After a few standalone stories from Slaughter it is great to get back to the world of the GBI and the ninth Will Trent book. It many ways this feels much more like early Will as he is left foundering without a safety net and suddenly finds himself without Sara.
The book begins with the abduction of a female scientist in the car park at a shopping mall. The young mother works at the Centre for Disease Control and the whole of Georgia is trying to locate her. A month later there is still no sign of her.
A leisurely Sunday afternoon with Sara’s family is ended abruptly when she and Will both hear a large explosion in the distance. The sound of all the sirens spurs them into action. Realising that is it coming from the University/Hospital area of town they both jump in their vehicles and go to see if they can help. Sara comes across what looks like the immediate aftermath of a serious collision and stops to help but finds herself being taken hostage. By the time Will arrives on the scene he finds himself seriously injured and unable to stop Sara being kidnapped by the group.
Within hours the situation has spiralled out of control. Sara is being held prisoner by a violent and abusive Alt Right group planning to overthrow the government and Will has no alternative but to try and infiltrate the group as an undercover officer.
This is a Will reverting to type and struggling without the support of Sara but also a guy who has grown up a little through his experiences and is prepared to do whatever he has to to save Sara.
As with all of Slaughter’s GBI books it is quite violent and not for the faint hearted but despite this it never feels gratuitous. It always fits with what is going on. There is always a humanity and a depth that keeps you reading.
Supplied by Net Galley and Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: June 13 2019. 464 pages.
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