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This is the second book in the Linus Schag, NCIS Thriller series by Martin Roy Hill. Though I hadn’t read the first one, it works well as a stand alone and had me gripped from the first chapter. Hill’s attention to detail is admirable, and while at times it felt perhaps a little too detailed (and a little distracting), this didn’t undermine the story. The writing is sharp and witty, with well-drawn characters and believable plot. Given Mr Hill’s work record as a journalist, as well as experiences in the Navy Reserves and California National Guard, it’s also one of those books that had me wondering how much is based on fact, such as the plot-line around the military’s use of anti-malaria drugs. If this stuff is true, it’s pretty scary and if it’s not, it’s a great story.
An all-round good read that’ll keep you hooked until the last page.
Bill was investigating a large amount of cash that had simply vanished during shipment from Iraq. The investigation was pulled from above but Bill had become obsessed with the missing money and continued the investigation privately. And now someone wants him dead!
Butcher is being pursued by the law plus a group of mercenaries and amidst a sea of lies and treachery the only person he can trust is Linus Schag.
Schag is like a dog with a bone, once he gets onto something he won’t let go. He believes in playing by the rules, bending them occasionally to get the answers he needs.
Hill includes real world events which gives the story an element of realism. He touches on topics of PTSD and anti-malaria drug induced psychosis and cover ups by pharmaceutical companies.
The Butcher’s Bill is a fast paced, action packed mystery thriller filled with intrigue, espionage, corruption, money laundering, kidnapping and greed at the highest level.
I also enjoyed the little snippets of humour interlaced throughout this intense thriller.
I received an ARC from the author.
As Butcher’s dogged investigation leads to the brutal murders of senior operatives of a security firm at the centre of the scandal, Linus Schag, a NCIS operative, is summoned from his duties in a side-lined office role to assist in tracking down his former buddy.
Covert forces at the highest level of the military and government conspire to attempt to eliminate Butcher along with his estranged wife, Yolanda, who is considered as much a threat to the powers-that-be as her husband.
The nonstop action keeps the tension roiling to the end of the book.
That’s a motive for murder, for a deep conspiracy, for a formidable cover-up, and for a corresponding spate of mayhem when the bad guys, high and low, stand in the protagonist’s way.
The sheer number of plot twists is enough to keep your head spinning and the pages turning.
It’s the second book in a series, but you’ll have no trouble reading it as a standalone – no trouble, that is, unless you cross “The Butcher.”
Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review.