The Tier One Thrillers: Book 7
by Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson
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Pub Date 21 Feb 2023 | Archive Date 07 Mar 2023
The world is more volatile, unpredictable, and dangerous than ever before. To stop the architect of this chaos, Dempsey is given the most dangerous tasking of his career...a mission only he can complete against an adversary he must face alone.
After Task Force Ember’s successful intervention in Ukraine, John Dempsey disappears without a trace—with no notice or explanation given to his teammates. Spotty intelligence eventually places him in Russia where he is rumored to have been captured by the Russian FSB and is now presumed dead. Mourning his loss, Ember is forced to pick up the pieces, restructure, and continue their mission of keeping America safe. As the president’s “go-to” black ops asset, Ember is directed to find and finish off the Russian spymaster Arkady Zhukov and any last remnants of Zeta cell.
Unbeknownst to his teammates, Dempsey is very much alive and on mission. At the behest of Vice President Jarvis, he is deep undercover—in the heart of Russia’s nexus of organized crime and politics. For his mission to succeed, he will have to team up with a man who has been his adversary—the one man in all the world he most wants dead. The risks are higher than ever, as Dempsey pursues a high-stakes plot of Russian regime change. And if he fails, the Kremlin’s retribution will be swift and terrible and certain to drag the world into World War III.
A Note From the Publisher
“Dempsey is a five-star thriller with plenty of action, incredible detail to put you in the middle of that action, and enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. Excellent!”
—Dale Brown, New York Times bestselling author
“Dempsey hits like a sledgehammer! This book is everything you want in a military thriller: crisp action sequences, gut-wrenching suspense, intrigue galore, and, most of all, heart. Tier One fans get ready to cheer—John Dempsey is back!”
—Don Bentley, New York Times bestselling author of Hostile Intent
“As a veteran, thriller-writer, and fan of the genre, the Tier One series is as good as it gets. If you liked Tom Clancy’s John Clark, and if you like Brad Thor’s Scot Harvath, you’ll devour the Tier One series.”
—Andrew Watts, navy veteran and bestselling author of the War Planners series
“Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson…have created a lasting hero reminiscent of Mitch Rapp, Pike Logan, and Scott Harvath.”
—Jon Land, USA Today bestselling author, on Tier One
“Andrews & Wilson are masters of crafting tightly plotted, authentic action thrillers. The Tier One series packs a punch like few other thriller series can."
—Jason Kasper, army veteran and bestselling author of the David Rivers series
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It's good to have Dempsey back! Picking up a few months after Collateral, Dempsey and his teammate are struggling, but in vastly different ways. Their last mission has Ember reeling from the loss of Dempsey. Not sure whether Dempsey has been captured or killed, Dempsey's team is holding out hope he's alive and well, though the odds aren't in their (or his) favor. Unbeknownst to all, save one person, Dempsey is sitting in a Russian prison. On a secret mission devised by the Vice President, Dempsey, and a very unlikely ally, The odds of Dempsey surviving the mission are slim but if he is successful WWIII could be averted.
Andrews & Wilson are the dynamic duo if there ever was one. After not knowing if there would be another book featuring Dempsey, A & W delivered a book better than I could have imagined. Books galore have been focusing on Russia and the threat it poses but A & W are the first I've read that pushes the boundary in a provocative way.
Dempsey is an audacious, unflinching and complex thriller that can also be said about the character. The characters A & W develop are interesting, multidimensional, likeable -- or extremely unlikeable-- and constantly evolving; The key to A &W's success, I believe, is their ability to make readers emotionally invested in the characters. There are no throwaway characters and they all serve a purpose.
I cannot recommend Dempsey, the Tier One series, and authors Andrew & Wilson enough!
My sincere thanks to Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson, Blackstone Publishing, and NetGalley for the privilege of reviewing an advanced copy of Dempsey!
Audacious, tenacious, dramatic and tense, Dempsey has everything readers could ever want in a military/spy thriller. Andrews & Wilson demonstrate once again why they are the best tandem writing team in the business, crafting a timely, action-packed and anxiety-inducing novel that tests the hero in incredible ways.
John Dempsey is performing a deep cover operation in the heart of Russia that will take him from a notorious prison to the Bolshoi theatre and require him to collaborate with his most hated enemy to pull off a brazen mission. Meanwhile his Ember teammates believe Dempsey is dead and are mourning the loss of their leader while still being tasked with critical operations. The latest of which is to hunt down a suspected Zeta member, which turns into much more than initially expected. Both Dempsey and his Ember team are unaware of what the other is up to, but their interests will eventually converge and culminate in either a world changing action or the beginning of World War III.
This novel shows Dempsey in a way that we’ve never seen before and severely tests the old adage “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Dempsey commits to going through hell to properly set up this mission that only the US Vice President knows about, meaning he’s without a safety net and must rely on his wits and training to pull this off in enemy territory. And then when he’s got all the proper individuals lined up to support this ridiculous and potentially suicidal operation, he then must trust and rely on the head of the Zetas organization – his sworn enemy who’s killed fellow Ember operators – to be his ally and co-conspirator. All of which tests Dempsey’s limits for suffering, operating, and willingness to do everything and anything necessary to prevail in his assignment. As a result, Dempsey puts everything on the line for the greater good with less support than he’s ever had and no guarantees of a positive result. He will either triumph or perish based on his abilities alone. But if he is successful, he will become larger than life and secure a more peaceful world for those who inhabit it.
Andrews & Wilson keep churning out winner after winner and Dempsey is no exception. It’s a fantastic edition to their Tier One universe and one that ties up a major storyline while setting up the series for a bright future.
Brian Andrews and Jeffery Wilson once again prove the excellence of their writing duo with a captivating and action-packed journey that benefits enormously from the focus on their leading protagonist in a way we have never seen him before. A bold, exciting, WHOA-screaming thriller that is as timely as it is fun to read good guys take the fight to the bad guys.
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The saying goes.. there is “undercover” and there is “which way is up?”. After reading the latest from Andrews & Wilson, there is now a new level called “Dempsey Deep”.
Dempsey is a dark, dangerous, and dynamic story full of suffering and sacrifice. Andrew & Wilson not only examine how an elite soldier could withstand the horrific physical environments they find themselves in, but go a step further and examine the psychological hell that is the battlefield of their own minds.
Task Force Ember is reeling after a “successful” mission in Ukraine and the disappearance of team leader John Dempsey. While still in mourning, the President has directed the team to hunt down and finally finish Arkady Zhukov, the Russian spymaster, and his last few Zetas.
While his teammates think he’s dead, Dempsey probably wishes he was. Imprisoned in one of the worst prisons in Russia, Dempsey is on an undercover mission from Vice President Jarvis. Using all of his grit and guile, John manages to form a few alliances within those walls and one outside he never thought possible. In order for his mission to succeed, he must team up with the man he wants to kill above all others. The risks have never been higher and any misstep could drag the major powers into a global war.
Andrews & Wilson continue to prove they are a singularly unique pair of men and writers. They somehow never seem to put out a book that is less than their previous ones. They are always improving their craft, either in the storytelling itself or their choices to explore new themes within this universe. Somehow, some way… each story in this series keeps feeling as exciting and fresh as the first time I picked up Tier One.
Fans of the Tier One series have been screaming into the void for the past few years for the next installment of our favorite series. Andrews & Wilson heard those pleas and have rewarded our patience with what might be the best book in the already amazing series.
Now, to be fair to the guys… they haven’t been sitting idly by for the last couple of years and have blessed us with books in not one, not two, but THREE different series. All of which are deserving of your consideration if you haven’t picked those up yet. While I love the Sons of Valor, Shephards Series, and W.E.B. Griffin reboot… you never forget your first love and having Tier One group back together makes the pain of the wait all worth it. These boys deserve any and all success and awards in their future.
Brian Andrews and Jeffery Wilson have truly soared since they first released the debut novel in their highly successful TIER ONE series entitled Tier One. This series was my first introduction to this power house writing team, and I have followed them on every new series they have penned ever since. A reader can not go wrong picking up a novel by Andrews and Wilson.
However, the TIER ONE series will always hold a special place in my heart with John Dempsey and the entire Ember team. So, you all can probably guess how excited I was when I heard that Andrews and Wilson were releasing the seventh novel in the TIER ONE universe entitled Dempsey.
In Dempsey, the entire Ember team is mourning the sudden loss of their leader, John Dempsey. The team must reorganize, and they are hard at work to complete their mission to end the Russian spymaster, Arkady Zhukov, and his cell of Zeta operators. However, unbeknownst to the team, Dempsey has been sent on an undercover solo op by Vice President, Kelso Jarvis, into the heart of Russia. Dempsey is neck deep in the world of organized crime and politics, and he must team up with one of his greatest adversaries to complete this mission. This is by far one of the most dangerous missions Dempsey has been task with. If he succeeds, it will lead to a desperately needed regime change for Russia, but if he fails World War III may be upon us.
Dempsey is a brilliantly written novel. It has a nail bitingly exciting plot, and it keeps the pressure on till the very end. For readers that have been with the series since the beginning, there is a side plot that I was head over heels for. It revolves around an individual from Dempsey’s past that, I as a long time fan, have been mulling over in my head for a while. I was so happy they added that, and I can’t wait to see where it leaded to in the future! All in all, Dempsey is beyond brilliant. For any first time readers of this series, get ready for a ride, and for the long time fans, many many questions are answered, which naturally leads us wanting more!
Another fantastic addition to a fantastic series!
Okay, first of all let me say how excited I was to be able to read and review this ARC. This is now one of three series that this writing duo is currently putting out and I can honestly say that I love ALL THREE series.
While this is the 7th book in this particular series, it has been a while since the last book came out. I had to go back and look at my review for the book Collateral- book 6 - and it was September of 2020 (it is now December 2022). Normally, with as many books as I read, having a 2 year time span between books would have me having to go back and peek at my review to try to remember what was going on in the series. With this series, it is so compelling and has such an amazing cast of characters that I was totally able to jump right back in as if no time had passed. I know that doesn't sound like much, but it is a big deal. I read about 20 books a week so .....
Okay. Back to the book. Without going into spoilers, this book has a very different set up than the previous books. It is very character centered and we are focused mainly on John Dempsey (JD). Something I will admit to is that when the book started, I was a little confused with exactly HOW Dempsey got into the predicament he was in. His Ember colleagues seemed to be going back and forth - acting like he was dead, then hoping he wasn't - so that had me a little confused. I DID go back and re-read the last chapter of Collateral to see if it told us what was going to happen. It did....kind of.
So, once that was settled I just decided to hold on for the ride -and what a ride it was. There are parts of this book that made my heart hurt - several actually. Dempsey definitely does not have an easy time in this book. We also got a new POV from Jake Kemper and there was a lot of attention given to him as he goes through BUD/S. I have a feeling there is going to be a storyline with Jake in the next couple of books that is not going to be an easy road.
Andrews and Wilson have already done a phenomenal job of character development in this series so I was just as invested reading about what was going on with Grimes, Munn and the Ember gang while they were separated from JD. There really isn't too much I can say that won't spoil this so all I will say is that this book was amazing. Near the end, I began to wonder whether or not a certain event was actually going to happen. The similarity to actual real world events made this even more interesting.
This is NOT a stand alone. Do not start with this book because you will miss all of the wonderful seeds that have already been planted and you will not have the level of investment that takes this book from good to great. And it was truly great.
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this ARC. The opinions above are mine and mine alone.
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