Review: Seal Team 666

Posted: April 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

Seal Team 666
Seal Team 666 by Weston Ochse
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Seal Team 666 pits America’s real-life action heroes against the occult. A blockbuster premise, but it derails itself at the beginning with an opening crammed full of laboriously explicated military acronyms, and no immediately distinguishable characters.

It’s a slip up that does the story a disservice. Seal Team 666 is by no means a great book, but it passes the time pleasantly. US veteran Ochse knows whereof he writes, and the military aspects of the story are insanely detailed (which may be a turn on or a turn off, depending on your tolerance for gun porn), and the horror aspects of the tale are very effective. Demonic entities, horrible supernatural flashbacks, gloriously described deaths and a generous portion of gore. Great stuff.

In character and pacing it’s less successful. The plot is a string of similar missions, and although the pages zip by in these sequences (although you can just see any one of them disastrously made into a SciFi Channel TV movie), the connecting tissue is less impressive. It’s very… American. The heroes are cumbersome creations with little depth, characterisation is liberally draped emotional tinsel. There is a dog on the team who owes much to Rintintin and Disney. All the chicks are hot. The US is best, every other nation is questionable. Osama Bin Laden was an actual demon. That kind of thing.

Still, it’s fun in fits and starts, and the series (it’s a series) could develop into something cool.

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Comments
  1. Stuart says:

    I’m usually a sucker for government agencies battling the supernatural, but they’re usually pretty shonky, and this really does not sound that much better than the common fare, especially if it’s heavy on the Clancy-esque gun porn. Might be worth looting for a modern Savage Worlds campaign or one-shot, but I don’t think I want to waste the time on it.

    And I can’t be alone in thinking making Bin Laden an actual demon is in incredible poor taste.

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