"Guarding Savage" by Dave Edlund continues the tale of Peter Savage who seems to find himself in desperate situations not of his choosing, and who rises to the occasion to take care of things. I have personally lived a life of action, and so find a close kinship with Peter Savage. I must admit, however, that he kicks ass way better than I ever did.
"Guarding Savage" commences with the shameful historic event, The Rape of Nanking, of how in 1937 Japanese soldiers rampaged through the Chinese provincial capital of Nanking, raping, killing, and destroying. What Edlund does not say is that a significant percentage of the Nanking victims were Chinese Muslims which lends even more credibility to the subsequent events that play out in "Guarding Savage." A reader should not miss reading The Author’s Note at the beginning of the book. It is essential to understanding the story.
Edlund knows his military hardware, from hand-held weapons to the largest ships-of-war. He understands intelligence and tactical intelligence gathering operations. He understands naval tactics, and how decisions at the highest level – the President – are put into play.
Although Peter Savage is not a military guy, his experience (as told in earlier "Savage" volumes) renders him an able asset to the opint team that plays a significant role in this story. With his totally loyal pit bull, Diesel, Savage jumps into the action with both feet from the first pages right through to the last page. Edlund develops several converging storylines that culminate with Savage saving the day (and the world) in an entirely believable, realistic finale to an entirely believable, realistic series of events.
This is a highly recommend 5-star read for anyone with a bent toward genuine action who isn’t squeamish about the blood and gore that plays a non-gratuitous role in this tale.