Go Back   SOCNET: The Special Operations Community Network > General Topics > Book Reviews > SOCNET Authors

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #21  
Old 7 February 2014, 14:04
leopardprey's Avatar
leopardprey leopardprey is offline
Been There Done That
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 10,114
TxChris,

Any plans for a third Novel?
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 7 February 2014, 18:04
Txchris Txchris is offline
Authorized Personnel
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,329
Yes sir, already written. It's actually part 2 in the series, and it's a cop story. I hope to have it out this year.

Also, just found out my publisher wants to send Line in the Valley to print next month.

Chris
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old 19 February 2014, 13:39
Loadsmasher Loadsmasher is offline
Confirmed User
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 229
My 2 Baht.

Read the book over a couple of days two weeks ago and really liked it. I wanted it to stew for a little while before I wrote any kind of “review”.
I have to say that I have zero experience as a combat Infantryman so anything I could say regarding the TTPs of the platoon during the nitty gritty would be worth a pile of bovine recycled grass. That being said, those sections/chapters flowed well, were intense and chaotic, and were basically the opposite of any Hollywood action movie. By that I mean that dudes are getting lit up left and right, confirmed hits are few and far between, plans never survive contact, and nobody seems or acts invincible. I liked that a lot. The characters were mostly really well developed, their actions and motivations made sense in the context of what I knew about them. There were some ancillary figures that I would have liked more back story on but I get that it might just be me. I also thought that the premise of the story wasn’t that far off the mark. If you’ve spent any time on the Texas border you can see how this could happen given the right set of circumstances.
I think my only gripe (and it’s a petty one) is that because I’m in the Texas NG there were several times that I disagreed with the strategic COAs that were being taken. Not the stuff on the line but the decisions and use of assets at the BDE and DIV level. I would have lost my shit if you had thrown the Lakotas in the mix and maybe brought in the counterdrug guys as well. It also would have been great to see C/5/19 get some action. Okay, all that would have been a bit much, but then maybe recruiting command would have published it for you or tossed you some GRAP money (too soon?). The only other thing that kind of stuck out to me was arrival of the Marines at the end. The way it was written gave me the impression of “okay fucktards, the goddamn professionals are here to save your sorry asses”. I know you’re a former Marine so I get where that comes from, but at the time I thought it felt tacked on.
Like I said, I really liked the book and when it comes out in print I’ll buy a couple to pass around.
Oh, and when you introduced the FRNCO I fucking KNEW he was going to be a shitbag but the statement you made about AGRs was so on point I really can’t be butt hurt about it even though I want to be.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old 19 February 2014, 14:07
CPTAUSRET's Avatar
CPTAUSRET CPTAUSRET is offline
BTDT
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Iowa City, Iowa...
Posts: 9,272
Just purchased from Kindle store, and added to my iPad.

I very much like the idea of supporting SOCNET authors.
__________________
"IF THOU STRIKETH THE KING, STRIKE NOT TO WOUND":
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old 25 February 2014, 15:44
Txchris Txchris is offline
Authorized Personnel
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Houston
Posts: 1,329
Loadsmasher and CPT,

Sorry for the delayed response, been busy as helll with AT, drill and a family emergency. Thanks for the buy and the comments. Smasher, every NG soldier who talked to me after reading it said the same thing about the RNCO (that's the first time I heard the comment about the Marines though). PM on the way.

Chris
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old 6 July 2014, 04:38
Linda1961's Avatar
Linda1961 Linda1961 is offline
Psalm 91:2
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Alabama
Posts: 1,833
Congrats and best of luck. I already had the first one and have just downloaded the latest.
__________________
"Hate war but love the American warrior." Lt. General Hal Moore

Tolerating evil leads only to more evil. And when good people stand by and do nothing while wickedness reigns, their communities will be consumed. Bob Riley
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old 6 July 2014, 08:33
DevilDawg's Avatar
DevilDawg DevilDawg is offline
Adding Chlorine
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Houston Way North, TX
Posts: 854
Bought them both for Kindle. Always good to support the home team.
__________________
It must be a blessing to some that stupidity isn't painful...


Not As Lean, Not As Mean, Still A Marine
YAT YAS
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old 27 August 2015, 10:56
GPC's Avatar
GPC GPC is offline
Midgetologist
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: LFOD
Posts: 5,023
Chris,do you have a release date for your third book?
__________________
Steel Rain Brings The Pain!
Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old 3 July 2017, 16:13
billdawg24 billdawg24 is offline
Confirmed User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gretna, NE
Posts: 1,196
I just read and wrote a review(On Amazon) on the Safe at War novel.
Loved it brother. And am I reading it correctly, that it is a prequel to the 2 you mention here? I just ordered Proof of our resolve.

Looking forward to it. Keep up the good work.
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old 3 July 2017, 16:56
GPC's Avatar
GPC GPC is offline
Midgetologist
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: LFOD
Posts: 5,023
I enjoyed all his books.
__________________
Steel Rain Brings The Pain!
Reply With Quote
  #31  
Old 3 July 2017, 21:40
Sharky's Avatar
Sharky Sharky is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: SOCNET
Posts: 18,117
Chris hasn't logged in since Jan 2015. Anyone have comms with him?
__________________
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul.
-Invictus
Reply With Quote
  #32  
Old 3 July 2017, 22:34
gavin's Avatar
gavin gavin is offline
Been There Done That
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Back where it all began
Posts: 5,067
He can be reached thru Breach Bang Clear.
__________________
Clumsy Latin Phrase!
Reply With Quote
  #33  
Old 3 July 2017, 23:03
Agoge Agoge is online now
Authorized Personnel
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Vagabond
Posts: 6,197
He is active on his Facebook account as well.
Reply With Quote
  #34  
Old 5 July 2017, 14:48
BOFH's Avatar
BOFH BOFH is offline
I aim to misbehave
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: \\Gibson\garbage
Posts: 4,199
I read Proof back when you first wrote it. It was pretty awesome...I'll be grabbing a copy of this one as well. Your characters are relatable and believable, and the stories are solid. Well done, Txchris!
__________________
"...for those who man the battle line, the bugle whispers low, and freedom has a taste and price the protected never know..."


While true:
Continue
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Our new posting rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 21:01.
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Socnet.com All Rights Reserved
SOCNET