Ethan Decker is a specialized 'hunter' for one of the most secretive agencies of the US government. His mission it to track down ruthless international fugitives.
But when a daring mission takes a lethal turn, he exiles himself to a remote desert in New Mexico to live in a jail of his own guilt and grief. Until a former member of his covert team arrives at his door, shepherding two children. She entrusts them to Decker’s protection and leaves without explanation.
Suddenly he's the hunted instead of the hunter and the race is on to unlock the mystery behind these two children--innocent pawns in a dark conspiracy so evil that even this former spy could not imagine the peril that lies directly in his path.
As Decker fights to protect the innocent and struggles to restore a shattered relationship that seems beyond repair, Patricia Lewin takes us on a thrilling ride full of whip-snap action, deadly turns, and almost unbearable suspense.
Lewin makes a shaky debut with this suspense novel that combines romance, rogue assassins and children in jeopardy with a dash of futuristic science. It's been three years since ex-CIA covert operative Ethan Decker's five-year-old son was murdered by a mysterious assassin. Decker has abandoned his wife, Sydney, and his job to hole up in a trailer in the New Mexico desert. He takes refuge in booze and self-pity until two children are unexpectedly dumped in his lap by Anna Kelsey, a former member of his elite investigative team. Danny and Callie are preteen siblings on the run from the Keepers, a secretive scientific institution specializing in genetic experimentation. After Kelsey is murdered by Marco Ramirez, the same man Decker believes is responsible for his son's death, he reluctantly goes on the road with the two children forced to solve the mystery behind Anna's murder, investigate the suspicious doings of the Keepers and protect Sydney, who seems to be the assassin's next target. Despite the fast pace, abundant action and ambitious premise, there are few surprises here. The plot turns feel like a composite of television action dramas and suspense novels of yore. The characters are thin, and the dialogue could use some vitamin supplements as well ("Opportunity knocked, I acted"). The implausible feel-good ending, involving 25 children on a boat bound for Canada, adds little to this uneven effort.
Enjoyed very much, would recommend .
Amazing from beginning to finish
This book made me feel like I was watching a movie! The way the author writes is phenomenal and kept me on edge. I cannot wait for the sequel to this novel! I’m so happy I came across this book.
Edgy yet thrilling
I read this book in 2 days, if that helps you understand the nature of my review. This book offers it all, suspense, quick turn of events, a plot well thought out, characters whom you love and hate, along with an ending that doesn’t leave you hanging. I read more than a hundred books a year and now being mid April, this one is clearly my favorite for 2021!