Fiction - Action
786 Pages
Reviewed on 03/14/2018
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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

I like and read a lot of different genres. But sometimes a book seems to have been written with a guy like me in mind. Bunker by Jay J. Falconer is exactly that kind of book. Bunker is my kind of protagonist, a U.S. military veteran who is not looking for trouble but certainly knows how to handle it if it rears its ugly head. The story is present day, but the scenario and the science are cutting edge which gives an almost sci-fi feel to the story sometimes. There are plenty of females in this story, but thank heavens they are far from the typical damsels in distress. I like this story. The bad guys are from a country I grew up thinking of as the enemy, and with a former KGB officer running that country now, this story seems like a tale that could very well happen.

The plot of Bunker is fast paced, exciting, and very well written. We hit the ground running and the action and the stakes just keep going higher and higher. This action is realistic enough and well written enough to satisfy a combat veteran and an avid reader. In other words, the plot and action scenes in Bunker are very good. Yet, if you were to ask me what the strongest attribute of this novel is, I would have to say it is the characters. They jump out at me. They are strong, they are independent, they fall short of what they should be sometimes, but, most of all, they are very believable.

Romuald Dzemo

Bunker by Jay J. Falconer is gripping escapism at its best, a tale that is packed with military action, cyber-attacks, war, and much more. Jack Bunker has a very painful past, a soldier who has descended into hell and returned alive, but he’s vowed to leave that part of him behind, until the attack on the American power grid and the suspicious activities in a nearby high security military facility. There are telltale signs that America is about to be besieged by war and it’s what Combat Engineer Jack Bunker is trained for. Now, he must stand up to defend his own or find the people and the country he loves going down in flames. He has to transform a once peaceful people into guerrilla warriors, but can he win their trust when they discover the darkness he carries within him?

Jay J. Falconer won my heart and gained my admiration for his storytelling skills and I didn’t find it hard connecting with his characters. The protagonist is the kind of character the reader wants to know better, a character with deep layers of history and experience, loaded with conflicting emotions. Jack is a 3-D character with traits that will be of great interest to readers; the internal battle he fights and his constant dilemma, torn between his past and what lies ahead. The plot features great original points and is masterfully constructed to keep the reader turning the pages. Bunker is a great treat for fans of military and action-packed thrillers, a story with a powerful setting and memorable characters.

Divine Zape

Bunker by Jay J. Falconer is an action-packed novel that explores cyber-attacks and an imminent invasion, the gritty struggle of a small community to defend itself. Meet an enigmatic character, Jack Bunker, a man whose past is as mysterious as it is dark. All he ever wanted was to forget his role as a former Combat Engineer in another life, but when an attack takes out America’s power grid and suspicious activities begin to take place in a high-security military facility, he knows he has to get back to work. Now, he must rally the people behind him and form a militant and clandestine group to stand up and fight to protect themselves against an imminent invasion. But how can he get them to follow him without betraying the secrets of his past?

This is an interesting story built around a powerful character, Jack Bunker, one of the characters I admired. Jay J. Falconer’s characters are genuinely flawed and readers will relate to their humanity. The author has the gift of crafting a conflict that is strong and phenomenal, and the conflict moves from being one man’s inner struggle to come to terms with his past to a community fight for survival. The setting is well-imagined and the author has made great use of simple cultural and geographical elements to enrich the setting. The story is packed with action and the scenes are well-written, enabling readers to perceive the intensity of the action and the emotional depth of the story. Bunker is well written, cleverly plotted, and is a real page-turning escape for fans of thrillers and sci-fi.