David Morrell is in many ways the father of the modern thriller; he brought us his the archetypal character John Rambo in FIRST BLOOD, and in his 38 years at the top of the game, he never fails to deliver a hard hitting and often emotionally wrenching tale. One of the things that distinguishes Morrell from other thriller/action writers is the attention he pays to the nuance of emotion in his characters; he often goes where other thriller/action writers fear to go. He does that here, in the exploration of male friendship gone wrong, in the nuances of relationship between Cavanaugh, the protagonist, and his adversary.
Another thing that distinguishes David Morrell is his attention to detail in the fine points of tradecraft and, in this book in particular, the fine points (and edge)of the knives involved. What he does is explore the knife as a metaphor, not just as a tool, but again as an almost archetypal talisman -- the oldest weapon (next to a rock or club), and one that captures the very essence of close combat.
This is the first thriller e-book with such beautiful illustrations; it reminds me, in some ways, of the old school hardbacks of the first thriller writers: Edgar Rice Burroughs and so on, with the beautiful engravings and line drawings to illustrate the stories. I remember reading JOHN CARTER OF MARS and looking at the beautiful drawings...Morrell does this with the knives he mentions in the text, and I look forward to seeing how many other ways technology can be bent to the writer's vision.
An excellent novel, a brilliant story, an exploration and push at the boundaries of electronic publishing -- one of the best investments of $9.99 you're likely to find, and you can read it on any electronic platform!
Enjoy it. I did.