EJD has delivered yet again in the third installment of the Gideon series. This time there’s hit out on Gideon by an adversary who will stop at nothing to see him dead. But it will take more than paying top dollar to vicious hit men and an equally vicious “woman hunter” to finish him off.
In this installment, Gideon is faced with protecting his family: a woman who birthed him but gave him up and now a young who may or may not be his mother’s son while working as a hired killer. In the midst of this, he is lured to a job in Antiqua and it wasn’t until he landed that he got a message from Konstantin, his handler, that it was a setup. He had no weapons except Hawks (a female assassin and his lover) and quick thinking.
Together, they created weapons out of empty soda cans, a pen, liquor bought at the airport, along with their varied martial arts skills. The fight scenes were like watching an action movie where I cheered for Gideon when he landed a few blows and winced when he was knocked down. However, he and Hawks survived until the final battle where the hunter became the hunted and the stars are realigned.
This was a page turner (460 pages) full of great descriptions, great dialogue, great fight scenes, and very interesting and well-developed characters. Also, loved that I had to pull out my dictionary a few times – always learning a few new words from EJD…priceless.
Overall, this is a must read!
Some of my favorite lines:
If it wasn’t for the problem I had in Detroit, I’d still have my homes in Seattle, in Stone Mountain, and on the outskirts of Los Angeles. She’d tracked me down, forced me into a state of homelessness.
She was the type of woman that a man couldn’t make deals with. She didn’t have enough sense to understand when she should be terrified. She didn’t know she should be pissing where she stood, that piss running down her legs into her high heels. She was a churchgoing Bible thumper who killed her own husband, the father of her children, had done that using her husband’s money and my hands.
She was a bloodthirsty psychopath who believed she was righteous.
Nobody stopped her from getting what she wanted.
And she was dying for my death. Dying for revenge.
Rating: 5 stars