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Damage Control (A Jonathan Grave Thriller Book 4) by [Gilstrap, John]
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About the Author

John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of Threat Warning (July, 2011), Hostage Zero, No Mercy, Nathan's Run, At All Costs, Even Steven, Scott Free and Six Minutes to Freedom. In addition, John has written four screenplays for Hollywood, adapting the works of Nelson DeMille, Norman McLean and Thomas Harris. Most recently, he has signed two movie deals for his books. He will write and co-produce the film adaptation of his book, Six Minutes to Freedom, and executive produce the film adaptation of Scott Free. A frequent speaker at literary events, John also teaches seminars on suspense writing techniques at a wide variety of venues, from local libraries to The Smithsonian Institution. Outside of his writing life, John is a renowned safety expert with extensive knowledge of explosives, hazardous materials, and fire behavior. He currently works as the director of safety for a large trade association in Washington, DC. John lives in Fairfax, VA.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5158 KB
  • Print Length: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (June 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YBRECG
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If you haven't treated yourself to one of John Gilstrap's Jonathan Grave thrillers, you need not deprive yourself any longer. DAMAGE CONTROL, the latest installment in the series, has just been published, and I solemnly assure you that you have absolutely nothing better to do than to read this book now, whether you are on the beach while vacationing or at work.

While all of the Grave books have been riveting reads, DAMAGE CONTROL is by far the best of the lot. Part of the reason for this is the book's opening chapters, whereby Grave and the stalwart Brian Van de Meulebroeke (that's Boxers to you) are in the heart of a Mexican jungle doing what they do best: hostage release. The hostages are a group of American children who have been kidnapped from Ciudad Juarez while participating in one of those church mission expeditions, which always make me nervous when I hear about them. The kidnappers are members of a drug cartel and are holding the kids for ransom.

Now right here is where Gilstrap does well: Grave's mission isn't to bust in and murder all of the drug cartel members and take the kids home, and spend 300 pages doing so. That would be a great book, true; but Gilstrap writes an even better one. All that Grave and Boxers have to do is drop off three million dollars to the kidnappers, get the little ones, and go home. Over by page 12, right? Not really. Everything that can possibly go wrong with the mission does go wrong, and horribly so. I literally jumped out of the chair screaming "NO!" when things went wrong. By the time the dust settles and the smoke clears, the mission is almost a total bust.
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"Six American teens and their chaperons were taken hostage in Mexico's Ciudad Juarez, a border city known for decapitated bodies dumped on the streets. A three-million-dollar ransom has been demanded." No, this isn't from a Texas newspaper, it's the basis of the most intense thriller in John Gilstrap's masterfully written Jonathan "Digger" Grave series that packs the punch of a rocket-propelled grenade.

Grave and platoon-sized Brian Van de Meulebroeke (known to fans as "Boxers") are engaged by the louche televangelist of Arizona's Crystal Palace Cathedral to exchange the $3M ransom for the hostages who are there for earthquake-relief ministry. Grave delivers the money but things quickly go to pot. Oh, grow up! Not THAT kind of pot, the type of cataclysmic proportions when young flesh meets up with gunfire "cannon chambered in 7.62 millimeter that could send ten rounds per second downrange with needle-threading accuracy." There's a lot of damage to control. "To become inured to that kind of violence would be to surrender your humanity." Even a priest gets nailed to the cross for aiding Grave and Boxers.

Grave's FBI pseudonym, Leon Harris, has been made and now friend and FBI Director, Irene Rivers, says, "Of course we're out to arrest him, the Mexican police labeled him a mass murderer." Seemingly, everyone is out to get the dynamic duo--especially drug lords and military police. Everyone except Venice (pronounced Ven-EE-chay) Alexander, Grave's one-person command center in Virginia who has access to satellite thermo imaging and can do anything but pick winning Powerball numbers a week in advance.
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Once again John Gilstrap demonstrates his command over pacing, suspense, tension, and really likable characters. Damage Control throws us into Digger and Boxer's lives again in a new hostage extraction adventure set in the hot sticky jungles of Mexico. The enemy this time--a drug lord AND a church! You can't ask for a better set-up than that. When a bus load of teenage missionaries is kidnapped for ransom, Digger and Boxer must go in and retrieve the kids and bring them to safety. Of course, it is never as easy as that and throughout the course of the rescue things go terribly wrong.

My favorite thing about Gilstrap and Damage Control is the characters, not only the recurring series characters, but the new "precious cargo" they must extract from the tense situation. Tristan is a thirteen-year old boy who shows not only a lot of spunk, but a lot of tender humanity. You can't help but root for him.

Damage Control is one of the best thrillers/action adventures I've read this year. You will not be disappointed.

Victoria Allman
author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
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Once again Gilstrap has woven a thriler that takes you in many directions wondering who is the ultimate villian. I love the characters he has created and given life to in this and his previous novel and I hope to see more of them in print. For folks who love action packed reading this one is for you. Thank you John - keep them coming.
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The author is more concerned about writing tense scenes then weaving an exciting story together. The whole plot just dragged along to me, taking forever to finally reach the climax. And there was just some silliness woven into this book that really made the reader suspend belief. It's never really explained how one of the characters is shot and killed by the antagonist but then, miraculously, not really.

Gilstrap is a gifted writer. His earlier works like Nathan's Run are incredible books that are very well written, three dimensional characters and intricate plot lines. Now he has settled on this near super-hero franchise of Johnathan Graves and it just isn't working for me any longer. It's a formula writing style where he's mixing one part invincible hero, one part unbelievable story line and two parts show me the money. There doesn't seem to be any heart and soul in this installment and I suspect Mr. Gilstrap may himself be tired of this particular franchise.

In this era of ebooks, where there are some incredibly well written action thrillers out there for $3.00, the reading public isn't going to tolerate mediocre writing, regardless of the author's reputation and background. I've always pre-ordered this author's books because of his previous efforts but no longer.

My advice - go back to what you do so well with suspense novels that are stand alone and where it is far harder to fall into this formula writing style.
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