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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
One Down is the second book in the Citizen Warrior Series by J. Thomas Rompel. This is an interesting thriller, fast-paced and featuring elaborately developed and unforgettable characters. Carter Thompson has worked with retired Delta Force Colonel Doug Redman before to save the American people from a serious threat. When the old man receives a call from the retired Colonel, asking Carter and the team to meet urgently, Carter knows there is trouble. But it is far greater than his fear of their secret being uncovered. The United States is under another attack and can they stop this one before it is too late? Moreover, do they have enough fight in them for an enemy this vicious?
One Down is beautifully written and deftly plotted. I enjoyed the fact that the key characters are veterans and the author does an incredible job in exploring their friendship and the power of teamwork. J. Thomas Rompel opens the story with an intriguing premise; an arms dealer who represents a strong threat to the country. The suspense starts from the moment the call is made to Carter and I became very keen on seeing what happened next as I followed the narrative. The characters are sophisticated and believable. I loved the way the key characters worked together. The prose is exciting, crisp and flowing, filled with descriptions that capture the details of the setting and scenes. This novel is an exciting read, spiced with humor and packed with action.