Reaper Two-Six: Year 6: Act of Redemption

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 05/10/2013
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Author Biography

Robert’s inspiration for the Reaper Two-Six series of novels came from his first love - flying. From a young age, airplanes had secured a special place in his heart. After high school, Robert attended The University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering in 1988. Even though working on exciting F-15 projects at McDonnell Douglas was very rewarding, his heart still ached for the thrill and passion of piloting an aircraft. Finally, his dream came true when he earned a private pilots' license, giving him the pure enjoyment of commanding a Grumman Tiger Aircraft.

During his 25 years in engineering, Robert worked for a number of aeronautical companies: McDonnell Douglas, Cirrus Design, NASA, Eaton and Pratt & Whitney. Supporting programs like the advanced F-15 design and testing, Space Shuttle flight path evaluation, ST-50 proof-of-concept design and testing, and jet engine overhaul and repair, Robert always loved seeing the fruits of his labor take to the skies. As life in southeast Michigan changed, Robert took upon new career challenges; applying his diverse engineering background in the automotive industry. He spent the past 12 years involved with the design, development and testing of steering systems.

During his spare time, Robert enjoys gaming on his PC or PS3 along with website and Android App programming. Robert resides in South Lyon, Michigan with his beloved Carol and their Italian Greyhound dog Sofie.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite

“Reaper Two-Six: Year 6 Act of Redemption” by Robert A. Grand is a part of a series, but it is quite capable of standing on its own. The author’s personal background has given him a measure of authenticity which shines throughout this engrossing thriller. Reaper Two-Six is an elite multinational covert squadron of the GDO, or Global Defense Organization. Tasked primarily with covert operations to seek and destroy terrorist threats around the world, their secret successes were so widespread that various funding entities decided they weren’t really necessary, so their budget was drastically cut and they were basically disbanded. Unwilling to go quietly into the night, one final ultra-covert mission was put into action which would require deep undercover infiltration of the world’s most infamous and deadly terrorist organizations: RAFCO. This mission was so deeply covert that only 3 members of the group knew anything about it: the two operatives whose lives would be on the line, and one second level supervisor who devised the plan.

The scene in which this novel plays out is not even remotely implausible. RAFCO, a major, well-funded terrorist group, acquires a pair of nuclear warheads which originated in Russia. RAFCO then steals the latest top secret, virtually invisible stealth aircraft from right under the noses of the Americans tasked with guarding it in its top secret location. RAFCO then proceeds with plans for multiple high-altitude nuclear detonations over the Eastern United States, for the purpose of bombarding half the country with an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, which would disable all electronic equipment within a several hundred mile radius. Communications would cease to function. Planes would lose the ability to fly. Cars built after 1980 would simply stall, never to start again. The resulting ripple effect ultimately would shut down the global economy, sending the planet back into the dark ages. The author has presented a stunningly realistic scenario which, in today’s world, is probably more likely than not. This is a novel that should be required reading for everyone in America of voting age. People need to know about the technology that is available to anybody, for the right price. Their very lives may depend on it.