Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
The Third Tour is an action/adventure novel by Bob Stockton. This in the third novel in a series called Stories from the U.S. Navy. Though I did not read the first two books, I plan to go back and read them. The Third Tour is great, so understandably I want to know the rest of the story. The protagonist, Zack Martin, is a fascinating character. I served in the Army, but I’m guessing there are complicated guys like Zack in every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. I am always interested in tales of modern day military service, no matter which branch. As an Army man, I am most interested in guys from our friendly competitors in the Navy. Before I read The Third Tour, my go-to guy for reading stories about the Navy was the late, great Tom Clancy. Since he won’t be writing any more books, I will be looking for Bob Stockton books.
I loved the depiction of military life and how it changes a person. This is spot on. The Third Tour starts with Zack Martin having terrible combat related dreams. You would think that he might want to get away from combat and the military. You might think he would want to find a good woman and focus on wife and family. You would be wrong. Bob Stockton is the real deal, and in his writing you can see how the military becomes the central focus for anyone who stays in over that first tour. The characters are real. I have served with them. They are me and my buddies. The action is beautifully and realistically written without that “over the top” quality that ruins a lot of books by guys who haven’t been there. A great novel all the way round.