Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander, said her most anticipated book is The Starless Crown by #1 New York Times bestselling author James Rollins—who said “Status-6 is the best book I’ve read this year.”
“Status-6 is my vote for Thriller of the Year. The protagonist is Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan meets Lee Child’s Jack Reacher.” —Grant Blackwood, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Under Fire
“Status-6, is the best book I’ve read this year—a ripped-from-the-headlines military technothriller that literally left me awake at night, fearful of where we’re headed as a nation and a species. What’s next after the nightmare coronavirus pandemic? Don’t miss this first book in the NCIS Special Ops series that promises to shatter the thriller genre.” —James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Demon Crown (Sigma Force)
“Status-6 grabs you from page one and doesn’t let you go. The global security crisis revealed in this book is all-too-real and could well be tomorrow’s headlines. The characters are well-nuanced and provide a powerful urge to root for or against them. Don’t read this thriller before going to bed—you’ll be awake all night!” –George Galdorisi, New York Times bestselling author of the Tom Clancy Op Center series
Status-6 is a high-concept political and military thriller that will appeal to the 200 million fans of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan books. Also, to fans of the Jack Ryan Amazon TV series, which has propelled legacy Tom Clancy books onto bestseller lists. Status-6 will appeal to the 47 million fans of the #1 drama in the world: the NCIS TV series, and to fans of The American TV series.
Status-6: An NCIS Special Ops Thriller is the first in a series from the New York Times bestselling author of Red November, takes us deep inside the inner workings of NCIS and the U.S., Russian, and Chinese navies, as well as inside SEAL Team Two—the only Arctic-trained team that undertakes missions as dangerous and daring as SEAL Team Six. W. Craig Reed brings to bear his expertise as a U.S. Navy Diver and submariner to deliver a taut thriller riddled with unexpected plot twists. Using inside information gleaned from high-level contacts, Reed delivers details about AI and cutting-edge military platforms with the intrigue and accuracy reminiscent of Tom Clancy.
Deep beneath the Arctic Ocean, a covert team of Chinese operatives uses stolen U.S. technology to capture Russia’s newest attack submarine. Loaded with 100-megaton nuclear torpedoes, the sub is headed west. The Americans want to sink her, the Russians want her back, and the Chinese claim they’re not responsible.
NCIS agent Jon Shay is a former SEAL Team Two operator. Still shattered by the murder of his wife a year earlier, he places the barrel of a revolver against his temple, spins the cylinder, and squeezes the trigger. He hears only a click—and the chime of his phone. Activated for a mission in the Arctic, Jon pairs with British scientist Kate Barrett to battle a ticking clock, trained operatives, and top government officials. Together, they must find and stop the world’s most lethal submarine. The stakes are raised when they learn that the Russian sub is controlled by an infected AI system bent on completing its mission to create a nuclear winter.
Status–6 by W. Craig Reed follows Jon Shay, a widower engaged in a cat and mouse game of Russian roulette, still filled with raw grief, and riddled with self -reproach one year after the drowning of his late wife Annelia. Unwilling to accept comfort, his mind filled with irrational thoughts, and suffocating in self-flagellation, Jon is at a crossroads and the only thing keeping him afloat is his work at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Jon’s mission takes him to Alaska where temperatures are minus twenty-three degrees during the day and drop to minus thirty degrees at night, and men are required to be tough to thrive in the harsh environment. Agent Shay’s assignment is to conduct a meticulous criminal investigation within a limited time frame and uncover whether or not the sudden and untimely death of the Petty Officer aboard the USS Connecticut submarine was due to nefarious reasons. As the plot thickens and Agent Shay is caught in the middle of the spider’s web, will he be able to keep his wits about him and rely on his past Seal training to steer clear of the firing line?
Status–6 by W. Craig Reed is a crisp and articulate work of fiction about Jon Shay--a guilt-ridden, remorseful, grieving widower with a death wish--and Agent Shay, the highly skilled Naval Criminal Investigative Service operative and the embodiment of masculinity. The author makes use of clever metaphors like, ‘Three geriatric bulbs lit the way’ and euphemisms such as, ‘he had cast off from the shores of life’. Agent Shay will need to unpick a jigsaw puzzle and put the pieces back together while battling an Arctic ice storm as well as the raging storm within himself and the one caused by those around him. The nail-biting action was fast-paced and kept me riveted as the author painted a black picture of Jon Shay the man, combined with the hazardous world inhabited by Agent Shay, the NCIS operative. This novel is a suspense-filled, roller coaster ride. The fast-paced action with its numerous twists and turns had me riveted to my seat to the last page!
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