The Greek Gambit

Nuke Response Team Alpha--Book One

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
274 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2022
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

The Greek Gambit is the first book in a promising new thriller series called Nuke Response Team Alpha. Author Charles A. Salter introduces you to Colonel Blake Hunter, who is vacationing in Greece when unknown agents try to kill him and abduct his family. Meanwhile, the Pentagon summons the Nuke Response Team to investigate a series of mysterious rapid aging among people along the North Carolina Coast. It appears that the attempt on Hunter’s life, the kidnapping of his family, and the acute radiation in North Carolina are related. Blake has had his share of combating terrorists. But nothing has prepared him for what he faces right now, as the terrorists that kidnapped his family want him for a task that has something to do with a hyperbaric plasma sphere.

The Greek Gambit is a technopolitical-military thriller that is sophisticated, well-researched, and a perfect example of the genre it represents. As the first book in a new series, it provides the best opportunity to immerse yourself in the actions, methods, and motives of Charles Salter’s recurrent characters, especially that of his protagonist, Blake Hunter. It is a worthy first installment that will whet your appetite to follow Blake’s adventures, as it promises a long-term plot that may rival Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan franchise. Salter blends engaging realism and character authenticity with intricate plotting and over-the-edge suspense. The pacing is consistent with the tension that the storyline provides, always maintaining momentum. Masterful and informative, The Greek Gambit simply draws you in from start to finish. If you love reading high-octane thrillers, this book is one of the best in the genre you’ll ever read.

Peggy Jo Wipf

The Greek Gambit by Charles A. Salter is the first in his Nuke Response Team Alpha thrillers. Colonel Blake Hunter needed a little downtime with his family, so they chose Greece as their vacation destination. Terrorists kidnap Blake’s family, and it is up to him to rescue them, but this is just a taste of the chaos these terrorists have planned for him, his family, and millions of others. Blake cuts his vacation short to meet up with his team to try to solve mysterious deaths which are occurring, where people are aging by decades. Can this be the result of nuclear experiments, or has someone come up with something worse? Suddenly, there seems to be more than one terrorist group, but are they trying to kill Blake or get his assistance?

Charles Salter has woven an intense and mesmerizing espionage thriller in The Greek Gambit. It evokes many emotions as the reader is pulled in with the danger to Blake's family and the intensified threat to mankind. The author skillfully keeps you hanging on as the plot continues to escalate with each new death and possible threat. The characters are well-rounded, with quirks that bring them alive; adding Blake's family into the story allows the reader to relate more closely to the ongoing action. I especially liked how he trained his kids for emergencies. The detailed nature of the story leaves you feeling as if you were a witness to these agents secretly saving the world. I highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy an action novel that captures the explicit and suspenseful action of well-written military fiction.

Alma Boucher

In The Greek Gambit by Charles Salter, Colonel Blake Hunter and his family are in Santorini, Greece for their yearly family vacation when his family is kidnapped by terrorists. They need Blake in Corfu because Blake is an expert in nukes, and this has something to do with radioactive materials. The terrorists mention the plasma sphere is the trigger for the S-bomb that could destroy the world. Lacey Brown is called to the Duke Raleigh Hospital in North Carolina. A forty-two-year-old person has aged in a week so that he now looks like an eighty-year-old man. He is diagnosed with acute radiation syndrome, and two more cases are reported a hundred miles apart. Blake and two of his best teammates will meet in Corfu to find the plasma sphere. Blake and his team’s only limit on casualties is to keep innocent civilians out of the crossfire.

The Greek Gambit is a terrorist thriller that had me engaged from the start. It has an intriguing plot that was executed brilliantly. Charles Salter captured the mood and setting of the events excellently. I felt as if I was right in the middle of all the action. The action was aggressive and detailed. The events were fast-paced and exciting, and I was turning the pages as fast as I could. The twists and turns in this story sent chills down my spine. The characters were skillfully developed. The descriptions of their qualities and emotions made it easy to relate to them. My favorite character was Blake. He is immovable when it comes to his family and their safety. This thriller has espionage, terrorists, tension, and adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Luwi Nyakansaila

Blake Hunter and his family are on vacation in Greece, and his wife has just informed him that baby number three is on the way. Blake should be thrilled, but he cannot seem to catch a break because danger keeps calling. After being trailed by a suspicious man and an attempted abduction of his family, he is called in to stop a nuclear threat. As if that's not enough to deal with, Blake discovers he might be dying from radiation poisoning that causes fast aging. Blake has never failed in any mission before. Will this be the mission that finally brings him down? Find out in The Greek Gambit by Charles Salter.

The Greek Gambit by Charles Salter is what action movies are made of. The fast pace, suspense, action, and adrenaline rush I got from reading this book is the same as watching an anticipated action thriller movie. Despite the lack of a detailed relationship background, Hunter and his wife have undeniable chemistry. Their cute family has secret codes and phases when in danger, and it is useful. Hunter is a great team leader in his work and is loyal and protective of his team members. He leaves no man behind and shows up even when he is in the worst of conditions. His character carried the whole story and made it a pleasure to read. I would love to read a sequel with the Hunter kids, and I would not mind a prequel about Blake's old missions. I loved all the characters because I found them intriguing.

Keith Mbuya

Colonel Blake Hunter, the head of the US military's nuclear response unit, was in Santorini, Greece, on vacation with his family when suddenly all hell broke loose. It had all started with his wife being mugged by a young boy. Going hot in pursuit of the boy, Blake finds himself in a storeroom with two goons. The goons inform Blake that they have kidnapped his wife and children and that Blake would only see his family after completing the demands of their boss. They wanted Blake to head to Corfu, where they were secretly working on a dangerous nuclear weapon. Blake later finds out they were members of a terror group working on the deadliest-ever nuclear weapon. In North Carolina, strange but isolated cases of victims of exposure to intense radiation are reported. Get yourself Charles A. Salter’s The Greek Gambit to know how it all goes down.

If you are looking for a gripping fast-paced, action-packed, mystery thriller novel laced with a riveting tale of love, loyalty, crime, blackmail, secrets, and tough choices, among others, Charles A. Salter’s The Greek Gambit is a must-read for you. You won’t stop flipping through the pages of this page-turner. Salter had me hooked, keeping me on edge with sensational action, ingenious plot twists, thrill, adventure, and suspense. He hatches an intriguing plot and brings the scenes to life with impressively vivid depictions. Reading the book felt like watching a Hollywood action movie. Blake is a swift, steady, strong, composed, dangerous, risk-taking, and genius character you can’t get enough of. The Greek Gambit is a magnificent piece of work and the first installment in the Nuke Response Team Alpha series. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installments in the series.