I would probably rescind most of it.
Yes - the first few books were decent enough to give the series a few more chances. Its no Jack Reacher or Mitch Rapp series...
Yes - Dick Hill is excellent.
Trained secret agents don't take little girls on missions with them. It doesn't happen. There was nothing added to this story by the intentional presence of a 12 year old girl during action sequences being put deliberately into harms way. WHY...?
I enjoy these books, but I really struggle with Dick Hill as a narrator. His characterizations of females make my ears hurt. He makes the tough guys he portrays (he also does Lee Child's books) sound old and fragile. Takes the tough right out of them.
Other than the narration and a bit of overdramatize writing to wrap up the book, the story is pretty good.
If you like Nathan McBride, then this is a good addition to the series. A 12-year-old girl starts the action rolling, and it just snowballs into smuggling and the killing of orphaned girls. The background slowly comes out and combines to form a complicated whole. The girl doesn't tell all she knows and sometimes what she does tell isn't quite the truth. Nathan does some philosophizing about how a series of small decisions and actions lead to the tip of a pyramid. Any minor different choice along the way could have changed the outcome.
The first book added a girl friend. The second book added dogs. This book really adds more, but you won't hear what from me! It will be interesting to see if this follows through into the next books.
There are some inconsistencies in the characterizations, but the story is fine if you like this set. That young girl knows stuff she shouldn't know for her age, but then doesn't know other things that she should if she really knew the first stuff!
But, we like that the bad guys get theirs, and Nathan and Harv go home whole, or almost. It might have been better if Harv had been there but he was vacationing in Turkey (?) and all the action was over before he could get back.
We like that Nathan doesn't like killing. He only kills out of necessity, and still feels remorse about it. I enjoy the stories, so I am getting the next one.
this was an exciting, awesone, continually moving book. I found the girl to be a bit outside of normal kid, then again her Mom had taught her to think in terms of survival so maybe not. being 12 is a real difficult age so I get the fear and the need for the closeness. I found this book to be as action packed as the others and with the added element of the human factor on this relationship level VERY exciting. thank you. you did it again Andrew
A different book from the first two McBride novels. Focus is kept on the two main characters throughout. The developing relationship between McBride and Lauren is interesting, sad, harrowing and at times even (yes) hilarious. Arm yourself with a little "suspension of disbelief" at some of McBride's decisions, and you will love this book. Way more enjoyable than the last one.
A brutal story, yes. But also al lot of emotions that fits the McBride/Lauren theme.
Dick Hill - great as always.
This one has great characters. I'm a huge Lee Child fan, and Nathan McBride is refreshingly more realistic / human than Reacher. This book has some great characters in it, and a non-stop storyline. Not as predictable as the Reacher books have become.