Shadow Catcher

Shadow Catcher Over ten years ago Air Force major Nick Baron was part of a failed special ops mission that left a B stealth bomber at the bottom of the Persian Gulf Now leading his men the Triple Seven Chase tea

  • Title: Shadow Catcher
  • Author: James R. Hannibal
  • ISBN: 9780425266878
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Paperback
  • Over ten years ago, Air Force major Nick Baron was part of a failed special ops mission that left a B 2 stealth bomber at the bottom of the Persian Gulf Now, leading his men the Triple Seven Chase team Baron must find the bomber and dispose of it for good before any unfriendly nation can steal the onboard technology for its own purposes But as the team embarks on its misOver ten years ago, Air Force major Nick Baron was part of a failed special ops mission that left a B 2 stealth bomber at the bottom of the Persian Gulf Now, leading his men the Triple Seven Chase team Baron must find the bomber and dispose of it for good before any unfriendly nation can steal the onboard technology for its own purposes But as the team embarks on its mission, there are greater dangers waiting.When the CIA intercepts a call signal from an operative in China long thought dead, the Triple Seven Chase team is given the perilous task of retrieving the lone soldier from deep within the Chinese wilderness There is only one plane for such a dangerous mission the Shadow Catcher, a plane with capabilities beyond anything that has ever flown.What Baron and his men don t know is that the enemy is already among them and that the Shadow Catcher itself may be the ultimate prize.

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    1. "This is our foxhole, and in foxholes, sometimes faith is all you've got.""Shadow Catcher" is an exciting military techno thriller. It was plot-driven rather than character-based but aren't most military thrillers?Some military thrillers I just can't get into because of an overabundance of military jargon and acronyms but this one had a nice balance of military and personal drama and author Hannibal explained the military subject matter in a way that was easy to understand. He was also able to d [...]

    2. Exciting and thought-provoking! This is not your run-of-the-mill techno-thriller. Hannibal knows his topic from real-world experience as a stealth pilot, and he definitely makes the tech a character in the story. But there is much more to be found here than gee-whiz gadgets. Shadow Catcher is a mystery, a spy-vs-spy hunt for a mole that we can't be sure even exists. It is also psychological, following Nick Baron's struggle to come to grips with the PTSD that is fueling is self-doubt and paranoia [...]

    3. A surprisingly good read. I really enjoyed Shadow Catcher. The characters are more interesting than what you usually find in military fiction, and their relationships, or lack thereof, work well. Mr. Hannibal does a nice job with each character's backstory, so when the payoffs come, they are believable. Shadow Catcher is no The Hunt for Red October, but then again what is? Honestly, this book reminds me more of a vintage Clive Cussler story than the grittier thrillers we see today. It rolls at a [...]

    4. A really good military thriller. The story was well-paced; it kept me turning pages if when i needed to stop reading and go to bed. There was some interesting, gee-whiz military technology involved which was thankfully kept in the background. Sometimes authors go into too much detail about the tech (Tom Clancy, I'm looking at you). I prefer to see authors putting more effort to develop the characters than the tech. I'll be on the look out for more books by Hannibal.

    5. The storyline of the main characters is interesting, giving you a background for what is happening. You get to know the characters and care about them throughout the story, laughing at their jokes and crying when they are in danger. Once the mission started it was non-stop, edge of your seat action. I read the 2nd half of the book in one sitting, shushing everyone who interrupted me. My kids kept asking what was going on in the book and I couldn't stop reading to tell them. Loved it!

    6. I will be short. This is a thriller of the Tom Clancy ilk. Had trouble putting it down. Creative, nicely written.

    7. Shadow Catcher… I think from reading the back of the book, I was expecting a more techno-military thriller along the lines of Clancy, but actually I think this book reads a tad more like Cussler. The two seemingly main characters in the series, Drake and Nick, seemed to have an Al Giordino and Dirk Pitt vibe. Although I think this is the second book in the series (never read anything else by the author), it was a bit unique in that it felt more like this was the tenth book in the series, like [...]

    8. I have been a fan of the military techno thriller since Tom Clancy made that genre popular in mid-1980s. I am therefore often on the lookout for authors who craft engaging stories in that genre. James Hannibal was my most recent hope.I dove into "Shadow Catcher" with high hopes. Hannibal did his best to employ a layered story telling approach as he unfolded his story, but I have to admit that after about the first 1/4 of the book I was experiencing something akin to mental whiplash as the book j [...]

    9. The author was new to me when I found _Shadow Catcher_ sitting on the shelf in the thrillers section of the bookstore. It has a B-2 on the cover, the author flew B-2's & A-10's (my favorite plane), so I thought this would be something along the lines of a Dale Brown type of book. Oh, so wrong. The primary good guy characters are B-2 pilots who act like SEALs. Most of the book centers around them on the ground. Any flying is mundane, even when they have to enter super contested airspace of Ch [...]

    10. Dollycas’s ThoughtsI have Mr. James R. Hannibal to thank for a heck of a book hangover. I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down.James R. Hannibal is a veteran combat pilot with Top Secret clearance from the U.S. government and he writes what he knows and he does it really well. The thing I really appreciated was this story is written for people like me and the military jargon was kept to a minimum. My husband enjoys Tom Clancy but his stories sometimes read like a military handb [...]

    11. Nick Baron is fighting an emotional and mental demon of which he isn't completely aware. Married with a newborn son, Baron travels around the world on missions he can't talk about.On the other side of the world, Chinese General Zheng schemes to become the next minister and apprehend the latest and greatest war time technology.Airforce pilot David Novak went down and was captured by the Chinese over ten years ago. When he finally escapes, he finds a forgotten refuge and contacts a world that has [...]

    12. Wow, I never expected anything half this good. I had picked it based on it's title and didn't expect much, in fact I almost had dropped it after the first few chapters. I'm glad I didn't.The characters felt genuine, their baggage was reasonable, and their interactions with each other felt real. Nick was a great hero, he was neither perfect or crass like other characters in thrillers.This is the first book in a while (especially from a thriller) where I couldn't put it down, I was sympathetic and [...]

    13. An excellent thriller of a story. It is so well written, that it will keep you guessing. Things aren't always as what they seem to be. Moment to moment, second to second, you will not want to stop turning the pages as this draws you into the excitement and surprises that only a covert military intelligence operation can present. A "Must read!"

    14. I received my first James Hannibal as a giveaway and have been hooked ever since. These are tightly written page turning military thrillers. They are in the same genre as Dale Brown, Stephen Coonts, Tom Clancy etc. Great plot and a very good read. I look forward to seeing more from this author.

    15. Disclaimer: I won this book from .I should have known, when an American pilot was shot down in the prologue, the characters would be in danger. I never expected they would be in that much peril. This book contained plenty of harrowing moments, but it included some comedy to relieve the pressure. I enjoyed the story and would read the continuing adventures of Triple Seven Chase.

    16. I won this on and have just finished the book so am writing a review. Although I am not typically a reader of military type fiction, the story line intrigued me about a USAF pilot held captive in China for years. I don't want to give away the story, let's just say that good triumphs over evil with a large does of good ole US patriotism.

    17. An adult military/spy thriller. One I picked up at the library because I thought the cover looked like something my boys might look at (hey, a gal can try, right?). I was surprised how much I enjoyed it- totally plot based, but a page turner and a fun read.

    18. OK, but not great. It took a while to get going. I didn't care a lot about the characters, they didn't seem fully three dimensional. The character development comes in one paragraph: Nick B has an epiphany. Lots of action, and it's all about the plot. At the end it felt like "3 guys defeat Chinese military" in an action scene that might have taken 15 minutes. Very clear lines of good vs. evil, therefore it's hard not to cheer for the good guys. I did finish the book, but I will think long and ha [...]

    19. Based on the tangibly militaristic yet visually arresting cover art, featuring a lone stealth bomber slicing through dusky skies, boxed in by rippling American and Chinese national flags, I immediately snatched up a copy of Shadow Catcher and headed for the checkout lanes as memories of air combat simulator games jolted through my mind. I assumed the technothriller would blend the unrealistically advanced warfare of the film Stealth with the politically illegal combat caper of the film Flight of [...]

    20. One final mission for the retired operative and one plane, "the shadow catcher" by James R. Hannibal. One retired operative, leading a 10 man team into a impossible mission. One plane sitting at the bottom of the Persian gulf and one man sitting in a POW camp in the middle of a Chinese forest. With the impossible mission on nicks shoulders and ten men's life's as well. It's up to him not to mess up.The author uses three main elements in this story to pull the reader in with the characters of the [...]

    21. Oh boy. What a waste of my time.While I appreciate the author's service to our country as a pilot, I can't approve of his writing skills.Sure, the story line was interesting, but dear God, the dialog and fight scenes were amateurish.I got as far as page 259 before my sensibility and realism overcame this book.The character "Nick" was a real *ss, who I literally wanted to climb into the book to massage his face.Sorry James Hannibal, but you are still trying to catch your shadow on this one.

    22. So, so thriller about a "sub-rosa" Spec Op group (Triple Seven).Hannibal does a very good job of fleshing out characters, their strengths, flaws & failings which intrigued me enough to probably read another in the series this one the group rescues a down aviator from Red China & flushes out a mole operating for years within American intelligenceh!

    23. In the grand tradition of Clancy, this is a new author I will follow! Excellent, classic thriller style read- engaging characters with issues- high-tech gadgetry and ripping action- this was a terrific read. If you like Dale Brown, Clancy, Cussler, etcyou have to check out James Hannibal's novels- I just ordered the next one in this series!

    24. Leave it to a military man to deliver an action-packed book full of high-tech gadgets and juicy authentic details about the ops. This is the first book I've read by James R. Hannibal and it will not be my last. I'm looking forward to reading what assignment Triple Seven Chase has to accomplish next!

    25. This is the first book I've read by Mr. Hannibal, and it won't be the last. The writing is solid, the characters believable, and the p lot interesting. with more writing practice, Mr. Hannibal could easily join the ranks of Tom Clancy. While the characters could have used more development, this still is a good, strong story. I'll be anxious to follow this author's career.

    26. I've got to say, I loved this book! It's like Tom Clancy meets Clive Cussler and they start a fight outside a Chinese biker bar. It is a blast! Highly recommended! Nick Baron will be giving Dirk Pitt a run for his money!

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