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
“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.