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Informed by the true combat experience of Captain Jeff Struecker and finessed by award-winning novelist Alton Gansky, Certain Jeopardy is an immersing and pulsating fictional account of what really happens at every level of a stealth engagement: the physical enemy encounter, the spiritual war fought within a soldier, and the emotional battles in families back at home.
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Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2009
Certain Jeopardy by Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky is like the TV show The Unit on steroids! A group of six men appear to live normal American lives, but at any time they can be called to report to a Special Operations group performing actions for the safety of their country at the risk of their lives. The men are called to Venezuela to investigate rumors of a Al-Qaeda training camp. Instead they stumble into the kidnapping of a nuclear scientist who can empower Iran to create their own nuclear weapons. To rescue him and his family that is being held hostage for his cooperation will force them to use every skill they know and may cost them their lives. I'm not usually a fan of military thrillers, but this book grabbed me on page one and didn't let go until I finally remembered to breathe again at the end. Struecker has served several tours of duty himself, so the writing gives an inside look at secret military operations and the incredible amount of skill and fortitude needed by its members. The action is written so that every scene is almost cinematic; I could see it play out in my head. Interspersed are scenes of the families at home coping with never knowing where their loved ones are or if they will come home. Together they create a powerful look at Army life. I hope that the authors will revisit this team, because I would love to read more!
--Christy's book blog
Sit down and strap yourself in for this adrenaline filled story of a Special Ops team doing what they do best. Eye opening and thrilling Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky combine combat experience with writing skill and show it off to full advantage. I was anxious to get beyond the early chapters and into the thick of things but getting to know the individual soldiers, their nicknames and personalities, is essential to the reading experience. While this book appealed to my adventurous side it also connected emotionally as the plight of the soldier's loved ones is also laid bare. Dealing with what life throws at us all, but having to leave with little or no notice to places unknown other than the certainty of danger, the sacrifices of our armed forces and their families is highlighted with accuracy and intensity. Leavened with humour and spiritual insight this book will appeal to both men and women. Certain Jeopardy is an excellent first foray into fiction by Captain Jeff Struecker - I hope he will be back with Sgt. Major Eric Moyer's band of brothers soon! - Relz Reviewz
I like the fact that this group of men are so close and they have each others backs, through thick or thin. From the first page to the last page the action doesnt let up. The storyline is believable and the characters are heartfelt. No matter how difficult the times got, these men never gave up on their faith in God. I picked up this book and started reading it and in a matter of a few hours I had finished it. Captain Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky make a good duo. - Cheryl's Book Nook
"Jeff Struecker is the kind of man heroes look up to. Certain Jeopardy only barely qualifies as fiction - it's that plausible. His deep personal connection with the U.S. military is stamped on every page, and will hit you hard. Read it." - Chuck Holton
I liked this book. I would give it 7/10. If I saw other books by this author, I would probably be likely to read them. It was the story of a nuclear scientist and his family who are kidnapped by corrupt people in order to exploit his knowledge and the attempts of American special-ops to rescue them. In the background are also the stories of the special-ops and their families back at home. It was a book that kept me guessing. - southeastcountrywife, ineedtoread.blogspot.com
I had such a hard time holding this book to read it! I needed to bite my nails because of the continuous action and suspense, but then I couldn't turn the pages fast enough! What's a reader to do?
To say I loved Certain Jeopardy is an understatement. Co-written by Alton Gansky and Captain Jeff Struecker, these pages merge the skills of a novelist with the insights of an Army Ranger. This story literally explodes with drama, danger and an unwavering desire to serve God and country.
When a six-man team flies to Venezuela to eyeball a suspected terrorist camp, their mission takes on new meaning. The kidnapping of a nuclear scientist and his family ups the stakes, creating a situation where failure to respond could result in the deaths of millions of innocent people. But taking action puts all six soldiers in the bulls-eye.
The military aspect of this story joined forces with a compassionate and compelling look at the personal lives of these men. From chain-of-command issues to the chain reactions unleashed with the firing of the first bullets, each moment in this novel feeds into the literary firepower that propels this story forward. As the final pages turn, the authors give readers an encompassing look at all angles of this military operation, stopping only for a conclusion that closes a door that could easily open again.
These people, their purposes and their passions are revealed with sensitivity and insider knowledge. The men that make up this team will hold readers captive with their dedication to home and country. Screams of rage and pain are drowned out by vows of loyalty and love. Grab a tissue, and be ready to give these characters a salute when the book closes. - http://www.inthelibraryreviews.net
This book is a military thriller. The story was written in short, quick chapters from rotating point of views--and there were a fairly large number of point of view characters. The book was fast-paced. The author clearly explained the equipment and jargon used in the story without bogging down the pace with too many details. Every moment was full of tension and conflict, both at home with the team's families and on mission with the team. The conflict and reactions all felt realistic and plausible.
Characters were varied and engaging. Several of the characters were Christian. Their faith mattered to them and made a difference in how they reacted in difficulties, but the Christian content was never preachy. There is no sex in this book and all the swearing is of the "he swore" variety rather than actual printed cuss words. Overall, I'd highly recommend this book as a "good, clean fun" novel. - Reviewed by Debbie M., Book Bargains Review
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Certain JeopardyFebruary 5, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Adrenaline pumping, heart thumping action and danger await the male characters entering a country to observe and identify a possible threat to the U.S. A special operations unit goes from a level of observation to nonstop battles, attempting to stay one step ahead of certain death where they are on their own to carry out orders. The wives at home are experiencing nightmares about their husbands and unable to communicate with them. When a mother and unborn child of one man in the unit are facing peril, a decision is made that may end up costing lives.
Written with insider experience of how the military operates, Jeff Struecker keeps readers absolutely unable to set the novel down until the conclusion! As I was reading, I kept thinking of how much our military families go through and made me appreciate even more the sacrifice they make for this nation. Even though the novel was written in 2009, dont let that deter you from reading it. The enemy in the story is seeking nuclear knowledge, abducting a scientist and his family in preparation to ship them to Iran. The scientist developed a way to reuse nuclear waste and extract plutonium that the enemy wants to use wreak death and destruction.
Though fictionalized it wasnt hard to imagine the trials families go through when apart plus how the various branches become a family to those waiting for their loved ones at home. The scenes of imminent danger and developing plans on the fly to keep the unit safe were amazing. One of the team members is a believer who shows his faith in various ways to the other men in the unit, though not all welcome his quiet and evident faith.
I continue to discover and thoroughly enjoy the writing of Jeff Struecker with Alton Gansky; they make a formidable writing duo! Order your copy of Certain Jeopardy then fasten your seat belt and enjoy the adventure!
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Military Procedural Suspense ThrillerOctober 6, 2014VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Captain Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky in their new book, Certain Jeopardy Book One in the Special Ops series published by B&H Publishing Group gives us another mission with Sergeant Eric Moyer and his Special Ops team.
From the back cover: Your safety rests in the hands of six men
they are Special Ops and their mission has just been upgraded from difficult to impossible. A detect-and-observe mission revealed the unexpected-and the terrifying. The discovery has forced a change in the mission-a change they call Certain Jeopardy. Failure to act endangers millions. To save the countless, Eric Moyers team may need to end the life of one innocent mana fact that haunts the lone Christian on the team.
Certain Jeopardy takes the reader on a secret military mission to foreign soil. Six men, different in many ways, leave family behind to do heroic acts no one will ever hear about. At home, family members face challenges, fears and a life-and-death decision-all without the strength and guidance of their husbands and fathers. Physical battles without, spiritual battles within. Failure means catastrophe
In this book we are introduced to the six men of Special Ops and their families. This is important as these six men form their own family to rely upon one another in order to survive the mission. They also have their own families which have to face their own problems without these men. Military procedural thriller doesnt really do this book justice. While it most certainly is let me assure you it is much much more. Let me put it this way, get ready for a nail-biting, page-turning thriller. Sergeant Moyer and the team are in deadly danger as they are racing around the globe trying to thwart the transport of a nuclear weapons expert from a Venezuela training camp to Iran.. Captain Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky not only know how Special Ops forces work they know how to craft suspense. So much is going on within the pages of Certain Jeopardy and the characters are so real that you care for all of them and want them to succeed, well at least the good guys. There is more to the story that I didnt mention but you didnt really expect me to tell you everything did you? Otherwise you might not want to read the book and I wouldnt want you to pass up an opportunity for a terrific read. Captain Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky have written a current spy story with an old-time flair. There are great themes in this book: family, duty, country and how God figures in everything. Certain Jeopardy is a book that you will want to start early otherwise you will be up very late as you will want to finish it. I highly recommend it and am looking forward to more from this talented duo.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from B&H Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
zebrapmbCalgary, ABAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5June 10, 2013zebrapmbCalgary, ABAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Good read, lots of action without the usual gratuitous violence one finds in a book of this nature.
MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 30, 2012MarbieThe NetherlandsAge: 35-44Gender: femaleIn Certain Jeopardy we meet a Spec Ops team of six men. Although I had some trouble getting to know the names and nicknames of the men and to whom they were in a relationship--I really think it was a great read!
When I had the relationships all figured out, I enjoyed to have a look in the family lifes of special ops.
The book is believably written. It's always great to read a book by an author who knows where he's talking about. Jeff Strueker has been there and done that.
I highly recommend this book for fans of military fiction.
I'm looking forward to reading the other books Al and Jeff have written together!
Brian MMount Joy, PAAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5August 31, 2011Brian MMount Joy, PAAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky have penned a Special Ops story like no other. In the other military/special ops stories that I have read, the authors spend little time on the family lives of the characters. Struecker and Gansky have done a great job showing that these people really do have to live two separate lives. The story is fast-paced and action packed. There are times when the authors would repeat a portion of the story or use similar sentences back to back making the story difficult to read at times. However, they do not occur often and do not take away from the story as a whole.