A novel inspired by #1 New York Times best-selling author Mark Greaney’s Audible Original drama, Armored.
Joshua Duffy is a Close Protection Agent—a professional bodyguard—and he's one of the world's elite operatives. That is, he was until his last mission in Lebanon. Against all odds, Josh got his primary out alive, but the cost was high. Josh lost his lower left leg.
There's not much call for an elite bodyguard with such an injury. So, Josh has to support his family working as a mall cop in New Jersey. For a man like Josh, this is purgatory on earth, but miracles can occur even in Paramus.
A lucky run-in with an old comrade promises to get Josh back in the field for one last job. The UN is sending a peace mission into the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico, an area so dangerous it's known as Espinazo del Diablo—the Devil's Spine. Only a fool would think they could broker peace between the homicidal drug cartels in the region, and only a madman would sign on to keep those fools alive.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There isn’t another hero out there quite like Josh Duffy, the protagonist of Gray Man author Mark Greaney’s explosive thriller. Thoughtful, principled, and loyal to a fault, Duffy lost his lower left leg while protecting a politician’s wife. After trying to make ends meet as a mall security guard, Greaney’s protagonist agrees to a highly dangerous assignment—going to Mexico to protect the negotiators confronting some powerful drug cartels. Greaney wastes zero time propelling his story along, with bullets flying almost from the jump. But it’s his portrayal of Duffy’s loving partnership with his wife, Nikki, that gets us even more invested in the story. They’re like your favorite couple from down the street—who just happen to run special ops. Armored is the first book in a series, and it’ll make you want to keep reading.
Ex-military contractor Josh Duffy, the hero of this enjoyable thriller from bestseller Greaney (the Gray Man series), lost a leg in his last mission and now works as a mall cop in Virginia. Low on self-esteem and struggling to provide for his family, Duffy leaps at the chance to join a private protection squad hired to guard a team of UN representatives venturing deep into Mexico in hopes of bringing peace to warring drug cartels and negotiating the return of 60 shoulder-launched missiles one cartel stole from the Mexican military. Fully aware that his new employer has a checkered reputation, Duffy ignores some early red flags and embarks with 21 other mercenaries into the Sierra Madre, all the while trying to conceal his prosthetic left leg. As the protection unit reaches a treacherous ridge known as the Devil's Spine, the cartels close in and Duffy discovers that he and his fellow mercs have been deceived from the start about the mission's true intent. Explosive action sequences follow as Duffy and company seek to retreat to flat land and safety, and Duffy proves to be more than just a hardened military tactician. Readers will hope he'll be back for an encore. Agent: Scott Miller, Trident Media Group.
Wow! What a great story. I was a little hesitant at first, I’ve read all of the “Gray Man” books, and I wasn’t sure about this story of “a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest,” but it turned out to be a great read from a great writer. Well done, Mark!
Great read! More of these to hold me over until the next Gray Man release. Just Don’t let Amazon do to Duffy what they did to Gentry …
Book was confusing at times going or hopping from character to character. Amazing what a one leg can do, as well as a wife thousand of miles away. Book was not as good as his previous ones.