Intrepid Spirit

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Intrepid Spirit is an intense read featuring all-too-real scenarios relating to current world affairs. Author David Tunno’s story is a gripping present-day naval fiction. The fierce, vibrant tale of the old Constitution and its fallen hero to fight a battle as their reputation is at stake and the lives of many people are in danger. The story is set in the modern world with historical elementals as an ornamental background. Lieutenant Moses Redding, a brave combat-loving officer, is given the command of the Constitution as a punishment for not following orders. Still, significant challenges and grand purpose lie ahead.

The story starts with a tense battle between the crew of the USS Constitution and a terrorist group that is determined to undermine peace and create unrest in the name of their religion. The preventive diplomacy and political leaders are trying to resolve tensions within the mid-east, this gives the story a some subtle undertones of political intrigue that adds to the overall thrill of the novel. The hero is a navy lieutenant, who tried helping stranded refugees, even after disapproval by his superiors, but fails and is punished  because his actions are believed to have jeopardize those talks. He’s banished to the command of the Constitution, an epic historical warship currently in Italy on a goodwill PR tour, used almost as a tourist attraction, which is practically derogatory for a brave and distinguished war hero. But as fate has it, certain circumstances lead to events where the ship and its crew are the only fighting forces in a position to rescue the US Vice President from a terrorist group bent on lighting the fuse on a world-wide jihad by assassinating her. This is a fantastic setup to a suspenseful novel because it seems so antithetical to what actually happens. This reminds of the setup to the TV series Battlestar Galactica, but a much more contemporary story line.

Author David Tunno has a charming and compelling writing style. His characters include both living people as well as nonliving objects. He gives life to objects, and they are as crucial as human characters. The book sometimes doesn’t strictly adhere to consistent timelines, and the buildup of the story is occasionally frantic, but as the story picks up, it engulfs you in its world. The only issue I had with this book was introducing too many characters together at places, probably because it was initially written as a screenplay, which was then turned into a novel. Besides this, the book is a genuinely entertaining read. The author creates a story with a high level of sensory details and actions rather, completely immersing you in the story and the action.

Intrepid Spirit is one of the most thrilling books I’ve read this year so far. The political tension and intrigue coupled with hair-raising action, geopolitical chess, and cutting-edge technology make it an enjoyable book for anyone looking for a suspenseful military action novel that never forgets to entertain the reader.

Pages: 343


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