A former Navy SEAL turned vigilante hitman already in the crosshairs of corrupt Russian agents finds himself in even deeper trouble after rescuing a sex trafficking victim against her will just as she is about to be delivered into the hands of an unscrupulous corporate mogul, an impetuous and dangerous man who will not be denied his purchase….
During the battle to liberate Mosul from the brutal grip of the Islamic state, Killian Lebon, a war weary Navy SEAL Senior Chief, sustains life threatening injuries from an explosion during a rescue operation that goes horribly wrong.
Forced into early retirement from a vocation that for almost twenty years had been his sole purpose for being – that of a fearless warrior in defence of his country – Killian’s life quickly spirals downward to the deepest depths of hopelessness and despair due to the traumatic after effects of his injuries and the overwhelming guilt he feels from the tragic consequences of his failed final mission.
Left without the will to continue on within such a dark and indifferent world, Killian attempts what he expects will be his last and ultimate mission. But RJ, a woman he had loved once long ago, saves him from his void of despair and, in her effort to console him, reveals two long held, painful secrets, secrets that inspire within him a dark new purpose for living.
However, it isn’t long before his new lethal life mission of his places him and those he cares for straight within the deadly crosshairs of corrupt Russian agents and unscrupulous corporate moguls and forces him on a desperate and harrowing journey of rescue and revenge, one that takes him from the lush rolling hills of his Southern Pennsylvania farm, down to the mean streets of Baltimore and the steamy Bayous of New Orleans, and then back once again to the windswept desert of Iraq where all his troubles first began… and where his most anticipated act of vigilante justice is destined to be executed.
The plot of this book is good, in someways it highlights how some, who have been trained to kill, in the armed forces, and have done so for a long time, but then get an injury that forces them into retirement, find it so difficult to adapt to a normal life because to them fighting a war has become normal, they are in a state of anomie they don’t belong anymore in The armed forces, but also have nothing at home.
The opening scenes of the book involve the execution of men who have been involved in the business of sex trafficking. Lebron is the vigilante, doing what he thinks should be done, to these people for the heinous crimes they have committed. He films them reading out statements, admitting their crimes, and involvement in the sex trafficking business, he then kills them. These films go viral with everyone wanting to know who is this assassin cleaning up the filth off the streets.
The story gives flashbacks giving the reader more information about Killian’s tragic past, the death of his mother, the Catholic priest who became a father figure to Killian, because his father had got more and more involved in other things. You learn of the incident in Afghanistan that has made Killian the way he is. How R.J fit in his life in the early days.
Killian wants to continue doing what he knows best, but his injuries have put an end to that. He is also haunted by that last mission, the one he didn’t complete because he was injured, in his eyes he let people down, the faces of the lonely, scared and hopeless people left behind is something he cannot shake. Knowing that the failed mission means that the young vulnerable, kidnapped teenage girls will have now been sold on as sex slaves by ISIS.
Killian has PTSD and as has happened in a great number of cases in real life, he was given no support, he has lost all faith in the system, that has let him down. The fact he turns to vigilantism,to him he is morally right, he sees it that he is ridding the world of evil, these people who will just continue to exploit others, purely for their own gains. Killian wants to stop them.
There are lots of not nice people in this book, sex traffickers just being one bunch of evil people, at times this is a tough read, but it is dealt with in as delicate way that is possible to portray these evil people.
RJ Gunther has loved Killian since they were young, there relationship didn’t work out years earlier, for reasons explained in the book, that I won’t reveal. She is kidnapped by the bad guys and now Killian has to find her and rescue her.
The characters in this are so well written, both the good, the bad and the ugly, and despite the very dark subject, sex trafficking, there is a lot of violence but it isn’t done to just get a reaction from the reader, it’s done because it needs to be in order to save others if that makes sense. It’s not done over the top for shock value.
He makes a decision to do what no one else is willing to do, he isn’t afraid to dirty his hands. But at what cost and how far is he willing to go. When people he loves are put in danger, what decision will Killian make? If he makes the wrong choice can he live with himself?
This is a really great read, although not for every taste obviously, with the subject matter involved,it is a very dark and gritty novel. But these things happen for real. The sex trafficking of young girls/women.
Not an easy subject to cover but I think it is very well done here, if you like your novels this way then grab this book now.
I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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