Tom Clancy fans rejoice, a new player has entered the Thriller genre

5 out of 5 stars

Follow Sean Havens a 20-year veteran black-ops operative as he is challenged in ways that even he doesn’t see coming.  Thrown into the world that he was once fighting against, Havens is forced to make decisions to protect those that he loves along the way.

I love when a book can grab my attention in the beginning.  I love even more when it does this AND won’t let it go throughout.  That’s how I felt while I was reading Safe Havens: Shadow Masters.  This genre usually isn’t something I read a lot of but I have dabbled from time to time.  If all Military Thriller books were this good, I’d be reading a lot more of them.

Patten’s style reminds me of Tom Clancy with slightly more edge, which are not words to be thrown around lightly.  I loved the black ops/covert stuff within, it makes me tingle with excitement when I don’t know what’s going to happen next.

A few times this reminded me of the Bourne books/movies (some of my all-time favorites in the genre), and others you could tell this was a whole new beast.

I will be on the watch out for J.T. Patten’s other books, and I’m really glad that I picked this one up to review.

Narration for Safe Havens: Shadow Masters was done by Charles Kahlenberg.  My only qualm is that the first few chapters were a little fast.  I wasn’t prepared for that.  Normally I start a book at normal speed and progressively speed it up as I get used to the narrators tone and delivery.  But this one started out at around a 1.5 (without speeding up).  The speed gets better after the first few chapters, but it is still something to watch out for.  The narrator’s voice is perfect for this story/character, though.  I would definitely listen to another Patten/Kahlenberg audiobook.

Book Description:

Father, Husband, Shadow Warrior. Target.

Sean Havens served the government black ops underworld for over 20 years. He lived and operated through corporate cut-outs and within the dark recesses of humanity to protect the country he loved. But when the family he loved was unprotected by his country, Havens’s clandestine double life follows him home colliding two very separate worlds. Shock awaits as he learns who is friend or foe in the obscure domestic battlefield. To find sanctuary, he must navigate the intertwined shadows of underhanded proxy surrogate schemes, staged terrorism, and a long thought to be disbanded CIA rival – The Pond. If Havens survives as both protector and punisher, will his soul be among the body count? Few will find safe haven amidst those seeking revenge and refuge within the twisted wreckage of covert eliminations and set-ups.

Enthusiasts of military thrillers and espionage conspiracies from the likes of Tom Clancy, Vince Flynn, and Lee Child will enjoy this authentic dark ride, lauded by best-selling authors Dalton Fury, Mark Greaney, and Kevin Maurer. The novel was written by former discrete operations intelligence adviser, “J.T. Patten” who brings an insider’s view and voice that those in the know will recognize, and outsiders will appreciate a rare glimpse to a world that few know exists.

Safe Havens: Shadow Masters by J.T. Patten
Narrator: Charles Kahlenberg
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
Series: Sean Havens Black Ops #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Military Thriller
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Buried In Black (Task Force Orange #1)


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