From Russia Without Love: A Special Operations Group Thriller

From Russia Without Love: A Special Operations Group Thriller

by Stephen Templin


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Just when he thought he was out, CIA pulled him back in...

Chris Paladin left SEAL Team Six to become a preacher, but CIA pulls him back in to the dark side. This time to stop a Russian spy who's kidnapped someone close to the White House. From Greece to Russia, it's sink or swim to rescue the hostage and stop an imminent attack in this pulse-pounding read.


Chris "Reverend" Paladin left SEAL Team Six to become a pastor. Until CIA pulled him back in. He's quick on the draw and efficient under fire.

Hannah "Infidel" Andrade delivers a triple knockout with her elegant smile, mixed martial arts skills and Agency tradecraft. CIA tapped her to be team leader, and she tapped her best friend Chris for this mission.

Sonny "Sunshine" Cohen is the insult comic who terrorizes terrorists. He is "on loan" to the Agency from the Army's Delta Force. Also known as "Super Jew."

And You...


"As action packed as a Tom Clancy thriller . . . harrowing . . . adrenaline-laced."

-New York Times

"Pulses with the grit of a Jerry Bruckheimer production . . ."

-Washington Post

"Another great novel reflecting our spec ops forces' global capabilities. Written by a proven and insightful master storyteller."

-Howard E. Wasdin, former SEAL Team Six sniper and NYT bestselling author of SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper and Easy Day for the Dead

"A muscular thrill ride that's rich with detail and full of heart and energy. A standout in the ranks of modern action-adventure thrillers."

-Mark Greaney, #1 NYT bestselling author of Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance and Agent in Place (Gray Man)

"Grabs you on page one and is hard to put down."

-General Henry H. Shelton, former commander in chief of the US Special Operations Command and 14th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

"A must read."

-Jack Coughlin, former gunnery sergeant, USMC, and bestselling author of In the Crosshairs: A Kyle Swanson Sniper Novel and Shooter

"Eloquent, realistic, humorous, and thought-provoking . . ."

-Mark Beder, former lieutenant commander, SEAL assault team leader

"Great fast paced novel drawing readers deeper into the flames of operational activity hell. Attrition goes beyond body count, Templin captures warriors' souls. Hardware is real, situational responses are real, and the heat of the moment humor is real. There are numerous great thriller writers in the market place but Stephen Templin brings great writing and authenticity to the story for an easy to follow thrill ride with unique characters and twists."

-JT Patten, CT intelligence specialist and bestselling author of Buried in Black & Safe Havens

"There are few authors who have as deep an understanding of the shadowy world of global special operations as Stephen Templin. And there are fewer still who can synthesize that knowledge into a thrilling narrative so deftly . . . Stephen weaves a tale that reflects today's complicated reality, where motives and allegiances are rarely black and white and there are no easy answers. Even more impressively, he manages to do this while still bringing plenty of visceral gunfights and car chases."

-Chris Martin, bestselling author of Modern American Snipers

"A masterful blend . . . not knowing if you're about to take a bullet to the head from a SEAL sniper or get hit in the gut with a punch line."

-Dalton Fury, former Delta Force commander and NYT bestselling author of Execute Authority: A Delta Force Novel and Kill Bin Laden

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781516800162
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2015
Series: Special Operations Group , #2
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Steve is a NYT, USA Today and international bestselling author, with the movie rights to one of his books purchased by Vin Diesel. His books have been translated into 13 languages, and he publishes with three of the Big 5 publishers: Simon and Schuster, Macmillan, and Hachette UK. Steve's writing is "action packed...harrowing...adrenaline laced" (New York Times).

He wasn't a SEAL, but he completed Hell Week, qualified as a pistol and rifle expert, blew up stuff, and practiced small-unit tactics during Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training. Later, Steve became a missionary. Then for 14 years he lectured as a tenured professor at Meio University in Japan, where he trained in the martial art aikido. His PhD is in education, and he lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Secretly, he's a dark chocolate thief. Feel free to talk with him on Twitter or Facebook.

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From Russia Without Love: A Special Operations Group Thriller 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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GRgenius More than 1 year ago
I had a little background and connection with the characters in this story having read the first two SEAL TEAM SIX books, but even from an outsiders perspective, I can see this working wonderfully as a standalone read. Though not a genre I delve into very often, there are a few where the story rules the day. Now don't get me wrong, there are certainly higher political powers at work and aspirations of countries outdoing other countries (not my cup of tea), but you get so caught up in the more focused story that you can choose to acknowledge its existence without it taking over the entire read. We've got a killer story filled with action, espionage, and mayhem hat will keep you on the edge of your seat. The finite details will enchant some, but for me, the characters are where it's at! Chris (codename Reverand), Hannah (Infidel), and Sonny (Mr. Sunshine) are a lethal trio. Whatever they put their minds to, consider it done....and I mean REALLY done. There's no escaping when they've set their sites on you. Even if they have to go to the ends of the earth, sneak aboard a cruise ship, jump overboard in the dead of night to chase a shadow through the streets of are going down. *Hoo Rah* Despite all of that, they aren't just kill and capture machines. Chris is actually a Reverand in his "other life", something that brings him great inner peace and joy. True, he'd love for that world to encompass Hannah a bit more on the regular but he'll take what he can get until her path ties into his (*fingers crossed*). Being our "leading man", we get inside his head much more than those of his teammates, but it allows us to see the human aspect of what they do. As for those mates, Hannah is rather deadly herself. If you don't get knocked out my her looks (according to the reactions of most men surrounding her), she'll easily pick you off with a well placed shot and erase all traces of it occuring with a call to one of her many contacts. Never mistake her for an unassuming woman; she just might have to MMA your butt to the ground. (*high five*) That brings us to Sonny. He's certainly the most crass and loves nothing more than the heat of the mission (well, except his food and women) but we actually see a small crack in that bada** veneer this time around. I won't exploit it (though I should), but it once again brings him back out of the realm of married to his work and everyday dude. Admittedly, it won't be for everyone, but for those that venture between the pages, you may be surprised just how high it rates on your reading list. Recommended for adult readers due to the story itself and violent content...otherwise, we're clean like the take downs they aim for. **ebook received in exchange for my honest review, full post can be seen on my site**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again, a "can't put it down" read from Templin. We learn more about Chris, Templin's main character, and I am intrigued that Templin chose such an interesting angle on a character's internal struggles. Most authors tend to steer clear of the spiritual turmoil their characters face when dealing with death and destruction. However, in Templin's case, he puts it front and center. Along with the non stop action, which propels a reader forward at a dizzying pace, he offers a character that the "everyman" can relate to. The back drop to the conflict in the novel is set in the high tension world of "who controls the energy resources, controls people". The power struggles and megalomaniacs painted so richly by Templin are something we see in the news everyday, so it was very easy to relate. I always enjoy his novels and wait with baited breath for the next. I hope he continues with these characters as I believe they make a great and diversified team.
J_Vermillion_M More than 1 year ago
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. “ Elbert Hubbard. Author Stephen Templin returns with From Russia Without Love, a Special Operations Group Thriller of dynamic proportions. Beyond the accurate descriptions of special operations gear and military maneuvers, the real characters are fleshed out with human characteristics, humor, and vulnerability. Templin takes it to the next level with depth and detail. Hailing from the DFW area, our hero flies out of Addison Airport. Of course he does. Addison Airport, just north of Dallas, is home to Million Air, the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, and was the location of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s presidential candidacy announcement. There’s cool and collected, and then there’s Texas cool. Rare among the military action and adventure genre is the hero that is spiritually unique both on and off the field of battle. In the fight for our very lives, nothing matters more than the soul. At the end of the day, there’s a friend waiting for each of us, a friend who knows us very well indeed.