Ultimate Escalation by Randall Krzak.
Punjabi militants seek to distance themselves from Indian and Pakistani dominance and interference. With the dissolution of British India in 1947, families were ripped apart as the Punjabi region was split between the two countries. Limited attacks within each country caused further persecution and heartache.
The militants have no idea how to achieve their desires–until the appearance of Vladimir Aleksandrovich Nikolaev, a disgraced Spetsnaz colonel. He offers the militants a means to spark a conflict between the two nuclear powers.
Russian subs sold on the black market and manned by Iranian and Russian sailors will surface off the coasts of the two countries and destroy Karachi and Mumbai. Propaganda machines will levy accusations against each country, leading to escalation of hostilities, pushing the countries to the brink of nuclear war.
The Bedlam organization fields their three teams to counter the violence and seek to restore calm before it’s too late. Will they be successful, or will South Asia become a smoking ruin?
Review by Don S and TeamGolfwell: 5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book.
I enjoyed reading “Ultimate Escalation” by Randall Krzak, who in my opinion, is a highly intelligent and fascinating writer and a retired U.S. Army veteran and senior civil servant, and that in my opinion, makes his books real, exciting, and adventuresome. I have been a fan of his books with great action stories for some time.
The author writes professionally, clearly, and with great descriptions. I enjoy the way this thrilling author puts you right into the scene and exciting action. For example, here is a brief excerpt,
“Three gunmen burst through the door and ran into the dining room, firing their weapons.
One of the eight screamed as a bullet pierced his upper left side. He clutched his chest as he fell.
The others with pistols returned fire, while another threw a knife, catching one of the attackers in the chest.
Ajit grabbed Vladimir’s arm. “Come! We must flee. Hurry, before we are doomed.”
“What about the others?” Vladimir shouted over the onslaught, crawling out of the room.
“They can take care of themselves.” Ajit scampered through a small living area on all fours, forced open a reinforced outer door, and ran for the back wall, Vladimir and Mishka a step behind.
Vladimir helped Ajit and Mishka climb, cutting himself on the shards of glass embedded along the top of the wall. Blood streaked down his hand as Vladimir pulled a PPS pistol from under his jacket. As he aimed at a gunman exiting the building, a blow struck his right shoulder.”
I also liked the pace of this captivating story that is told at varying paces going from a comfortable pace to a faster pace as the action and drama unfold.
In my view, this author also uses an economy of words and communicates the story very well as the intense drama unfolds. He also has a keen knowledge of military weaponry, submarines, and much more making the story highly realistic and exciting.
The characters are distinct and credible, and the dialogue is exceptionally well written in this electrifying story. I also felt the author was also very clever in designing the plot which made me think of what Winston Churchill once said, “Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.”
Overall, in my view, this high-action story was exceptionally entertaining with unexpected events, twists and turns, bravery, cunning, and much more all leading to a thrilling ending.
After reading the book, it made me reflect and wonder what the future holds in view of human nature and how people react as world tension increases with the Ukraine War, missiles in North Korea, and other major issues, and how other countries respond.
Finally, I liked the way the author gave at the end of the book, the cast of the characters, his autobiography, a list of his other books, and more which adds a lot to the enjoyment of this interesting book.
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this extraordinary book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review.”
Review by Christmas Angel: 5.0 out of 5 stars War or Peace.
Exciting, pulse- pounding scenes which drop you right into the mayhem. Sterling characters whom anyone would want to have their backs. A creative and superbly crafted novel as each chapter brings you closer to the edge. Highly Recommended.
Paperback: 366 Pages
Publisher: Independently published (November 16, 2022)
About Randall Krzak: 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. Colombian Betrayal (A Bruce and Smith Thriller Book 1), released in 2020 is one of seven first in category winners in the 2020 competition. Mission: Angola (Xavier Sear Thriller Book 1) was released in January 2021 and was a finalist in the 2021 Page Turner Awards. As of March 2022, it’s also a finalist for the 2021 CIBAs in their Global Thrillers category. Revenge (A Bruce and Smith Thriller Book 2) was released in October 2021. Also as of March 2022, The Kurdish Connection, Dangerous Alliance, and Carnage in Singapore are a finalist in the 2021 CIBAs in their Global Thrillers series. His first non-fiction article, ‘Black Ops in Fiction,’ is featured on the web daily, https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/black-ops-in-thrillers/
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a general Master in Business Administration (MBA) and a MBA with an emphasis in Strategic Focus, both from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. He currently resides with his wife, Sylvia, and four 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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