As a former Special Operations soldier, Deckard freelanced as a mercenary and got more than he bargained for. Now, as the commander of a Private Military Company called Samruk International, Deckard finds work as Mexico begins its final decent into chaos.
Hitting the ground with a small recon element, he will first have to rescue a newly minted police chief named Samantha from the clutches of a drug cartel before blitzing across southern Mexico. However, he can’t do it alone. His success hinges on forging an unlikely alliance between Samruk International, Zapatista rebels, and the Central Intelligence Agency.
The Stewmaker. Captain Nemo. The Beast. These are a few of the human savages that Deckard and his mercenaries will have to trade fire with as they service one target after the next. But in the background, watching and waiting, is a far more dangerous threat. The Arab works behind the scenes, instigating conflicts and initiating one crisis after the next.
As Deckard follows The Arab’s bloody trail, he finds that it leads north, into the very heart of America.
For those of you who are interested in reading Target Deck but have not read the first Deckard novel, Reflexive Fire, I will help get you up to speed with this post. First off, you can jump right into Target Deck and follow along just fine if you have not read the first book even if few references to the previous novel might not make sense to you. That said, I will summarize for you here.
Reflexive Fire introduces the protagonist named Deckard. He is a former Special Operations soldier who is currently on the outs with his former employers in the CIA. At the moment he is accepting jobs from a handler, a shady Vietnam-era Special Forces veteran who assigns him targets for assassination. Okay, so you’re thinking that you’ve seen this plot plenty of times before, I know. That’s just the intro.
I hope everyone enjoys reading Target Deck as much as I did writing it, as I really pushed myself to take this book several steps beyond what readers are familiar with. While most novels would end when the protagonist defeats the drug lord, that is where this book starts to get really interesting as Deckard begins to question why the cartel has access to large stockpiles of US military weapons.
The Fast and Furious scandal broke while I was writing this book, effecting the direction I took it in. As I developed some contacts I found that “Fast and Furious” is really just a drop in the bucket compared to some of the other shady stuff going on.
Please let me know what you think of the book, your feedback is always welcome!
Deckard will return for the third novel in this series titled Direct Action but I’ll discuss that some other time.
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About the Author
Jack Murphy is an eight year Army Special Operations veteran who served as a Sniper and Team Leader in 3rd Ranger Battalion and as a Senior Weapons Sergeant on a Military Free Fall team in 5th Special Forces Group.
Having left the military in 2010, he is now working towards a degree in Political Science at Columbia University. Murphy is the author of Reflexive Fire, Target Deck, the PROMIS series, and numerous non-fiction articles about Weapons, Tactics, Special Operations, Terrorism, and Counter-Terrorism. He has appeared in documentaries, national television, and syndicated radio.