"A former Marine himself, Betley proves himself an able heir to the throne held by the likes of Brad Thor and the late, great Vince Flynn....Not to be missed" (The Providence Journal).
When Logan West impulsively answers a dead man's ringing phone, he triggers a global race against the clock to track down an unknown organization searching for an Iraqi artifact that is central to a planned attack in the Middle East—one that will draw the United States into a major conflict with Iran.
Logan, a former Marine officer, is quickly contracted as a "consultant" to assist the FBI as part of a special task force bent on stopping the shadowy operatives, whatever the cost. The battles are nonstop, from the plains of the Midwest, to mansions in northern Mexico, to the war-torn Al-Anbar province, pitting an international team against trained mercenaries employed by the world's largest private security contractor...whose owner has a personal vendetta against the US government. Meanwhile, Logan is battling his own demons, especially the trauma of the ambush that his Force Recon unit suffered at an insurgent torture compound in Fallujah in 2004, which threatens to destroy everything he holds dear.
With high-stakes and fully-realized characters, Overwatch is a thriller unlike any you've read before: deftly plotted, up-to-the-minute, and impossible to put down.
Betley, a former Marine officer, draws on his battlefield experience for his rousing first novel. One morning in October 2008, ex-Marine Logan West awakes from an alcoholic stupor in his Annapolis, Md., home to find an intruder in his basement. Logan immediately realizes that the man is up to no good, and in the ensuing fight he manages to kill him. When Logan takes a call on the dead man's cell phone, he learns from the person who answers, Juan, that the man was planning to kidnap him. Juan says he wants an Iraqi flag that Logan and his team acquired during a mission in Fallujah in 2004. Juan also threatens to harm Logan's wife unless he cooperates. Soon Logan and his FBI special agent buddy, Mike Benson, are on the hunt for the bad guys. Betley writes a good fight scene and knows how to plot, but readers should be prepared for some awkward prose ("She was cemented to the carpet, transfixed by her horror").