“You bring death,” the voice said, “and Hell follows with you.” Relentless bounty hunter Jack Keller returns in Devils and Dust, the long-awaited fourth installment of the critically acclaimed series from award-nominated author J. D. Rhoades. Keller’s been in exile, living a quiet life in the desert, since his disappearance after the cataclysmic events of 2008’s award-winning Safe and Sound. Now his old friend and former employer Angela has tracked him down and needs his help. Oscar Sanchez, Angela’s husband and Keller’s best friend, has disappeared while investigating what happened to the sons he was trying to bring to America. If anyone can find Oscar, Keller can, but along the way he has to confront his own demons and his unresolved feelings for Angela — now his best friend’s wife. Keller’s quest takes him from a corrupt Mexican border town to a prison camp in the swamps of South Carolina and pits him against human traffickers, violent drug lords, and a vicious group of white supremacists perpetuating an evil as old as civilization itself in the name of God. All of them are about to learn a hard lesson: if Jack Keller's after you, he's bringing Hell with him.
Rhoades's entertaining fourth novel about bounty hunter/mercenary Jack Keller (after 2007's Safe and Sound) stretches believability at just about every turn. Keller is trying to live the quiet life in a small southwestern town, but his former employer (and one-time lover), Angela, has tracked him down to help find her husband, Oscar Sanchez. Oscar has disappeared while investigating what happened to his two sons, whom he arranged to have transported illegally across the Mexican border. Keller follows the trail south for a confrontation with Auguste Mandujano, the crime lord who brokered the deal. We soon learn that some of Mandujano's "shipments" of illegal immigrants were intercepted by a radical white supremacist group calling themselves the Church of Elohim. Led by a psychopathic zealot, "the General", the group runs a forced labor camp in South Carolina, holds mock "trials" for minor infractions, and metes out lethal punishments. Inevitably, Keller has to infiltrate the Church of Elohim with stealth and a lot of firepower to rescue the boys. Rhodes does a fine job of building the suspense and writes convincing action scenes, he uses largely stock characters and situations.
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Devils and Dust
Good book, looking forward to reading the next one.