The newest William Miller book is like a roller-coaster that reaches out, grabs you, takes you on a white-knuckle ride, and then dangles you over the edge before it tosses you out onto an even bigger and faster roller-coaster. I wasn’t sure how Miller could possibly outdo himself after NOBLE VENGEANCE, but this is the best Jake Noble thriller by far.
Again ripped from the headlines, Noble finds himself in France, smack in the middle of international intrigue with an undercurrent of Washington, D.C. political in-fighting. Some characters from previous books show up, but there are some great new ones—especially a whip-smart CIA director who ups everybody’s game. Someone wants an infamous hacker (who has been holed up at an embassy in London—sound familiar?) dead.
The love of Noble's life Samantha Gunn is with the hacker—scurrying through dimly lit train stations, medieval French villages, and abandoned churches—while hunted by the CIA and a team of professional killers. When Noble got the news, I felt his personal anguish but also his determination to move heaven and earth to save the woman he loves. In between car chases, shootouts, and narrow escapes, he is again challenged by his beliefs (or lack thereof) and must make some crucial decisions about his future. Noble is a very human, very vulnerable character whose crisis of conscience (exemplified by his devotion to his cancer-stricken mother whose faith in God is unshakable) resonates more powerfully than the usual cookie-cutter action hero.
But Miller's true gift is the ability to write action better than anyone alive. It’s obvious he spends a lot of time getting the details and the timing right. NOBLE INTENT reads like a movie. In fact, if there’s one modern thriller that should be made into a movie, it’s this one. Attention Hollywood producers who want to one-up AMERICAN ASSASSIN: here’s your script! (Not to mention an ending that I did not see coming. Totally surprised me and set up the next book brilliantly.)