Four children's lives hang in the balance. A vicious criminal is on the loose. With law enforcement at a dead end, there's only one man who can recover the hostages: Jonathan Grave.
FBI Special Agent Irene Rivers is horrified to learn that because of mistakes made by agents under her command, a murderer and child molester will walk free. When Irene's own daughters become the monster's next targets, she reaches out in desperation to an elite Special Forces operator. His name is Jonathan Grave. For Grave, results matter more than procedures. Together, they discover a new kind of justice - and a new breed of evil.
©2013 John Gilstrap (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
After listening to most recent three full length novels in the Jonathan Graves series I was not a big John Gilstrap fan. Two of the books earned 4 stars while the most recent earned only 2 stars. Soft Targets is a novella in the Graves series. It is superb! Both Gilstrap and narrator Basil Sands are outstanding. The story is about an FBI agent whose 12 and 14 year old daughters are kidnapped. The FBI agent, through her priest, seeks the help of US Special Forces soldier Jonathan Graves and his soldier friend in finding them quickly. Such help must be off the books since it is both illegal and unconstitutional for soldiers to operate on US soil.
Probably if I didn't have anything else lined up or needed something short while I was waiting for a release.
Yes and no. When the story began the listener can kind of predict how it's going to end however it the getting there that does throw some twists into this story.
Basil Sands is perfect for this story line. I had never listened to him before the Graves series but now think of Jonathan Graves as soon as I hear his voice.
This is a really good novella. It gives some background information on the relationship between Graves, Dom, Irene and Boxers. It also shows why Irene/Wolverine calls on Graves and allows or encourages him to do what he does even when it doesn't always comply with the law. But, he's "on the side of the angels"!
After reading all of the other books in the series, this is a nice introduction into characters that would play roles throughout the other books. The story line is great, and unlike the other books in the Jonathan Grave series, this (being a novella) was fast and to the point. This particular narrator is great, he's done the majority of the books in this series, and he never allows me to get bored, even in parts that move a little slower.
I'm currently listening to Termination Orders and it's a similar book, I also find Marc Cameron's Jericho Quinn series is similar and keep me engaged.
Of course when listening you visualize the book, and for me I think my favorite scene would be the video she receives at the end of the book.
I feel certain this question "Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?" would normally refer to an emotional setting which would tug at the heartstrings, but that's not why I listen to these books. The "moving" parts would be the feeling of good winning out over evil, and Boxer is an ambassador of that feeling. You can't help but like him, and know you'd want him on your side of all that is good.
I have read/listened to all the books in the series. I found these book on my Unlimited Kindle list and I gladly paid for those that weren't part of it. If you don't like books of mystery, and things that go boom, then don't read this. But if you like hearing the stories of good overcoming in extreme circumstances and, yes, like when things go boom then you'll love it.
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