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COAST: An Act Of Burial - printed version
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Publisher:  CreateSpace ISBN-10:  147528490X Type: 


Copyright:  Apr 30, 2012 ISBN-13:  9781475284904

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Two thermonuclear warheads are hijacked in the Persian Gulf leading to an urgent and highly secret investigation by the Covert Operations And Surveillance Team. However, members of this super-secret unit start being murdered by unknown assailants. What will it take for Ian McKinley and his colleagues Carter and Brook to outwit the mysterious adversary that always seems to be one step ahead, retrieve the nukes and prevent a crisis of apocalyptic proportions?

In Paris, special ops agent Ian McKinley carries out a most unusual 'retirement' operation, aiming to stem the flow of ultra high-tech rifles to terrorist groups.  But when he returns to the Covert Operations And Surveillance Team base he learns that a navy supply vessel has foundered in the Persian Gulf with the loss of all hands, and is despatched with his team-mates to secure the thermonuclear warheads that the ship was carrying.  At the same time, however, members of his super-secret organization are being murdered by unknown assailants.  Are these incidents somehow connected and, as the stakes rise, can McKinley and his colleagues Carter and Brook retrieve the bombs before a city gets vaporized?

As McKinley and his team hunt down clues to the hijacked nukes they travel to the Middle East, Russia and Canada, desperately trying to outwit a mysterious opponent that always seems to be one step ahead.  They face intrigue and terrifying danger as they dash from one explosive situation to another in their search for the warheads, leading to a climactic confrontation which could trigger a nuclear conflict.

With the sinister menace of classic spy novels and the riveting action of a modern war story, COAST: An Act Of Burial immerses the reader in a thrilling roller-coaster ride of action, danger, intrigue and espionage across the globe as the team race to prevent a crisis of apocalyptic proportions.

"This is an action-packed international espionage thriller ... a fabulous war against terrorism tale"

"In your face, explosive ... The vivid cover image pretty much says it all. Grab your copy and hang on!"

"James Bond move over! ... Readers who enjoy military suspense, gutsy heroes and action-packed adventures should buy this book."

"This is a wonderful read and a great gift to anyone that’s interested in crime novels."

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James Bond Move Over For the COAST Team!
When I think of the character James Bond, Sean Connery immediately comes to mind. Then my brain flickers through other actors until it stops at Pierce Brosnan (sigh) and finally lands on the current actor, Daniel Craig (I'm still getting used to him). Why should readers settle for one secret agent when we can have three? That's what I thought as I read this exciting action/adventure novel.

COAST (Covert Operations And Surveillance Team) is a secret British military organization filled with fifteen teams of gutsy secret agents. Each three man team of the TDR (Tactical Deployment and Response) 1 thru 15 is a highly trained group of specialists who perform covert operations. This story follows the exploits of the TDR.12 team consisting of Ian McKinley, Chris Carter, and Martin Brook — flawed men filled with courage, intelligence, and deadly skills.

Testosterone nearly drips off the page as these men perform breathtaking acts of bravery. True to the genre, readers are treated to submarine wreck diving, car, plane, and helicopter chases, plus organized military attacks. The TDR.12 team must track down stolen British nuclear warheads before a group bent on world domination destroys life as we know it. They face bombings, murders, kidnapping, and a traitor within the COAST organization. The intelligent, well-financed enemy keeps one step ahead whenever they discover a lead. Unpredictability is the team's secret asset but usually lands them in trouble.

The author peppers the entertaining narrative with military language, British slang, and an "alphabet soup" of organizations. He explains a few immediately but also provides an interesting glossary at the end of the book. I don't know much about weaponry, but the characters describe their favorite weapons with enough detail to make a military aficionado swoon. The author's research on mining, high-tech gadgets and military protocol brings reality to the storyline, and he explores the minds of his characters to make them believable. Readers who enjoy military suspense, gutsy heroes, and action-packed adventures should buy this book. There are heroes like these men protecting us every day, and this novel helps us appreciate their sacrifice.

— Diane Rapp.

A Powerfully Written Novel.
As a person who enjoys mystery and suspense stories, I was exceedingly impressed with the control that this book was written with. There is enough information that the reader feels involved in the investigation yet enough frustration that the book cannot be walked away from. It is a wonderfully intelligent story that is very well researched and uses proper terminology that adds greatly to the story. I was deeply invested throughout the story and I look forward to future works of Xander Richards. This is a wonderful read and a great gift to anyone that’s interested in crime novels.

— Joel Dietrich.

Good Old Fashioned Spy/Action Yarn.
Alister MacLean, Clive Cussler, Tom Clancy, John LeCarre... if any of the aforementioned writers tickle your literary bone, you'll enjoy 'COAST: An Act of Burial'. Heaping helpings of patriotism, brothers-in-arms banter, international baddies, whiz-bang gadgets and, as Keanu Reeves once famously deadpanned: "Guns. Lots of guns."

At times, 'COAST: An Act Of Burial' can be a bit much to digest, and the prose style hearkens back to Cold War-era espionage fiction, but considering the subject matter, it fits. The heroes are quite heroic but there is plenty of suspicion within the ranks to keep everyone on their toes. 'COAST: An Act Of Burial' is a bit like an eighties action movie: in your face, explosive, a bit one-dimensional and simplistic at times, but guys need stories like this to give them the warm and fuzzies without them having to feel guilty about it. The vivid cover image pretty much says it all. Grab your copy and hang on!

— Mark Carver.

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