||Jul 6 2002
DEATHWISH meets THE INVADERS!
Imagine DEATHWISH meets THE INVADERS. What does a rogue black-ops outfit, the President, nonhuman Men In Black, seven distinguished scientists, deadly mercenaries, and a vanguard of aliens all have in common? They all want the man who declared war on UFOs. Battle-hardened and ready, Derek Himmler escalates his bloody crusade against this hell from the heavens, only to discover a new threat. Humanity has been sold out! Locate. Confirm. Exterminate. This is Himmler's self-ordained mission. Now, if he could only hit and fade before they end his game.
Himmler slowly sucked in a deep breath, expelled a little, held it and squeezed off the opening round. The Remington Gamemaster thundered into the recoil and a searing "Hi-Shocker" blistered across the microsecond course. Under these unfamiliar low-light levels and acoustical conditions, the muzzle flash and resounding cra-aack of the powerful weapon were more than he anticipated.
It was a hell of a lot more than the alien anticipated as well. The sizzling stomper punched in squarely between the eyes, which, for some strange reason, immediately ceased that unearthly glow. They were now in the process of being blown out the back of its head along with several too many ounces of precious brain matter.
The pump action moved swiftly and smoothly. That long barrel swung a few degrees left and elevated half an inch to acquire the next target. Another pair of eerie eyeballs hung frozen in the crosshairs of doom and again the tightening trigger finger dispatched a streaking emissary of war.
Himmler grunted and rode out the recoil, both eyes open. His left eye tracked enemy movements. His natural marksman's eye maintained target continuity with the image in the sniperscope.
The result was spectacular.
5 STARS! WOW!
Set around the end of the year 1974. Derek A. Himmler was called the "Master of UFOlogy" by age twenty-five. He had several best-selling novels under his belt, had done several TV, radio, and magazine interviews, and had friends in high places. His life changed when he was told his brother, Mark, and his new sister-in-law, Cheryl, had died during a car wreck. Knowing it could not have been suicide or drunk driving, Himmler did his own information research. Mark's last few moments of life had been recorded on a cassette. They had been following a huge flying craft, alien in nature. The echos of their screams sent Himmler out for revenge.
Himmler began "Operation AC/DC", Assassinate Crew - Disable Craft. From there, Himmler called in some contacts and assembled a team. Body count of the human and non-human types escalated. Secrets went so deep that even the U.S. President had been in the dark until some very special agents briefed him.
People around Himmler ended up dead, but all believed that Himmler's War was vital to the entire world. Himmler was about to face the best of the military and the aliens themselves.
***** W - O - W ! That says it all. Himmler goes all out in this war. His arsenal contains most everything that begins with the letter "M", M-79 "Bloop gun", MK1, M26, MAC-10 "the Ingram", M15, AN-M8 SMOKE HC, LAW rockets ... just to name a few! This book begins fast and only gets faster. The ending is a bit surprising and left me begging for more! You best have a lot of time to spare when you begin reading this novel because it is hard to stop. Very highly recommended! *****
(Reviewed by Detra Fitch)
We are at WAR! No, you didn't miss a headline in your morning paper or a broadcast on CNN. The battle we are in is not over national boundaries drawn on a piece of paper, or a difference in philosophical or religious views, this one is with aliens from another world.
Derek Himmler is the best he is at what he does, a Master of UFOlogy (which by the way, I don't know if it is a real title or not, but I do think it is very cool sounding). At a young age, Himmler is considered the authority on any and every thing having to do with the phenomena of flying saucers, renowned by media and citizens alike for his expertise. It is during a radio interview that he is given some terrible news; his brother and his brother's wife have been killed in an auto accident, plummeting into a ravine. The police tell him that it is either a double suicide or a case of drunken driving. However, Derek knows better, and goes to the scene where police are still combing the wreckage. Working his way down the path of the accident, he comes across a cassette that had been thrown clear of the debris, a recording made by the doomed passengers as they spotted a huge extraterrestrial craft hovering above the ground. Excitement turns to fear as they realize that they are about to be fired upon, the tape ending with the sound of an explosion, and the silence of death.
Derek, ravaged with grief decides to go after the ones that caused the murders; armed with electronics, and high-powered weapons, Himmler goes to extract his revenge. He finds the ship, and once it lands and the crew exits the craft, he fires upon the occupants, killing all but one that then reenters the craft and returns fire. Jumping into his Bricklin (that's a car for those of you that are too young to remember-kind of like a DeLorien-as in Back to the Future) he tries to flee, but is followed in hot pursuit by the craft, taking erratic shots at him as he drives. The barrage hits another vehicle, and as Derek stops to help the innocent victims out, the ship takes flight. He manages to rescues a young woman, Pamela Stryker, and after a series of rough starts, she joins him in his war.
What starts off as a private battle of revenge soon escalates into a melee once the Federal government gets involved, taking the battle to an entirely new level that leaves you turning pages almost faster than you can read them.
Robert A. Goerman has written a story that he should be proud of, never once dropping off from the level of enjoyment that novels of these types can become in the right hands. I found myself wanting to equate it with a Tom Clancy novel, in that he makes you aware of the technology, explaining the ability of each, but never once does he slip into 'techobabble'. There are no superhuman feats that the hero in the story needs a cape on to do, nor is there a McGyver aspect where he makes an atomic bomb out of a matchbook and a comb. This story is firmly set in the 'real world' and that only adds to the whole this may happen feeling of the book.
I know I have said in other reviews that whatever I was reading should be a movie, and without turning the phrase into a cliché, this one should definitely be added to that list. I guess I have been lucky in what I have read as of late, and let me thank the authors of past reviews, as well as this one, for that. And as long as I keep getting books that are the quality of Himmler's War, then the steak will continue.
Dream Forge WebZine - Mohr Reviews
(Reviewed by Rick Mohr)
Copyright 2003 Rick Mohr, All Rights Reserved
Himmler's War tells of one man's fight against a mounting threat from visitors beyond our world. With aliens as well as humans against him, Derek A. Himmler wages war against those who killed his brother and those who will stop at nothing to keep their activities a secret.
In reading this book, I found some interesting qualities in the author's explanations. His explanation of weapons, vehicles and other items in the story gives a clear idea of what's happening. It was also pleasing to find a fast-paced story where the character doesn't perform "impossible" or "ridiculous" feats or actions. Every conflict Himmler survives is completely believeable (and possible) which leaves the reader with the thought of "could this really happen?" The storyline is strong, keeping the reader's interest piqued throughout. This is one of the few books I've read that I would like to see made into a motion picture.
Because of the nature of the story, some parts are quite violent and graphic. Those who shy away from harsh language and descriptive bloodshed should be warned before they read too far.
Nevertheless, I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a well-written, fast-paced story that will capture their attention from beginning to end.
Denise's Pieces Author Site & Book Reviews
(Reviewed by Michael Bogert)
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