminal and civil cases. He has successfully defended police officers accused of civil rights violations in federal court. He is a member of the Arizona State Bar and the Washington State Bar.

Mike started writing after he retired. Necessary Retribution is his second novel. He is currently finishing a western and working on the third installment of the adventures of the Guardians. Writing has become Mike’s new career.

Mike is married to his wife Linda, has four grown children and seven grandchildren. He likes to cruise on his boat, fish, crab, bike, play guitar, shoot and of course write.
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  1. Great blurb


  2. Nice review

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  3. Thanks for such a great post!

  4. Thank you for hosting and the nice review, Mike

  5. This sounds like a really good book, and your review makes it sound even better. Can't wait to read it!



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