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Mason is a man without a purpose, especially after coming back from his tour in the Middle East. He’s just drifting through life, trying to make a living from odd end jobs when he answers an advert on the internet from a research center looking for volunteers to partake in a study. Little does he know how this one simple action will change his life.
This story is told in first person through Mason’s eyes, but does jump to 3rd person where needed. I had no problem following WHO was the POV for each scene and chapter. Even though the majority of the story was from Mason’s POV, he never really came off as a 3rd dimensional character. There wasn’t much internalization with him, until about the half way mark. I’m not sure if Smith wrote his character that way, or he just got better at writing Mason as the story progressed. Either way, there was a disconnect for me with Mason.
For readers who don’t like violence, rape, or gruesome deaths, you won’t want to read this book. I felt some of the grisly scenes weren’t quite necessary, like everyone getting shot on the bus. But, the shock factor did add to the story. This is also a story with a political statement. The drug cartels in Mexico are run by our secret government agencies. We all know that, yet they still do it. They push the drugs they claim to be trying to stop. It’s a farce that we the America taxpayers foot the bill for.
I felt and connected with Valentina, but I also thought her character wasn’t quite true for her age. Yes, she wanted revenge for the death of her family, but I don’t see her going to the extremes that she did. For me, the ending was somewhat anti-climatic. I didn’t really know who the mole was until the end, like Smith intended, but by then, my mind was still reacting to a heart-wrenching scene that happened several chapters before. Smith did an terrific job with that part of the story, but unfortunately, the emotions it wrought took away from everything else that happened after Mason ended up back in America.
If you love spy novels with action, blood, and gore, you will want to read this book. As mentioned earlier, I would read the 2nd book about Mason if it ever came out. I give this book 4 Man From UN.C.L.E’s.
Mason Church has been recruited for a black ops job... in Mexico. He's supposed to take down the Zacarios Cartel leader, with no support other than some words of encouragement and some intel. He did not count on being betrayed from within, for a mole had penetrated the mission from the beginning when Mexican Navy choppers shot down his insertion helo. But Mason always achieves his goals. After barely reaching the target, only to see him get away, he freed a girl, Valentina Vargas, barely sixteen, already gang raped, bruised, and battered, Valentina proved to be a warrior as fierce as himself, for she is there to avenge her family. But how do you survive the cauldron of Mexico, where the corrupt police is the norm, power games between the cartel, military, and police keep the body count high, and the corruption reach all the way into the highest level of United States government?
Let's just say before this book is over, a LOT of people will die, including high-ranking cartel members, high-ranking government officials, and more than a few good guys... and passels of goons. However, the action scenes just don't hook me. The author tends to describe the sounds of the guns as bapbapbapbapbapbapbapbapbap. That's just so boring, There is a good ending, and the twist was impressive. Enjoyed the tale, even though they way it got there was somewhat disturbing.
As an author, I enjoyed his use of variety between 1st and 3rd person narrating.
The book is full of action, but never far fetched.
It is time for more books from this author.
(This is the first book read on my new kindle).