• Fields of Fire

  • A Matthew Redd Thriller
  • By: Ryan Steck
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)

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Fields of Fire

By: Ryan Steck
Narrated by: Chris Abell
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Waiting to be deployed on a critical mission, elite Marine Raider Matthew Redd stops to help a stranger and wakes up hours later to learn his team was wiped out in an ambush. Unable to remember anything, Redd can’t deny the possibility that he’s somehow responsible for the information leak that led to the massacre. He’s given a deal to avoid a charge of treason, but it means walking away from the Corps and the life he loved.

As he faces his loss, Matty gets a cryptic message from his adoptive father, J. B.: “Trouble’s come knocking. . . . Might need your help.” He points his truck home to rural Montana, only to discover that J. B. is dead and the explanation for his death is far from satisfying. Determined to dig up the truth, Redd uncovers a dark global conspiracy with his hometown at the center and no team at his back―except one he might find among past friends, old enemies, and new allies, if he can figure out who to trust.

©2022 Ryan Steck (P)2022 Tyndale House Publishers

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The Real Book Spy’s break out debut novel!!!!

For anyone who read reviews by the Real Book Spy this writing style should be somewhat familiar since his real name is Ryan Steck. With all the books Mr. Steck has read and reviewed I had expected to find character similarities to some of the more popular mystery and espionage books. In a way there are similarities but no more then any other series has in common with another. So I was happy to see this new original character being introduced into the mystery/espionage/thriller genre. I am also glad I found this since it has been categorized into Literature and Fiction.

The protagonist is Matthew Redd. After being tricked into helping a beautiful woman with a flat tire , she convinces him to join her for one beer. He wakes up confused and had missed an operation with his crew that leaves his entire team dead. Disgraced and barely dodging a court martial he heads for the only real home he’s ever had. His foster father, JB has a ranch in Montana. He’s hit with another blow when he finds JB has died in an apparent accident when he fell from his horse. But Redd becomes suspicious when an offer from a very wealthy man comes in on JB’s failing ranch before the estate has come anywhere close to being settled.
Redd begins to investigate because he just can’t believe JB could have died in a horse accident. What Redd finds is trouble. And the action begins.
Chris Abell does a great job narrating.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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mediocre

Good story line until you get near the end. the coincidences going on are just a little unbelievable. It seems a little far fetched the people responsible for so many things in the story are tied DIRECTLY to the main character. NO ONE is THAT unlucky. The things Redd did in his military service part of the story are great, but it doesn't carry on into the story. Very action packed beginning. Reader was mostly good, but at times, it's difficult to know when a different character is speaking.

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The book was very predictable

I don't know if it is because I read so much in this genre, but I found the book very predictable. In the first chapter I said, ok, something is going to happen to his team and he will be blamed, The same with what happened on the farm. I don't want to give away spoilers here, but you could see everything coming.
It is also so boring that the women are always the most stunningly beautiful and the guys are always so big, and don't go down in a fight . . . . blah, blah blah, same old, same old
Very disappointing and a boring storyline
I can already tell you what will happen in book 2.

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AMAZING Debut Author and Novel!!!!!!!!!!

Ryan Steck has taken the thriller genre to another level in “Fields of Fire.” There’s something for everyone: from military, weapons and action to intrigue, suspense, and romance. This first in the Matthew Redd series weaves a storyline that will leave you wanting more!

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Blacklisted Author & Narrator

You will be completely lost until everything is explained at the end. The contrived multitude of world changing coincidences are 100% implausible & unrealistic. Book is quite simplistic until you get to the end then an absurd world changing plot is magically thrown into the mix.

The protagonist is a 6'3" 240 lbs of muscle that likes to fight his fights by himself as he is a loner. He is Special Forces yet the idiot author has a bad guy sneak up on him from behind not 1 time, but 2 times. This is highly unlikely esp in a parking lot or entering a barn.

There is a lot of times you will want to fast forward through the stupid writing. I could not listen to this book without my finger over the Fast Forward button. Author will often ask 2-4 pointless questions back-to-back.

Every woman in the book is drop dead gorgeous.

Author uses "like" in every other sentence, always followed by a stupid pointless cliche that adds nothing to the story line. In fact 3-4% of the book uses this amateur writing methodology, thus 4% of the book is 100% wasted and annoying. Good to great authors rarely use "like". This author will often say "like" 2-3 times in 1 sentence. Incredibly annoying & stupid!

Narrator is so boring and dry, rarely uses any quality inflections, that I almost returned the book because he was so bad. But since I paid for it I suffered thru it all.

Never again will I listen to this author or narrator.

Oh ya! Good guy breaks bad guy's knee by kicking it inwards, but later in book bad guy acts as if his knee was never broken.

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A little slow in the middle

Great story and hero. It seemed a little slow in the middle when Matt arrived in town.

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Well done mix of bang bang shoot ups and a mystery

Well done performance. A predictable story and I did not mind. Had to laugh at times with the old school dialouge.

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Great Introductory Story

I was happy to see Ryan venture into writing. I've been following his reviews for quite a long time. When one of my favorite author's recommended his book, I was sold. I got a little worried when he used almost every cliche in the book early on, but it smoothed out and the story was great! The characters were well written and relatable. A solid first book for Ryan. I can't wait to read his next one!

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GREAT first novel!!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book! ready for book number two. The story is performed wonderfully by Chris and it moves quickly without any lags

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An Impressive Debut Novel

Simply put, Ryan Steck’s Fields of Fire is an impressive debut novel. It harnesses the better elements of C.J. Box, Jack Reacher, Yellowstone, Longmire, and more into an engaging novel. Ryan is no stranger to thriller writing, having made a career for years as one of the most respected thriller reviewers. He deliberately builds the plot's tension, allowing the reader to meet Matthew Redd and other characters. We feel his anger and confusion as he tries to investigate what happened to him, his family, friends, and the Montana town where he was raised. The twists and turns sneak up on you and are not overshadowed by lengthy high-tech descriptions or forced action sequences.

I listened to the Audible of this book. The narrator was professional and easy to listen to. His accents and voices were natural and never forced. I look forward to the next book in the Matty Redd series.