You can depend on Matt Hilton to provide a further entertaining contribution to his thriller series featuring Joe Hunter. Without a doubt, Blood and Ashes is certainly a high-octane addition.
From the book’s outset when Hunter refuses Don Hoffman, an old friend, to find out if his daughter’s death was an accident or indeed murder, you know that you don’t believe Hunter will fail him. And it’s not long before he is called into action to defend this friend and family from a gang of violent skinheads hell-bent in killing Don. Just what is it about the old man that has made him a target? Only when the fire fight is over does Hunter really find out what he has gotten himself into.
From what seems to be a vendetta on an old man by white supremacists, Hunter is catapulted into a world of political intrigue and dirty bombs. Has Hunter got the balls to save the day? You have to read the book to find out.
There is an abundance of smoke and mirrors, of violence, and clashes of personalities: these all add to the excitement. The plot and characters are connected to the dramatic action every inch of the way and ensnared with emotional intensity. Matt Hilton easily manipulates his characters, trying to steer them clear of being stereotypical. Hunter is dark and broody, just as the genre loves their hero to be and it’s not a bad thing.
Another plus for the series, and much like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books, you can start anywhere. They have the ability to stand alone. Hilton’s style is earthy and the pace ensures you never notice the length of the book. You will come away having certainly been thrilled and entertained.