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All Out War
Eric Steele #2
BY Sean Parnell

William Morrow
Sept 3, 2019/ ISBN 9780062668813

Reviewed by Elise Cooper

All Out War by Sean Parnell is a thrilling read. There is non-stop action that takes readers on a roller coaster ride. With his vast personal experience, Parnell can bring some realism to the story.

“It is important in all my books to have a theme and a moral question. In this story, Steele questions whether he is a man or a servant? Both Eric and the villain have asked themselves this question. Are both servants of their country, bound to a higher power, or do they have a choice in the matter? Steele sometimes feels like a pawn that is asked to kill the king. By the end of the book, he discovers he is someone who has chosen to serve. He realizes he wants to serve in something greater than himself and that the US ideals are worth defending. The underlying theme, is the mission worth it? I think this is a question every soldier who has put on a uniform, regardless of the generation, has asked themselves.”

Having served in the Army’s Infantry Unit in Afghanistan, Parnell is able to create a true heroic warrior. He retired from service as a highly decorated Captain, receiving 2 Bronze Stars (one for valor), and the Purple Heart. His fictional hero, Eric Steele, is also someone readers can relate to. In this second in the series, Steele has just returned to his Alpha unit after recuperating from an injury. An Alpha is an elite Clandestine operative assigned to a unit known simply as ‘The Program.” Its purpose is to give the United States President another option.

This plot begins with Steele being attacked while having his mother over for dinner. Utilizing some formidable skills, a small arsenal of weapons, and his state-of-the-art security system, Steele fought back and even manages to get away in his Pontiac GTO. Unfortunately, his adversary ambushes him, putting Steele and his mother in the hospital. Although his mother is in a medically induced coma, he is able to recover quickly with some experimental treatment. Vowing to find the person or persons who initiated this attack, he soon realizes that this is more than a personal vendetta. There are international implications that will put the world on the brink of war.

With the help of his girlfriend, Meg Harden, Steele finds out who attacked his mother, the same person behind the devious plan. It is a terrorist known as Zakayev, who just escaped from a Russian maximum-security prison. After breaking his friend out of a black site, he plans on joining forces with Hassan Sitta, a man who’s shown his prowess and ingenuity with bomb making.

Full of action and adventure, this plot involves international intrigue. Readers will enjoy taking a journey with Eric Steele, a very likeable hero.

Reviewed 2019