“Rocket-paced suspense.”—Jeffery Deaver
“Gilstrap will leave you breathless.” —Harlan Coben
“A great hero, a really exciting series.” —Joseph Finder
Freelance operative Jonathan Grave faces his fiercest challenge yet in bestselling author John Gilstrap’s explosive new thriller . . .
The mission: Drop into the Mexican jungle, infiltrate a drug cartel’s compound, and extract a kidnapped DEA agent. But when Jonathan Grave and his partner, Boxers, retrieve the hostage and return to the exfil point, all hell breaks loose. Ambushed, abandoned, and attacked on all sides, their only hope of survival lies inside a remote orphanage where innocent children have been targeted for death.
Even if Grave can lead his precious cargo to safety across a hundred miles of treacherous jungle filled with enemies, he can’t shake the feeling that something bigger is at play. A vast conspiracy of international power players who take no prisoners—and leave no survivors . . .
“When you pick up a Gilstrap novel, one thing is always true—you are going to be entertained at a high rate of speed.” —Suspense Magazine
“If you like Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, you’ll love John Gilstrap.” —Gayle Lynds
“Gilstrap pushes every thriller button.” —San Francisco Chronicle
Thriller Award winner Gilstrap's exciting eighth outing for hostage rescue specialist Jonathan Grave (after 2015's Against All Enemies) takes Grave and his partner, Brian Van De Muelebroecke (aka Boxers), on a mission to the Mexican jungle, where they succeed in rescuing DEA agent Harry Dawkins from a compound controlled by drug lord Alejandro Azul. They kill Dawkins's captors and evade armed pursuit only to discover that the pilot who was supposed to fly them to safety has abandoned them. The three wind up at an orphanage, la Casa de Santa In s, where they find 13 children and a hidden storage area filled with military equipment belonging to Azul. Inevitably, Grave, Boxers, and Dawkins take the children under their wing. The three men face innumerable obstacles as they and their young charges, who display expected and unexpected bravery, make their way to the coast in a bid for freedom. Fans of epic adventure stories will find plenty to like.