I love this series, and wasn’t sure how McGoran would top the first two, but he did: the danger is palpable, and some of the scenes in Haiti will make your skin crawl. And yet… Haiti is portrayed as it should be-a country in turmoil, yet a place of beauty. Carrick finds allies in some odd (yet useful) places, such as deputy health minister Regi Baudet, and a millionaire who delivers his own type of justice. Carrick also discovers that a blast from his recent past might be involved in a really, truly awful plan that sacrifices lives for no other reason than the bottom line. Don’t forget about Nola, who has figured heavily in each book, and has unique experience that makes her invaluable. She adores Carrick, and vice versa, and never hesitates to help, even if she finds out that Doyle is in Haiti without a passport, and she’s never “just the girlfriend.” If you like Nelson DeMille’s John Corey books, or Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series, you’ll love this. Carrick is smart, snarky, and steps in trouble whenever he can, and it’s a testament to the author that he keeps up a breakneck pace throughout (seriously, dare you not to read this in one sitting) without sacrificing the human element. I may have cried at one part. Don’t tell anyone.
The ending to this one will mark a crossroads for Doyle, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
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