Publication Date: Available Now from Bloodhound
Source: Review Copy
What do you do when the love of your life vanishes without a trace? If you’re ex-intelligence agent James Ryker you search for the answers whatever the cost, however much blood and sacrifice it takes…
Six months ago Lisa was taken from Ryker, and he’ll stop at nothing to find out who is responsible and why. Following a trail to Mexico, the ex-Joint Intelligence Agency asset soon finds himself in the firing line of enemies he long thought he’d left behind. Set-up for the murder of a former informant, Ryker is thrown into a crumbling jail run by The Black Hornet, the notorious leader of a Mexican drug cartel. But what connects the cartel to the informant’s murder, and to Lisa’s disappearance? And just who is the mystery American claiming he can help Ryker in his hour of need?
So I’ve been reading Rob Sinclair’s thrillers for a while now, starting with the Enemy series and more recently Red Cobra, the spin off featuring “James Ryker” and I always always enjoy them and read them pretty much in one sitting – it was no different with The Black Hornet.
The thing that this author does so well is the fine line between thrill seeking and storytelling, you have to have great characters and you have to have levels and nuances for me to enjoy a thriller and you get that here. Some of the action in The Black Hornet is truly edge of the seat, the fact that you care about what happens making them even more so. I would caution that reading the earlier books is probably wise, the ongoing underneath of it all would work better in full than in a vacuum.
The portions set in the Mexican jail were especially hard hitting – in a way that keeps you turning the pages – and the sense of it all is very authentic. I like Ryker as a character, I like his attitude, a very intriguing main protagonist to walk the road with.
Overall very good indeed. One of those authors that just kind of fell onto my must read list, pure escapism and always a darn good yarn.
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