Dead in Their Tracks (Mitch Kearns Combat Tracker Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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This book did what I like my books to do -- it entertained me, it taught me a few things, it made me think, it had me emotionally invested.
Highly recommended to those who enjoy adventure, military, thrillers, and survival books.
FBI Agent Mitch Kearns is looking for some quality alone time after teaching a multi-day mantracking course. Unfortunately, upon arrival, he found his sanctuary was visited by one hot young woman, who was the daughter of his Israeli black-ops mentor... Then more than a dozen mercs crashed their party, leading to a quick bug out. It appears that the woman had acquired some information that can potentially disrupt a very lucrative deal and implicate some high-ranking officials, and not only an FBI traitor is on their trail, the woman was inserted into FBI's Top Ten Wanted List. Now Mitch must call on every trick in his arsenal to survive the desert, and to prevent a domestic terror attack... while dealing with the traitors.
While the action and tension was quite good, and there are good plot twists, and the bad guys seem properly motivated, the good guys do come across as a bit flat overall. There doesn't seem to be much beyond each trying to prove themselves among the best. It was only somewhat amusing how the woman and Mitch were trying to one-up each other in matter of physical conditioning. It's almost petty, for two veteran black ops operators.
There's lots of 'fill' as scenes drag on contributing nothing to the plot other than increasing the word count.
Some of situations and logistics just do not gel and come across as unrealistic and unlikely.
The characters are rather 'one-dimensional' and it's difficult to feel any empathy towards the main characters.
STILL - it kept me flipping pages and to read it to the (drawn-out) ending.
This for the James bond 007 and GI Joe and Lara Crofton can kick some a$$ kinda girl...if you are crunching on those hero you might want to pick this up.
The pacing of this novel was perfect. The action intermittently slows just long to get to know the characters before heating up again and continuing on at an exciting pace.
Mitch Kearns, a former combat tracker, knows his craft well. And it’s clear the author does as well. As a survival instructor who teaches tracking and other outdoor tradecraft to U.S. military and federal agents, Mr. Sawyer has most-likely met many people just as dangerous as the main characters of this book. That experience shows as he paints the backstory of several of the main characters.
Mitch Kearns is a great protagonist. He lives a simple life and has a healthy disdain for government bureaucracy, but he’s not bitter. Devorah Leitner is a fascinating character with hard edges and a soft interior. She is combat-hardened but driven by motivations much closer to the heart than she’d readily admit to most.
The author did a good job of making the main characters come to life and giving them enough depth that we care about them and want to learn more. The “bad guys”, at times, seemed a bit more like evil caricatures than real people. But they certainly had more depth than the disposable antagonists in any Mack Bolan novel – you get the feeling they all think they’re smarter than their compatriots and believe they are the ones in charge and using their partners.
There are plot twists and enough unexpected action to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. The combat and pursuit scenes smack of realism and the author shows his knowledge of tradecraft in a deft way that doesn’t feel forced.
I definitely cannot wait until the next book in this series and I hope there are many more to come. Mitch and Dev are a real hit and the dynamic between them is great. I hope this becomes a long-running series because there is a lot of potential here. I definitely will be reading the next book, and am counting down the days till its release.
Based on this novel I think I’m going to check out some of the author’s other work as well. J.T. Sawyer has earned a spot on my short list of go-to authors.
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Flows nicely, mo real dead zones. Looking for his next in line book.