Book Review: Into a Dark Frontier by John Mangan

August 30, 2017

Into a Dark Frontierby John Mangan is a novel about an ex-soldier, now a mercenary based in the near future on Africa. Mr. Mangan is a retired Lt. Col. From the US Air Force, this is his debut novel.

  • Publisher:Oceanview Publishing; Sew edition
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1608092615

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Some novels have great concepts and poor executions. Some novels have poor concepts but great execution. Some have poor concepts and are written poorly. But every now and then you find a novel with a great concept and great execution.
Into a Dark FrontierbyJohn Manganis one of those novels.

I have to admit that at first I thought this book had a religious agenda, which almost made me put it down. I’m glad I kept reading though, about half way through the book I realized that this isn’t the case. Mr. Mangan really gets into a character’s mind and when he tells the story through their lens he lends them credibility and authenticity.

I enjoyed reading about military equipment and tactics. The author certainly knows them well and can describe them with certainty and authority.

While I thought the overall concept was the book was somewhat outlandish, I can certainly believe that there are powers that would like to see nothing less than what the author describes. He obviously put a lot of thought into it and makes ties where they might seem improbable, but makes them work into a believable concept.
After reading Daniel Levin’s excellent book Nothing but a Circus it might not seem that bad that there are many incompetent people running things.

Slade Crawford, an ex-Navy SEAL now a government fugitive, has been hired by a religious group to take them to Africa, a continent falling apart at the seams. In the near future, African countries have fallen and it’s a free-for-all, dog eat dog, continent, a perfect place it seems to start a religious colony.

Unbeknownst to Slade, Colonel Gary Kraven is tracking him and blackmails him into working for him as an asset. But why does Col. Kraven, with the might of the US Army behind him, needs Slade?

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