Andrew Peterson is a new author, so I read a few pages in the Costco before I bought the novel. The first chapter had me hooked, and after having finished it, I was not disappointed. The main character, Nathan McBride, is an ex CIA type with special forces and sniper training. Throughout most of the novel, he is accompanied by his long time friend who acts as a foil and quasi-conscience for our hero.
What I really liked about this McBride character is his no nonsense approach to catching bad guys and getting information out of them, although his tactics might make some a bit uncomfortable. McBride has some depth as well, as we learn of his life experiences that shaped him, and his strained relationship with his his father, a high ranking government official. The dialogue is witty and well thought out, with lot's of humor. My favorite McBride line is "I once beat a man senseless with a 12" salami then made myself a sandwich." You have to love that.
I don't want to give away the plot line, but basically our hero is chasing some very bad people who think nothing of causing collateral damage in their quest to get back at those they hate. In his effort to actually capture, or better yet, kill these vermin, he has to contend with the usual law enforcement and political types who like to eat steak, but don't want to be blamed for the death of a cow. If you like the show 24, you will like this novel.
It's current and relevant, and with an interesting cast of support characters, including the aforementioned FBI and politicians, we get a fast paced, fun to read adventure that will make you hope there is a followup installment.