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Damage Control (A Jonathan Grave Thriller Book 4) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
author of: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain
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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Action packed. Fast moving adventure. Never let's up. Highly recommended. Ok, here are ten more words. Are you happy now?Published 11 days ago by Pat
Every bit as good as Lee Child, Tom Clancy, Ted Bell, etc. I'll read them all until there are no more.Published 1 month ago by David W. Schreiber
It would be almost perfect. The frequent change of scenes, without there being a marker that would tell you that a different set of characters was a disconcerting situation. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FL IL Dan
Another of Gilstrap's book that I couldn't put down. His writing is such that you feel you are there. Outstanding! Can't wait to read the next onePublished 2 months ago by Betty
Great read. Looking forward to next in the series. Right up there with Thor, Flynn and Baldacci. Hard to put down.Published 2 months ago by Kiwikati not as good as thor ,baldacci, or. flynn but a okay read.
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