Over Watch by Matthew Betley; 2016; $26.00; 391 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-9921-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Albina; 3/22/17-3/24/17
Why did I read this? Well because Brad Thor, Clive Cussler, Christopher Reich and Matthew Reilly all recommended this author. I almost didn’t read it thought because General Michael Flynn also recommended it.
Logan West and John Quick are former Force Recon Marines who suffered through some atrocities in Iraq and lost most of their squad through a blown operation pushed on them by the Agency. They have retired and one moved to Montana and the other has retreated deep into a bottle. They are sucked back into the game because of something that happened during the incident in Iraq. The action moves quickly and all over the world as another psychopath tries to remake the world into what he thinks it should be. Logan, John and the rest of the characters are well written.
Night School by Lee Child; 2016; $28.99; 369 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; 978-0-8041-7880-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 1/18/17-1/22/17
Why did I read this? Because I have read every other book in the Reacher and find Lee Child’s work to be an enjoyable escape from real life every once in awhile.
Jack Reacher is bigger and uglier than he appears on the movie screen and a bigger badass also. Now that my opinion is out of the way, let me tell you about the book. It’s a prequel to all the other Reacher books. This one takes place while Reacher is still in the Army, he is given a temporary assignment to attend a school for the Army. It’s cover for a mission that pairs him with someone from the CIA and the NSA. It involves travel to the European continent, relics of the Cold War, both human and otherwise. It shows that Reacher can work as part of a team, but that he still prefers human interaction and wants to do what is right.
Foreign Agent by Brad Thor; 2016; $27.99; 335 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-47678935-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 7/5/16-7/8/16
Why did I read this? Because I have read every other book in the series and enjoyed them.
A covert ops team from the United States is overrun and brutalized by a terrorist organization, then the Secretary of State is brutally murdered by the same organization. The terrorist then use social media and marketing to publicize what they have done. It seems the CIA has a mole, so Scott Harvath is tasked with a two pronged investigation track down the lead terrorist and find his source. Harvath travels all over the globe with assistance from some other operatives, some indigenous peoples and a team at CIA headquarters to make things better for the United States.
The Survivor, A Mitch Rapp Novel by Kyle Mills; 2015; $28.00; 388pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-8345-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 5/12/16-5/14/16
Why did I read this? Because I wanted to see how the series would continue with the death of Vince Flynn in 2013. Kyle Mills is an author whose books I have read before so I was wondering if he could ably continue the series.
Coming close on the heels of Vince Flynn’s last book prior to his death, The Survivor follows up the events of The Last Man. Joe Rickman is dead but prior to that he ensured that CIA secrets will continue to come out electronically. He used a combination of very legal means and very illegal means to ensure that he can bedevil the CIA from beyond the grave. Every intelligence agency in the world is trying to find where the secrets are hidden. Mitch Rapp is running all over the world saving assets while the analysts back at Langley are trying to find the source of the electronic leaks. The action moves quickly between the technical and the action of Mitch Rapp. An effective use of tension between technological intelligence and human assets.
Grade A, the very definition of a page turner.
The Last Man by Vince Flynn; 20112; $27.99; 433 pages; Emily Bestler Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4165-9521-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Kenton; 4/27/16-4/29/16
Why did I read this? Because I like Vince Flynns books and I want to see how Kyle Mills does after taking over the series. Vince passed away in 2013 and Kyle Mills takes over with the next book.
One of the CIA’s biggest assets in Afghanistan, who has been running covert ops there for the last eight years is kidnapped and killed while being tortured. Mitch Rapp and the rest of the CIA are in hot pursuit of the killer, because all his files were also taken which wouldn’t be good for the US Government is many of the things in them come out. Mitch must track down the kidnappers and killers and find the files.
Grade-A, it is an exciting thriller that moves along at a breakneck clip.