A mission to infiltrate a Mexican drug cartel leaves a rescue specialist stranded among the enemy in a thriller by the New York Times bestselling author.
Jonathan Grave and his partner Boxers have just been given the kind of suicide mission they specialize in. Dropping into the Mexican jungle, they must infiltrate a drug cartel’s compound and extract a kidnapped DEA agent. But when Grave and 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 the others to safety across a hundred miles of treacherous, enemy-filled jungle, 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.
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.