John Parker is a Graduate-qualified English/Spanish Teacher, owner and director of CHAT ENGLISH, an English Language Centre in Avilés on the north coast of Spain . A voracious reader, he has particularly loved horror fiction for many years.
This is the first in a series about Jake Mahegan, a
former Delta Force captain who has been dismissed from service after the
killing of an enemy prisoner in Afghanistan following a disastrous mission that
ends with the death of his best friend. Jake is a Native American, a Croatan
Indian who feels a connection with the land while at the same time being a
perfect athlete and killing machine, a product of the U.S military.
In this book he is
up against enemies from within [and without], principally the American Taliban
who are in many ways responsible for Jake’s dishonourable discharge. Alongside
pretty, young blonde Lindy Locklear, practically his only ally, Jake finds
himself embroiled in a plot by terrorists to destroy the USA from the inside
while facing a band of gold smugglers, slavers and pirates. It is action all
the way as our hero faces greed and corruption from all sides. It is sometimes
difficult for him to know who is friend and who is foe. Will he prevail?
This book is ideal
for those who enjoy reading about tough guys, unscrupulous villains and
corporate greed in a story liberally peppered with military jargon. After
finishing the book, I felt neither joy nor an urge to read more about this
super-soldier. There is little that helps you connect and empathise with the
characters. I also found the American Taliban’s motives a little hard to
swallow. Overall, an actioner that will entertain you for a while but,
ultimately, will leave you feeling empty.