Rogue Warrior

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

The pusillanimous policy-making panjandrums finally realize their policy of denial and deferral has again opened the door of the henhouse to the terrorist fox. Therefore, the Rogue Warrior and his nefarious friends are sent forth to perform righteous but wholly deniable acts which frequently violate the letter, but never the spirit of the Constitution of 1787. It is not a task for the faint of heart or the weak of knee, but readers familiar with this series need not be reminded that these warriors are pure of heart and thus fight with the strength of ten.

The story is simple enough. Marcinko and his team of hardy heroes successfully rescue the Secretary of the Navy from a hostage situation, but in the confusion her bodyguard loses control and finds himself on the wrong end of a bullet. With court martial and inevitable imprisonment on the horizon, Task Force Blue is looking for a way out. Marcinko is mindful that all who injure are not enemies and all who offer succor are not friends, but those going down for the third time find useful service for even a straw. The straw in question, a deep-cover operation to destroy a terrorist network organized by a wealthy, thoroughly psychotic billionaire with despotic tendencies. The odds are stacked against them, but Task Force Blue and their intrepid commander will win because they have no choice.

Those who completed the first three books in this highly successful series will undoubtedly be pleased to see an addition to the canon. Others may find the Rogue Warrior so offensive as to verge on his becoming a legend in his own mind; it is all a matter of taste.