Direct Fire

Direct Fire

Packed with high-powered action and stunning authenticity, the novels of Brigadier General A.J. Tata have won widespread acclaim from the bestselling masters of suspense. In Direct Fire, he brings the war on terror to America—with his hero, Jake Mahegan, caught in the crossfire…. A powerful banker, gunned down in cold blood. A military family, senselessly slaughtered as t...

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  • Stuart Ashenbrenner

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    Jake Mahegan has recently been dismissed by the Army. Now, the former Paratrooper and ex-Delta Force Operative is hastily called out to a General Savages home, overlooking a golf course, for a meeting...but it's a trap.

    "It's going down right now. Everything, all at once." This is the perfect mantra for this book that we see repeated over and over again, as it is so accurate.

    A CEO of United Bank of America, his wife, and child have all been murdered in cold-blood b

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    Jake Mahegan has recently been dismissed by the Army. Now, the former Paratrooper and ex-Delta Force Operative is hastily called out to a General Savages home, overlooking a golf course, for a meeting...but it's a trap.

    "It's going down right now. Everything, all at once." This is the perfect mantra for this book that we see repeated over and over again, as it is so accurate.

    A CEO of United Bank of America, his wife, and child have all been murdered in cold-blood by a perpetrator that only goes by the name "Jackknife."

    Jake, barely escaping with his life, meets Alexandra Russell, Savage's JAG officer, who helps him weave his way through all of the hostages, cyberattacks, and murders that are rocking North Carolina.

    Jake Mahegan must find "Jackknife," a Syrian refugee, now terrorist, before they can exact their revenge on Mehegan and America. With bank accounts being drained and the body count climbing, he must get to "Jackknife" before anything else can happen.

    A.J. Tata introduces a brand new antagonist and villain, "Jackknife," which is arguably his best villain yet. This formidable opponent for Mahegan keeps this book going non-stop. The second you crack the cover of Direct Fire, the action begins. From there, it is a fire fight to the finish, giving you barely enough time to breath in between chapters.

    Tata weaves in current, real world situations, taking into account cyber crime and cyber terrorism. His research must have been incredibly thorough, as everything he said is a possibility.

    With Direct Fire, A.J. Tata has brought Jake Mahegan to a whole new level, and is Tata's best piece of work yet. This is a book that you will not want to be attempting to read on your lunch break at work, or three hours later, you'll realize you're still in the break room.

    Early on in Direct Fire, A.J. Tata writes, "The AR-15 fired high wild and high, like a baseball closer losing control of his fastball." Well this book is the batter that just crushed the closer's fastball over the centerfield wall.

    A.J. Tata nails Direct Fire, his best novel to date. This is a must read for fans of Ben Coes or Mark Greaney.

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    Title: Direct Fire

    Author: A.J. Tata

    Series: Captain Jake Mahegan (#4)

    Pages: 464 (Hardcover)

    ISBN: 1496706641

    Publisher: Kensington

    Release Date: December 26, 2017

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    Former brigadier general turned best-selling author A.J. Tata (

    , 2017) kicks off his fourth Jake Mahegan thriller with a powerful opening that introduces readers to Jackknife, a cold-blooded killer who serves as a worthy antagonist and a formidable opponent for Tata’s hero.

    After slaughtering a billionaire banker and his family in the dark of the night, Jackknife turns his attention to the next name on his list–former Army paratrooper and

    Former brigadier general turned best-selling author A.J. Tata (

    , 2017) kicks off his fourth Jake Mahegan thriller with a powerful opening that introduces readers to Jackknife, a cold-blooded killer who serves as a worthy antagonist and a formidable opponent for Tata’s hero.

    After slaughtering a billionaire banker and his family in the dark of the night, Jackknife turns his attention to the next name on his list–former Army paratrooper and ex-Delta Force operative, Jake Mahegan.

    Meanwhile, upon receiving an urgent text from General Bob Savage over his secure Zebra communications app instructing him to meet former Delta teammates, Patch Owens and Sean O’Malley, Jake Mahegan heads to a rustic cabin in the middle of the Longleaf Pine Golf Resort located in North Carolina’s golf mecca, Moore County. There, Jake walks into a trap, which ends worse for those foolish enough to think they could trap an apex predator with nothing more than a few AR-15s.

    Armed with his trusty Sig Saur Tribal, Jake flees to General Savage’s “continuation of operations protocol command center,” better known as the COOP. There, he meets up with Alexandra “Alex” Russell, a JAG attorney and colleague of Savage who’s investigating the murder case involving the banker and his family.

    When Jake recognizes the murder weapon in question as the same .45 Colt Ranger special that his unit gave to Savage, he realizes there’s a deeper plot hard at work behind the scenes. Unbeknownst to Mahegan and Alex, a terrorist hellbent on exacting revenge on America is secretly assembling terrorist cells in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which is just the tip of the iceberg.

    As Jake races to connect the dots and figure out the terrorists’ intended targets, Tata kicks the pacing into overdrive–making an already fun and compelling story certifiably unputdownable.

    Where Tata separates himself from the competition is with his unique and terrifying attack scenarios. The all-too-real feel of panic and suspense is critical to getting lost in the story, and Tata continues to improve as a writer, making it easier for readers to believe what’s happening as he brings it to life on the page.

    Likewise, Tata’s continued to develop his series protagonist, hitting all the right notes with the last two books especially. Direct Fire sees a slightly different Jake Mahegan, who finally displays the full effects of his ridiculously lethal skill set, and it’s awesome.

    Mahegan, a thirty-year-old Native American with a love for the ocean flowing freely in his blood and a call to duty seemingly written into his DNA, is a walking, talking weapon. More prone to brute force than surgical strikes, Jake is no doubt one of the baddest men in the thriller genre right now. While the blazing-fast plot is tight and on point, Tata’s real treat to readers is finally unleashing his operative, who continues living up to all the hype promised in past books, like they’ve never seen before.

    Evil men might be planning to bring the war on terror to America, but what they weren’t counting on is Jake Mahegan being there to greet them…

    Jake Mahegan has officially arrived.

    is a relentless, action-packed thriller that screams with been-there-done-that authenticity, elevating A.J. Tata’s series to the likes of Brad Thor, Ben Coes, and Mark Greaney.

    Author: A.J. Tata

    Series: Jake Mahegan #4

    Pages: 464 (Hardcover)

    ISBN: 1496706641

    Publisher: Kensington

    Release Date: December 26, 2017

    Book Spy Rating: 8.5/10

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  • Todd Simpson

    Brilliant!! A.J Tata is fast becoming one of my favourite Authors. He certainly knows how to write very clever and interesting Action Thrillers. I thoroughly enjoyed the Intensity of this story, and the detail and background he has put into the characters. Jake Mahegan fits the mould perfectly for the smart, tough guy warrior, with his background in Special Forces he’s definitely a fighting machine, and someone you want on your side.

    The person calling themselves Jacknife was very confident in th

    Brilliant!! A.J Tata is fast becoming one of my favourite Authors. He certainly knows how to write very clever and interesting Action Thrillers. I thoroughly enjoyed the Intensity of this story, and the detail and background he has put into the characters. Jake Mahegan fits the mould perfectly for the smart, tough guy warrior, with his background in Special Forces he’s definitely a fighting machine, and someone you want on your side.

    The person calling themselves Jacknife was very confident in their ability as a killer. They fully expected the target to be asleep, and very easy to kill. However the killer wasn’t overly concerned if they came across anyone else in the house, as they could die as well. Either way it wouldn’t affect the overall mission. Jake Mahegan was used to people shooting at him, especially in his former life as an Army Paratrooper and ex-Delta Force Operative, so it’s no surprise to him when two men try to kill him. Little did America know that it was assisting the terrorist Zakir, in allowing their fighters into the country, and posing as Syrian Refugees. Jake seems to be the only person prepared to find out what’s really going on, especially when everyone else is trying to hunt him down for something he didn’t do. Luckily for Jake he’s not alone, and he has Cassie a very strong and confident female Army Ranger, to assist him in trying to get to the bottom of who’s responsible for all the terrorist activity. If you enjoy Action Thrillers then this is certainly a book worth reading. Seriously great entertainment from start to finish. Easily worth the 5 star rating.

  • Ryan Hillis

    A great thriller!!!

  • Linda Schmidt-

    Not only does AJ Tata write exciting action-novels, but he shows he can also write fascinating psychological studies. His super-hero Jake Mahegan works with a female Army Ranger Cassie Bagwell, along with his former teammates and General Savage to stop a terrorist plot.

  • Cramer

    Mahegan finds himself in another sticky situation when he is lured into a sticky situation under false pretenses. The people present tell him that "it's going down right now. Everything, all at once.". From that moment on, Tata takes you on a thrilling ride as Mahegan tries to piece together the meaning of attacks at the highest level of the army and US financial industry, while evading the local and federal police after being framed for a number of the crimes. Mahegan Tata also introduces a new

    Mahegan finds himself in another sticky situation when he is lured into a sticky situation under false pretenses. The people present tell him that "it's going down right now. Everything, all at once.". From that moment on, Tata takes you on a thrilling ride as Mahegan tries to piece together the meaning of attacks at the highest level of the army and US financial industry, while evading the local and federal police after being framed for a number of the crimes. Mahegan Tata also introduces a new antagonist, which helps this 4th installment to be a page turner as you try and determine who it might really be and what their end goal ultimately is.

    Mahegan continues to be developed as a strong character, and while the genre is full of similar protagonists, Mahegan continues to stands out amongst his peers and continues to live up to his hype.

    The action is non-stop from cover to cover due to Tata's ability to develop unique and terrifying attack scenarios. The all-too-real feel of panic and suspense is critical to getting lost in the story, and Tata continues to improve as a writer, making it easier for readers to believe what’s happening as he brings it to life on the page. The story is a relentless thriller where Tata's SF experience shines through when comparing to other authors in the genre. If you enjoy Action Thrillers then this is certainly a book worth reading, as are the first 3 installments of the series.

  • Sean Courtney

    This was the first AJ Tata book that I’ve read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the way he describes the mountain setting and Jake Mahegan is such a cool character to get to know. Some of the dialogue from the lesser characters was kind of silly and the ending could have been better but overall a fantastic book and I’ll be reading more of AJ Tata.

  • Glen

    Thanks to NetGalley for this novel.

    An Islamic group is trying to decapitate the US Military, and largely succeed. Jake Mahegan, after shooting his way out of an ambush, makes his way to the rendezvous, and finds himself on the run from the law, while at the same time, trying to stop the terrorists, who have a few creative attacks in store.

    I think AJ Tata hit his stride with this one.

  • Pat Byrnes

    Direct Fire is a fly by the seat of your pants THRILLER!!!!

    While this is only my second novel I’ve read by A J, I’m a fan of his writing. I will seek out Mr. Tata for hours of reading enjoyment.

    Things are happening in America and across the globe. Are they connected? If so, what is the connection. Well it goes back to a mission from four years ago and General Savage and his band of black ops operators totally messed up and took out civilians. It happens, but someone is out to exact revenge.

    Jake

    Direct Fire is a fly by the seat of your pants THRILLER!!!!

    While this is only my second novel I’ve read by A J, I’m a fan of his writing. I will seek out Mr. Tata for hours of reading enjoyment.

    Things are happening in America and across the globe. Are they connected? If so, what is the connection. Well it goes back to a mission from four years ago and General Savage and his band of black ops operators totally messed up and took out civilians. It happens, but someone is out to exact revenge.

    Jake Mahegan is on the kill list, but must figure out what is happening in the country he loves, while also being hunted by local authorities for a crime his didn’t commit. Can Jake save his comrades and his country from evil? Purchase Direct Evil and you will be taken for a ride with many twist and turns that will leave you exhausted.

    A J has many diverse characters that make Direct Fire a hit. The story is complex and tangled to keep the reader turning the page. You’ll root for some and wish evil on others, while wishing some did not make an early exit. A J has a way to throw in a little subtle humor, that makes the novel that much more enjoyable.

    If your genre is Action/Thriller, then A J is the author for you.

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