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**** An Exciting Adventure End-to-End                                Review by Rox Burkey

Author Randall Krzak knows how to grab readers and keep them turning the pages. The subplots kept me guessing, and yet I was unable to put it down.

The descriptions of the scenes are vivid. The lines are drawn with political messiness woven around the players. Colonel Trevor Franklin, as a team leader for Bedlam Bravo, is an interesting character, and I enjoyed watching his clear-headedness with his interactions. Great character development.

This passage is an excellent example of the way Randall makes your senses participate with your imagination.

“Sporadic laughter and shouts continued as the game reached its climax. The victor shouted, jumped to his feet, and raced to the women.

He grabbed the arm of one and dragged her to an empty building while the losers whistled. The remaining women dashed back to their building. Jamiila moved to her makeshift bed.

Silence descended over the camp. The embers from the evening fire winked out one by one.


Jamiila jumped to her feet and glanced outside. Asad ran past, brandishing a small flaming branch, and entered the building where the shax winner had taken his bride.

Curious, everyone crowded around the hut.

Jamiila pushed through to Asad’s side. “What happened?”

“The bride carried a hidden knife. She slit her husband’s throat.” Jamiila moved forward but Asad stopped her.

“Don’t. There is blood everywhere.”

Just when you think you know what is doing to occur, the story will shift, then change again, all in a compelling way. I recommend this to those who enjoy thrillers and realistic military engagement. A satisfying read you should grab now.

 About the Author

Randall Krzak is a U.S. Army veteran and retired senior civil servant, spending thirty years in Europe, Africa, Central America, and the Middle East. His residency abroad qualifies him to build rich worlds in his action-adventure novels and short stories. Familiar with customs, laws, and social norms, he promotes these to create authentic characters and scenery.

His first novel, The Kurdish Connection, was published in 2017, and the sequel, Dangerous Alliance, was released in November 2018. Both placed in the 2018 Global Thriller Book Awards sponsored by Chanticleer International Book Awards, with The Kurdish Connection finishing as a semi-finalist and Dangerous Alliance being selected as one of seven first in category winners. The third novel in the series, Carnage in Singapore, was released in August 2019 and is one of six first in category winners in the 2019 Chanticleer International Book Awards (Global Thrillers category). He also penned “A Dangerous Occupation,” a winning entry in the August 2016 Wild Sound Writing and Film Festival Review short story category.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a general Master in Business Administration (MBA) and an MBA with an emphasis in Strategic Focus, both from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He currently resides with his wife, Sylvia, and six cats in Dunfermline, Scotland. He’s originally from Michigan, while Sylvia is a proud Scot. In addition to writing, he enjoys hiking, reading, candle making, pyrography, and sightseeing.

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