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Safe and Sound Hardcover – July 10, 2007
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Set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Rhoades's solid third mystery to feature rugged bounty hunter Jack Keller (after 2006's Good Day in Hell) wastes no words. Keller loves his work: it keeps him from dwelling on the past. When a young girl goes missing, his suspicion first falls upon the child's father, David Lundgren, a member of Delta Force. Keller wades through military bureaucracy—dealing as best he can with his own ineradicable memories of what he saw during the first Gulf War and the way the army treated him afterward—to learn that Lundgren has also disappeared; Keller quickly begins to suspect that the actual story is more complicated than it first seemed. Soon he's proven horribly right. Crisp dialogue and the author's deft use of local color support a narrative driven as effectively by characters as by events. (July)
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No one is safe and sound in Rhoades' third thriller starring Arkansas bounty hunter and shell-shocked Gulf War vet Keller. This time he tangles with a stone-cold killer, South African mercenary DeGroot, who's trying to close the deal on a multimillion-dollar scam he and several Delta Force commandos set up in Afghanistan. But there are some messy details that need cleaning up, prompting DeGroot to kidnap the son of one of the commandos, whose wife hires Keller and his girlfriend, PI Marie Jones, to find the boy. Inevitably, the chase turns into a confrontation between Keller and DeGroot, and the collateral damage threatens everyone and everything Keller holds dear. Like James W. Hall's similarly one-named hero Thorn, Keller faces a soul-crushing catch-22: he must unleash his propensity for violence to protect his loved ones, but by doing so, he alienates himself from those he seeks to save. Rhoades explores this psychological conundrum thoroughly but never at the expense of the full-throttle narrative. Think of Keller as a similarly tortured, contemporary version of William Munny in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven. Bill Ott
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Into this mix strides Jack Keller, a tough and mysterious man with a tough and mysterious past. He knows about guns, explosives, and war. Most of all, he knows and understands the cruelties that Mankind so casually and callously inflicts upon itself. And from the very first page of this novel, the puzzle that is Jack Keller, and the puzzle that is Life itself, begins to take shape before the viewer's eyes, slowly at first. Before long, however, the tempo begins to pick up. Soon the reader is being propelled forward at breakneck speed.
Rhoades' descriptions of his characters, both major and minor, are sharply drawn and clearly delineated. They also have the feel of being dead-on accurate. His descriptions of settings are also sound and solid. Whether it's a Middle East desert or the Blue Ridge Mountains of the American South, the reader can taste the air, feel the grit, maybe even tap into memories from his own past.
But regardless of the geography, Jack Keller's presence is always close at hand. His strength never falters, despite the stress (and there is lots of that in this story, as well as lots of action). And the confrontations between Keller and his nemesis, in this case a cruel and savage monster by the name of DeGroot, are always tense if not explosive.
And like those old Saturday serials, once the climax is reached, once the crises have all been dealt with, Keller leaves the screen as he came on: a resolute loner, now returning to his own solitude. But you also know that he will soon resume his ready position, like a coiled rattlesnake, waiting for the next chapter, waiting for the next set of crises.
If you like J.D. Rhoades, you'll want to grab this one quick!
In this third outing for bounty hunter Jack Keller, ex-Gulf War vet still carrying heavy baggage from his wartime experiences, a search for a missing (kidnapped?) child initiates an adventure that leads Keller into violent brushes with death and forces him to confront the dark and ugly recesses of his war damaged psyche.
Keller must deal with military bureaucracy, red herrings galore, AWOL Delta Force operatives who may or may not be friendlies, and one of the most diabolical villians this reader has come across in a long time. DeGroot is a conscienceless South African mercenary who will let nothing stand in the way of recovering the "key" to a multi million dollar stash. He resorts to torture, kidnapping, murder, and enough general evilness to bring the reader to the point of wishing for his prolonged, painful death. And, of course, he and Keller ultimately face-off in a deadly confrontation that has unexpected results for Keller and those he loves.
Rhoades writes at a breath defying pace that kept me absolutely glued to the book for extensive segments. His plotting is tight but it is his characters who are so interesting and believable (even the bad guys) that readers will find themselves carried along by their actions and narrative as much as by the plot pacing.
I now count Jack Keller among my must read protagonists that include Jack Reacher, Bob Lee Swagger, Doc Ford, and Dave Robicheaux. If you are a fan of the action thriller genre represented by Child, Hunter, Burke, and White, you owe it to yourself to explore the works of J.D. Rhoades and his signiture character, Jack Keller.