Seal Team 666
Written by: Weston Ochse
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Titan Publishing
Military fiction can be a mixed bag. Sometimes it can be a bit over-descriptive, overdoing the whole “I know loads about guns” thing. I feel the key to a good military fiction is balance, and thankfully Ochse manages it, partly because he can write good, quick paced action sequences, keeping everything pretty fresh, but also because there are psychotic demons popping up every now and then to mix things up.
His Demon mythology is brilliant; there is no humanity to them, no hint of possible good. They are genuinely horrible, horrible creatures, which is awesome. When people attempt to project a kind of twisted humanity onto the demons in their novels, I get a bit bored. It means you lose so much scope for proper schlocky, gory horror, which Ochse definitely has a talent for.
The team is central to this kind of thing, and thankfully they work well. From the shadowy higher ups, down through the ranks to Walker, our protagonist. He’s damn good as the rookie, and the special talents of each of the members are pretty cool. Can’t really say too much, but there’s a reason they were selected for the team. The chemistry between them works and you get a small insight into how close these groups become.
All in all what you have here is a multi-genre horror/military fiction with very likable characters, a strong mythology, and a giant pile of source material for further stories. That I would definitely read.