Synopses & Reviews
Five paramilitary Navy SEAL operators defend the residents of a remote mountain farming village in Afghanistan from attacks by marauding Taliban. Led by the war-weary Hector, the operators and villagers form mutual bonds of honor and respect leading up to a climactic battle where the "Lions of Panjshir" are desperately outnumbered. Based on a story concept by Christopher McQuarrie, screenwriter of The Usual Suspects and director of the recent feature film Jack Reacher, this modern re-imagining of Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai set within the lens of the current Afghan conflict is given dramatic authenticity by co-writers Mark Long (The Silence of Our Friends, Shrapnel) and Dan Capel (founding member of SEAL Team Six), and includes a forward by first command officer of SEAL Team Six, military consultant Richard Marcinko. This deluxe limited edition hardcover comes packed with a sealed envelope containing story-related artifacts and documents pulled from within the world of Rubicon, expanding on the events in an interactive, puzzle-like fashion.
"A handful of Navy SEALs defend and train residents of a village in Afghanistan that's seasonally beset (and hopelessly outnumbered) by vicious Taliban bandits who steal their crops. Melodrama ensues. If the story sounds familiar, that's because it's a retelling of Kurosawa's masterpiece, Seven Samurai. The film has been remade several times and translated into other genres, including as a western (The Magnificent Seven) and a space opera, and here it's remounted as a modern-day war yarn. Given how many remakes there have been, any new version should have something new to say, but McQuarrie et al.'s book amounts to a 21st-century military re-dressing and nothing more. It strips its source concept of all the character and depth that made it great, saddles it with uninspired art, and hands the reader what amounts to an especially derivative and quite generic lads' war comic. Based on an idea by McQuarrie, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects, the book comes off like the realization of a one-sentence notion hastily scribbled on a cocktail napkin." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Christopher McQuarrie (born 1968) is an American screenwriter, producer and director. His screenplays include The Usual Suspects, for which he won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, The Way of the Gun, Valkyrie and Jack Reacher.