Bishop's War (Bishop Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I often see books billed as an "adrenaline-filled thrill ride". Most often those claims fall flat but in this case, that tagline wouldn't nearly describe the reading experience of this book.
America's most decorated hero has retired from the war zone. Home for less than a few hours and he's already got legal issues coming face to face with a true evil. That chance encounter will shape the rest of his life. The body count reaches triple digits and the violence stretches around the world.
There are several plot lines in this book and at times it seems excessive and overwhelming. John and his family are literally being attacked from multiple sides. As the story unfolds we have terrorist, assassins, the police, and former government officials all after John's blood.
The enemies are evil but even the good guys are various shades of gray. Johnny's family just happens to be a powerful crime family in New York with powerful connections and a motto much like NATO, an attack on one is an attack on all. Combine the lethality of a decorated war hero with the resources and power of a crime family that is willing to spill blood and you can expect that bodies will pile up.
I could be considered an action/thriller junkie and vigilante books are some of my favorite. I can honestly say that by the end of this book I felt tired from the constant stream of action that this book contains.
I think that Mr. Hines could have achieved the same reading experience with fewer threads. While I loved the book and was sad that the next book wasn't available yet I will say that a book like this, where everything but the kitchen sink is thrown at the good guys can be a real turn off to some readers.
As with most fiction books you have to be willing to suspend reality at times but there were some times in this book that I had to question some of the actions. None the less this is everything I look for in a book and more.
At the conclusion of this book, it looks like the author is going to continue the insane number of plot lines into the next book, although I hope that he will have some restraint and resolve some of them early on. The second book also looks like a continuation of this book with essentially the same groups with different actors aligned with even more powerful enemies all out for John and his families blood.
Generally, I won't read a book in this genre that continues the same plot line through multiple books as I feel like it's laziness on the authors part but given the level of action in this book I'm willing to give him one more book to wrap it up. I want to see the characters in new and different situations with each book.
If you're an action/thriller fan looking for a new series to read then this is the one you've been looking for.