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Judgment and Wrath Paperback – Large Print, August 17, 2010
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Joe Hunter, one-time scourge of terrorists turned freelance knight errant, accepts what appears to be a simple mission: rescue young Marianne Dean from Bradley Jorgenson, her abusive lover, who is heir to a pharmaceutical fortune. Hunter goes to Miami to do just that and finds that the young couple is the target of a deranged assassin who fancies himself Dantalion, an angel cast out of heaven and a “Great Duke of Hell.” Hunter thwarts Dantalion’s first two attempts, setting up a mano-a-mano confrontation with the wraithlike killer in the swamps near Lake Okeechobee. Although Hilton’s gun battles, car chases, and explosions are reliably entertaining, his greatest talent lies in creating over-the-top villains. Dantalion is as bizarre and monomaniacal as Tubal Cain, the serial killer from Dead Men’s Dust(2009) whose goal was to eclipse Ted Bundy as America’s worst. Plotting and dialogue remain works in progress, but if it’s straight-shooting machismo readers are after, Hilton and Joe Hunter fill the bill. --Thomas Gaughan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for DEAD MEN'S DUST:'A dose of pure rocket fuel. Starts fast, gets faster, and doesn't quit right through to the slam bang finale. Dead Men's Dust is as enjoyable a thriller as you will read this year, and I do mean "Thriller!" My ears are still ringing with gunfire! I loved this book.' Christopher Reich, author of RULES OF DECEPTION Taut, thrilling, tense - I loved it! Richard Hammond Hard-hitting and fast-paced, I was hooked from start to finish Simon Kernick --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Joe Hunter is an appealing character based on his back story, his martial arts and combat skills, his personally honed philosophy of how to treat bad guys, and his intuitive/analytical talents. Watching Hunter's back and helping with his cases are his two former military colleagues, Jared "Rink" Rington and, to a lesser extent, Harvey Lucas. In "Judgment And Wrath", Hunter is paid to find and return Richard Dean's 17 year-old daughter Marianne who has run away with her boyfriend, Bradley Jorgenson, the scion of a mega-wealthy family deep into the financial pockets of the military due to weapons and vaccine development. Dean implies she is the victim of abuse and he wants Hunter to take extreme measures to keep them apart.
Hunter quickly determines something is amiss as Marianne and Bradley seem deeply in love and she has no intention of leaving him. Joe fortuitously interrupts a deranged contract killer named Dantalion who has been sent by an unknown party to kill Bradley and Marianne. Dantalion is one of those love-to-hate incredibly viscious villains who believes he is an invincible fallen angel. If anything, there is a little too much time devoted to Dantalion's thinking and plotting for my taste.
But Dantalion is a vindictive killer and soon begins an onslaught to kill not only Bradley and Marianne, but also Hunter and Rink as well as anyone else foolish enough to get in his way. A cat and mouse pursuit carries the middle section of the book as Hunter and Rink work to protect those threatened by Dantalion while seeking the opportunity to take him out. The book concludes with an electrifying chase through the Florida swamplands that turns into a personal battle mano-a-mano between the Hunter and the hunted that will have readers gripping their chairs and holding their breath.
My only quibbles this time around are an occasional snatch of dialogue that does not live up to expectations and an over reliance on bad luck and/or serendipity to forestall an earlier conclusion to the battle of wills between Hunter and Dantalion. But make no mistake, this new series by Matt Hilton should be high on the purchase list of anyone who enjoys edge-of-the-seat thrillers built around a basically good but lethal hero who, in the Jack Reacher tradition, is not someone to be trifled with or threatened. Never make it personal with Joe Hunter--the consequences are deadly. A recommended read for all who enjoy action thrillers.
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