Top critical review
Nicely written thriller genre piece
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 25, 2020
If you want a thriller with some gun shooting, outdoor survival, spy intrigue, and lots of patriotic mumbo jumbo about honor all wrapped in a nice book geared for adolescent males, this is worth your time. Like most books in this genre, you have the grieving male motivated to violence, the secret agency, the elite squad of super SEALS who can defeat anyone without hardly a scratch, the women with a few survival or weapons' skills who just "happen" to be trim and beautiful etc...... It is a genre piece for sure!
Good things: It moves fast, lots of slightly different characters, a few shifts in location and focus of narrative but all are easy to follow and there are none of those lengthy past tense "memories" used to work in violence and substitute for the character development the author was not skilled enough to include in the ongoing story.
Cons: Not much if you like genre pieces and are not bothered by stereotyped characters and their motivations. It does get a bit much when the main hero is kidnapped, survives some terrible and life-threatening events, tracks across a Russian winter wasteland in a story and gets attacked by wolves and then is able to defeat the Russian supersoldier who is supposedly the best of the best in a one-on-one fist fight, even though the Russian supersoldier has been rested and fed and kept warm throughout the whole story. Yeah, right. A few other odd things, like the guy is supposedly a cold weather trained elite survivalist but he drinks vodka before stepping out in the cold. Huh!!
Lot of innocent people get killed here and the story just moves on without any concern at all for them. Again, part of the genre but none the less disturbing. Anger seems the only emotion the hero can feel.
But these are mostly nit pickey things that you likely will not stumble on once you get into the story if you like this kind of thing.
Again, if you like this genre I think you will like this book. If you are looking for nuance and realism rather than bumper sticker political slogans and super SEALS, you will not like this.