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Publisher's Summary

War veteran Peter Ash tracks a murderer and his criminal family through the most forbidding and stark landscape he has ever encountered, in the latest thriller from the best-selling author of The Drifter.

Losing ground in his fight against post-traumatic claustrophobia, war veteran Peter Ash has no intention of getting on an airplane - until a grieving woman asks Peter to find her eight-year-old grandson. The woman's daughter has been murdered. Erik, the dead daughter's husband, is the sole suspect, and he has taken his young son and fled to Iceland for the protection of Erik's lawless family.

Finding the boy becomes more complicated when Peter is met at the airport by a man from the United States embassy. For reasons both unknown and unofficial, it seems that Peter's own government doesn't want him in Iceland. The police give Peter two days of sightseeing in Reykjavik before he must report back for the first available seat home...and when they realize Peter isn't going home until he accomplishes his mission, they start hunting him, too.

From the northernmost European capital to a rustbound fishing vessel to a remote farm a stone's throw from the arctic, Peter must confront his growing PTSD and the most powerful Icelandic snowstorm in a generation to find a killer, save an eight-year-old boy, and keep himself out of an Icelandic prison - or a cold Icelandic grave.

©2020 Nick Petrie (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Nick Petrie's exceptional writing has earned him comparisons to many of the thriller-genre greats, but The Wild One announces that period has come to an end: Petrie is setting the bar, not reaching for it." (Michael Koryta, New York Times best-selling author of Those Who Wish Me Dead)

“This kinetic, breathless masterpiece illustrates why Petrie is here to stay.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Thrilling.... A powerfully wrought addition to the series.” (Shelf Awareness starred review) 

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Mixed feelings

Good storyline but for a few quibbles (below). Good setting, described with detail and imagery. I felt the freeze! Iceland in the midst of a winter storm. Good fight scenes, with great improvisational weaponry. Interesting and heartwarming secondary characters to offset the psycho villains. (No June or Lewis, but it worked for me). Also, Peter makes some headway regarding his PTSD — nightmares from Iraq and claustrophobia. He begins to accept himself as a man changed by the furnace of war. So, all good.

Plus, I like this narrator. He’s good! A little flat at times, but that's better than über-dramatic.

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1). Author definitely incorporates his own political opinions / agenda into the narrative regarding past foreign affairs / wars and current policy. I don’t want to know. I don’t want to feel the author intruding into the storytelling. Sounds odd, but there it is.

2) Author once again repeats nearly verbatim some paragraphs from previous books — describing Peter, his werewolf eyes, big hands, white static.

3) The story ended too abruptly and with loose ends regarding Peter’s status.

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One of my favorite books in a long time

I don't think I've ever said this about a mystery/thriller novel, but this book is absolutely beautifully written. I don't really know how else to describe it. Nick Petrie's books and writing continues to get better and better, and the plot and characters keep growing, improving, and developing. Petrie's writing, at times, almost feel like reading poetry or Shakespeare, with his vivid descriptions, allowing the reader see, smell, hear, or feel exactly what's happening in the scene. This novel is largely set in Iceland, and Petrie makes you feel as if you are there, sitting right next to Peter Ash on this adventure. To do this also takes, I imagine, a large amount of research, which is so evident by the descriptions. This novel felt like a combination of amazing authors all coming together. Peter Ash feels like Jack Reacher, the setting and description is like a cross between the back country of C.J. Box's novels with a detail intricacies like Clancy. It keeps you locked in like Vince Flynn or Brad Thor.

I can't begin to describe how much I loved this book. I imagine it will be one of my favorites of 2020, although it's a little early to say. This series quickly rocketed up to one of my favorites out there. I applaud Nick Petrie for his ability to develop this amazing, in-depth character, who isn't necessarily this can-do-no-wrong gunslinger that we see lots of nowadays. This character feels real, and his stories are amazing. Highly, highly recommend this book and series.

Although you could easily read this as a standalone, I would definitely recommend reading the series first. It will provide some backstory to the character that you don't want to miss out on.

The narration by Stephen Mendel was amazing, and the fact that he has done the whole series makes it even more enjoyable to listen to. It was extra impressive in this novel, with the Icelandic and Irish accents.

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Lame, unenthusiastic narration

Same voice for every character, even for woman.
Same intonation and speed in action scenes. What should be read more dramatically, faster and with a strong voice and intonation, the narrator reads this scenes like a instruction manual.

This was getting on my nerves extremely. Spoiled it all.

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My least favorite Ash Book

Performed great .. my least favorite of the Peter Ash series. still need to listen to keep the progression of Peter going

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Best Petrie Yet

I enjoyed the first Petrie novels very much. this is my favorite. Give it a try!

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  • 06-28-20

Not my favorite

The story was good but a bit redundant about the PTSD. The author spent too much time on the details of the fights. I thought the premise was good but some of the characters were not particularly developed. Not my favorite Peter Ashe. You can skip this one. It won’t stop me from trying another in the series though.

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Not as good as the first 4 books

I kept stopping and coming back to this book. The other books in this series, I couldnt stop listening. Lewis was absent and June's presence was minimal. The fight scenes were a huge disappointment. The plot had too much going on and I still had questions about what happened to some important characters. The ending just seemed rushed as if the author got tired of writing and decided to just wrap it up.

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Story needed June and Ash's good buddy

I was disappointed in the story.....not enough June or his good buddy.....the dialogue between the girlfriend and his side kit was
what made the series fun. Storms are bad but are impersonal...….hard to believe anyone could survive the cold.

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not as good as others in the series still enjoy

not as good as other's in the series but still enjoyed. worth the listen for sure

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An entertaining listen

Okay, right up front, if you consider Jack Reacher an A, Peter Ash is going to be a solid B. This series is consistent and doesn't overreach. Petrie is a good writer and keeps the plot humming right along. I recommend this book, and those earlier in the series.

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  • Juliet
  • 01-19-20

More please

Enjoyable read in a style not unlike Simon Kernick's. It's certainly good enough writing to sustain the interest despite a dull, unemotional narrator. So why is this, the fifth Peter Ash book, the only one to appear on Audible? Could we have the others now, please - preferably with someone else reading?

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  • Mr. R. Warren
  • 02-12-20

Great narration, but very poor story.

Thought it would be more "Lee Child", like, sadly it was not. Peter Ash is no Jack Reacher.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 05-08-20

A thumping story

I’ve not read this author before. And you m exhausted after it. Did I enjoy it I guess I did but it is very violent so many fights with blood and killings. I won’t read him again. I prefer something less wild. Still I guess it’s called the wild one so what should I expect