Undercover operators are being hunted down in their homes — and the prime suspect is one of their own.
A deadly fall on a rugged stretch of California coast. A burglary gone wrong in Virginia. These incidents seem unrelated, but the victims were living undercover, their true identities closely held secrets. They are members of a classified team, the last line of defense against foreign threats. Now, someone is assassinating them, one by one, taking out family members and innocent bystanders to make the deaths seem like accidents.
Captain John Hayes, a special operations legend, has left the military to settle down with his family. But when he pieces together a pattern behind the murders and discovers that his protégée Claire Rhodes, a brilliant assassin, is the prime suspect, he returns to duty to unmask the attackers.
With every success, the killers grow bolder. Their ultimate goal: Lure Hayes and his remaining fellow soldiers to Manhattan, to eliminate them all in a single devastating strike. To save his teammates and thousands of innocent lives, Hayes must find a way to stop a seemingly unstoppable weapon.
Dead Man Switch delivers nonstop twists, turns, and action in a high-stakes thriller about what happens when the fight abroad follows our covert operators home — and their painstakingly constructed double lives are shattered.
Special ops legend John Hayes, now retired, gets back on the job once it becomes apparent that someone is systematically killing members of his former squad the darkest of all military units, Cold Harvest in Quirk's dazzling sequel to 2016's Cold Barrel Zero. Hayes investigates one death after another, all carefully disguised as accidents (an apparent cliff fall in California, a home-invasion robbery gone wrong in Virginia). As he crosses the country, Hayes comes to the unsettling realization that his former prot g , assassin Claire Rhodes, is a prime suspect, though what her motive might be is baffling. Also at the top of the suspect list is Niko Hynd, a high-level Pakistani terrorist, whose operations were seriously degraded by Cold Harvest raids in recent years. Hayes, an incredibly capable, unapologetic rogue, fights the good fight and reveals the secrets of how he's doing it as he goes. Right up to the tense finale in New York City's Rockefeller Plaza, Quirk never strikes a dull or off-key note.)
Exciting at times. A little bit off track at other times. Ending could have been better
Loved the pace
Great plot twist at the end regarding the real killer. Loved the action sequences and the location descriptions and dynamics
All his books suffer from a lack of editing and continuity errors but I’m not so picky as to point out any of them. This volume could be a stand alone issue since very few characters appear in it and the one preceding it and those who do are well defined. It was exciting to read. That’s all I really required.