Published: December 2020
Alex Abbott is an ex-special forces soldier, living in Singapore as a gun for hire. Alone and battling with an alcohol addiction which he is in denial about. After a job goes wrong, he soon learns that his son, Nathan who is also in the military is missing. He finds himself having to return to Baghdad in an attempt to find his son and return him home safely. In the process his past comes back to haunt him and old secrets uncovered which may potentially sabotage his mission and threaten his safety.
This was my first military based thriller and I can’t tell you, it was super action packed! It is also the author’s first novel, which was absolutely brilliant. From the build up all the way to an exciting and unexpected ending, I was kept at the edge of my seat.
The main character battles substance abuse, depression, PTSD which is not uncommon among military veterans. We get a good idea of how it affects their mental well-being and how it can influence their relationships with the people around them.
“Alex Abbott had a rule: never wear anything you can’t run or fight in”
There is emphasis on father-son relationships as well as dysfunctional family relationships and how this ends up shaping the characters. I enjoyed the character growth of the protagonist and as this is only the first book in the series, I have a feeling that there is still a lot more to learn about Abbott and his past.
Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton is actually an ex-special forces solider who was able to draw on his own experiences while writing this thriller, which I enjoyed as I honestly am not that familiar when it comes to the military. He, himself has faced his own personal battles with substance dependence and mental illness.
This story was fast-paced and very exciting, with lots of twists that I did not see coming. The short chapters make for a quick and absolutely thrilling read. True to the genre. As the story progresses, you find yourself not knowing who you can trust which keeps you guessing. Never for a second did I find myself bored or losing interest.
Even if you have never previously read any military based thrillers like myself, I can guarantee you that this book will keep you hooked. This is the first in the Alex Abbot series and now I cannot wait for the next book which will be released in 2021!
Disclaimer: I was sent this free copy for review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. This does not influence my review or rating in any way. All views and opinions expressed are my own.