Primary Target: The Forging of Luke Stone—Book #1

Primary Target: The Forging of Luke Stone—Book #1 by Jack Mars Book Summary

“One of the best thrillers I have read this year.”
--Books and Movie Reviews (re Any Means Necessary)

In the much-anticipated debut of a new series by #1 bestseller Jack Mars, when elite Delta Force soldier Luke Stone, 29, joins a secretive government agency, he is dispatched on the mission of a lifetime: a whirlwind race across Europe and the Mid-East to save the President’s daughter before she is beheaded by terrorists.

In PRIMARY TARGET (Book #1), we see the forging of one of the world’s toughest—and most lethal—soldiers: Luke Stone. A 29 year old veteran who has seen enough battle to last a lifetime, Luke is tapped by the Special Response Team, a secretive new FBI agency (led by his mentor Don Morris) to tackle the most high-stake terrorism operations in the world.

Luke, still haunted by his wartime past and newly married to an expecting Becca, is dispatched on a mission to Iraq, with his new partner Ed Newsam, to bring in a rogue American contractor. But what begins as a routine mission mushrooms into something much, much bigger.

When the President’s teenage daughter, kidnapped in Europe, is ransomed by terrorists, Luke may be the only one in the world who can save her before it is too late.

PRIMARY TARGET is an un-putdownable military thriller, a wild action ride that will leave you turning pages late into the night. It marks the long-anticipated debut of a riveting new series by #1 bestseller Jack Mars, dubbed “one of the best thriller authors” out there.

Book #2—PRIMARY COMMAND—is also now available!

“Thriller writing at its best.”
--Midwest Book Review (re Any Means Necessary)

Also available is Jack Mars’ #1 bestselling LUKE STONE THRILLER series (7 books), which begins with Any Means Necessary (Book #1), a download with over 800 five star reviews!

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- Primary Target5 star

Enjoyed the book and all the action in it. Poor guys never got any rest. Good read with a happy ending for some.

- Great read with believable background.5 star

As a retired sailor, who spent sometime mine hunting in the Persian Gulf before Desert Shield/Storm, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

- Primary Target5 star

Exciting and Entertaining! Great book. Can’t wait to read the next one!

- Primary Target3 star

Too much violence.

- Primary Target5 star

Great read lots of action and a good story to boot.

- Bonus Material?3 star

My thanks to the author for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review. Honestly.... this book has action and adventure galore but having read the Luke Stone books, it left me feeling like I’d just watched the “bonus material” on a DVD. The book fills in background of several events that have been referred to in the Stone series, most notably the kidnapping of the President’s daughter. It also tees up a character references for several people who feature in the Stone books. I rate three stars for Mars’ writing, which I enjoy, but that’s all I can do; overall it seemed like reworked edits from Stone 1 & 2. Recommended for SERIOUS Luke Stone fans only, or as a first reading of anything Luke Stone.

- Primary Target5 star

I loved the first prequel to the Luke Stone series and had a hard time putting this book down. Having read most of the original series, I enjoyed reading the back story on Luke Stone and how his team has been built. Great story line that I hope will continue for a long time to come.

- Great Read...5 star

As I have been from the first book, I can’t wait for more. It’s great to get more background and understanding about Luke Stone. Probably my favorite character in the genre. When I start the Luke Stone books, I find them difficult to put down. I highly recommend the series.

- And so it begins5 star

A prequel to the excellent Luke Stone series, Primary Target tells how it all began. Luke Stone, part of the Delta Force, meets up for the first time with his future teammates: Ed Newsom, Trudy Wellington, Mark Swann, and Don Morris, as well as his wife Becca and son Gunner (in utero). It’s an action-packed story that grips you through multiple adventures as Luke transitions from Delta Force to an elite FBI team. It introduces you to Luke’s eventual connection to the White House that becomes so primary to the series. Jack Mars is an excellent author and I recommend the entire series. I look forward to the next prequel as well as the next installment in the regular series.

- Timeline doesn't match3 star

First book in the Luke Stone series states he's just meeting Newsam. Then this book shows Stone already knew him. Still a good read but...

- Sure to be a hit!5 star

Already a fan of the Luke Stone series it is great to go back and learn how the Luke Stone we know was forged. This new book follows the authors well established flight plan and leads you on a spare and fast-paced action adventure. Just the right amount of time on overall character development. This new prequel series is sure to be a hit regardless if you are already a fan of Luke. Well done Jack.

- Primary Target5 star

Great book..rad it in 2 days. Really let’s you understand how Luke Stone became who he his. Excellent writing. Can’t wait for the next book

- Primary Target At Warp Speed5 star

I’m a big fan of covert operation and geopolitical novels. Jack Mars’s Primary Target is a great read in this genre. His novel is action packed with palpable tension on every page. His prose is honest and real, draws the reader in at every step. The scene at the home of Ahmet’s parents is a perfect example. Or look at the unexpected jump from the chopper as Luke leads a rescue effort. Despite the tension, look for wit throughout. Whether it’s Ed Newsam or the two chopper pilots, you’ll find sardonic wit from these characters. It’s very hard to put down this novel. And out of all the death and destruction comes life and hope as Luke asks: What does it all mean.


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fast paced action, adventure thriller about hero Luke Stone. I highly recommend it, especially if you are a fan of the Luke Stone series.

- Primary Target5 star

Luke Stone - Reluctant Hero. Torn between love for his pregnant wife and doing his duty he goes out to lead a team of black operators and technical and intelligence experts to execute needed operations. Going out on a short simple operation is neither short nor simple. If you like the Luke Stone series this is the book for you. If you have not read that series this book is a great introduction to him, his team, and his family.

- Primary Target5 star

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- Primary Target5 star

Great action, vivid fight scenes, interesting read. Have enjoyed all Mr. Mars books. Too bad ; not all his books are available via Electronic books.

- Primary Target-the Forging of Luke Stone-Book #15 star

This book was a real page turner. I’ve read all of Jack Mars books and Luke Stone just gets better and better. Found it hard to put down just wanting to read what happens next. It’s great to find out Luke Stone’s background. Already preordered #2. Love all the characters and how they interact. Look forward to reading each and every one Mr. Mars. Spend many happy hours emerged in reading your stories and look forward to many more. Dee P NJ

- Luke rocks4 star

Great action! Worth reading. Many of the same characters as in the series

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- Primary command5 star

Well written a book you cannot put down action from first to last page

- A thrilling page turner5 star

Couldn’t put it down. Explains a lot of Luke Stones back story. Really enjoyed it

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