THE GLOVES ARE OFF - MANTRA-6
A High Octane Thriller
John Devereaux, an SAS Warrant Officer, is seconded to the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS). Devereaux is handed a mission that will test him to his very core. The mission - Infiltrate into Cambodia via parachute from 37000 feet in the dead of night and assassinate two high value targets. Unbeknown to Devereaux, the Director-General of ASIS, Magnus Webb, is testing Devereaux for a far more important role - as the head of an off-the-books clandestine cell buried deep inside ASIS and known only as MANTRA-6. From the jungles of Cambodia to the streets of Sydney and Bangkok - to the secretive mafia dens of Moscow and the extravagant French Riviera, explosive SAS and ASIS action uncovers a shadowy and powerful organization that brings us face to face with the Russian Mafia.
-Devereaux's mission has just begun -
SAS Warrant Officer and ASIS Non-Official-Cover Operative
SAS Patrol Commander and Covert Team Commander. Seconded to ASIS as an “Asset” to do their dirty work.
Director-General of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS)
Tired of political correctness and the government's paralysis in taking action against those who would do us harm... Magnus unshackles his chains... he has a plan!
Senior ASIS Intelligence Officer
Connor is a long serving senior ASIS Intelligence Officer and close confidante of Webb. He is the go to man for off-the-books missions that assure anonymity.... He is the consummate master spy.
ASIS IO & Manager of Mortimer House
Miranda manages Mortimer House in Sydney, the cover for MANTRA-6. She is an ASIS IO and specialist in deep-cover operations.
GENERAL SOMPON GETTI
Commander Thai Special Forces & NARCO Kingpin
Utilising his legitimate position in the Thai Defence Force, he has amassed a fortune from his illegal empire ... He is ruthless, efficient and commands a family of spies.
Intelligence Officer of the Thai National Intelligence Agency (NIA).
The daughter of General Sompon Getti, Anchalee is a cold lethal Assassin... Who is her next target?
Intelligence Officer with the Thai National Intelligence Agency (NIA)
Son of General Sompon Getti. Chatri is Ambitious, Ruthless and has the keys to his father's empire.
Boss of the Vory V Zakone...
Kozlov is a harden criminal, the boss of Moscow’s Solntsevskaya organized crime gang; he is Vory V Zakone - the Russian Mafia.
Former KGB Officer turned Vory V Zakone. He is the Vory's man in Western Europe
Highly trained former KGB Intelligence Officer - his specialist skill - Assassin! Now selling his skill set to the Russian Mafia.
THE EFFORTS OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE WANTING TO MAKE A CHANGE IN THE WORLD TO ADDRESS THE DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY ORGANISED CRIME.
April 22, 2018
A really enjoyable and easy read. Loads of action from start to end keeping the reader wanting more.
The writer manages to keep the readers attention and imagination captured.
Although fiction, the book highlights the issues and problems faced in the real world by governments and security agencies all over the world to counter and address organised crime. Focusing on these issues faced everyday, makes the story believable and the reader want to cheer Devereaux and Mortimer Acquisitions on in their fight.
The writer also manages to make the characters realistic by highlighting strengths and weaknesses as people would typically experience in the real world. But it never gets overly emotional and there can be no doubt that action is the crux of the book.
And a nice change from the 'normal' American or British heroes that one would find in similar action books.
A most enjoyable book with the closing chapter leaving the reader with a desire for more. Well worth reading.
Well done Mr Hutchings, a great book! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES !!
April 16, 2018
Thrillers, especially spy stories are not normally the genre I read, but when I was handed this book and opened the first page I was initially intrigued. As I turned the pages I became totally engrossed in the story and the development of the characters and how they interacted.
I'm amazed at the insight into the SAS and the world of spies... the author really takes you on a journey into this shadowy world... I felt like I was there with Devereaux.... I loved this book.
I understand it is a series... if so, I cant wait to read the next book in the series.
LOOK OUT JASON BOURNE
April 19, 2018
Mantra-6 Brimstone is a wild ride. This book kept me turning the pages with just the right amount of action and suspense. I really liked the main character John Devereaux, he was flawed, but highly lethal and focused. What I liked most was that he was portrayed as a normal looking guy - an average man with exceptional skills... NOT a super hero or super spy - that was very refreshing.
Finally there is a fiction book written about the Australian SAS and one written by someone who was actually in the SAS. I guess that's why it seemed so authentic.
Refreshing!!! I definitely recommend 'Brimstone'
AN AMAZING NOVEL
March 21, 2019
Ken Murray rated MANTRA-6 'BRIMSTONE' 5 Stars.
Russel Hutchings does an amazing job of weaving you through multiple characters during a suspense-filled thriller, "Mantra-6 Brimstone". I felt like I really knew his main character, Devereaux, or at least knew someone just like him after only reading the first chapter or two. Hutching's work opens with a high-altitude parachute jump (at night) into the jungle that he tells with such amazing detail and descriptors--I was hooked from the start! He really aids the reader by explaining away all of the Special Operations acronyms which sometimes have the tendency to bog a book down--simply not the case with Mantra-6 Brimstone. I highly recommend this work for all readers who enjoy a good page-turning thriller that you won't be able to put down, just like me.