An island paradise held hostage. A band of dangerous killers unleashed. A sinister plot that could push the superpowers to the brink of war. The perfect formula for explosive suspense in John Gilstrap’s electrifying new Jonathan Grave thriller . . .
For Jonathan Grave and Gail Bonneville, the Crystal Sands Resort is the perfect getaway—until gunshots shatter the night. Wealthy guests are yanked out of their sleep, herded like animals, forced to submit to their captors’ demands. But Jonathan and Gail are no ordinary vacationers. The assassins who invade their bungalow receive a deadly surprise. And two determined, skilled operatives escape into the jungle.
Jonathan and Gail are not the only free agents on the island. Cut off from his usual tactical team, with a pair of unlikely allies he can’t fully trust, Grave’s only hope of reliable back-up is his partner Boxers, who’s hundreds of miles—and hours—away. It won’t be long before the invaders turn this tropical paradise into the powderkeg that will set off global chaos. Grave may be without weapons, but he’s never without resources. Bold action is the only solution. Like the scorpion, Grave must strike fast and hard . . .
Set on a private island off Mexico's Pacific coast, Thriller Award winner Gilstrap's 10th Jonathan Grave novel (after 2017's Final Target) is a sizzling beach read for military action fans. What is supposed to be a lazy tropical holiday at the Crystal Sands Resort for Jonathan and his girlfriend, Gail Bonneville, becomes anything but idyllic with the arrival of Russian terrorist mercenaries intent on hijacking a weapons shipment of unimaginable destructive power. Grave and Gail slip into the jungle to slowly pick off those they can, aided by Tyler Stratton, the resort owner's ne'er-do-well stepson. Brian "Boxers" Van de Muelebroecke, Grave's hulking best friend, assembles a team of former Security Solutions operatives to mount a rescue. Boxers intends to save only his compatriots, but Grave, Gail, and Tyler aim to take back the island and eliminate the terrorist threat and destroy the armaments. Tyler's growth from cowardly beach bum to stalwart hero is impressive, and a precocious teenage girl proves to be a formidable impediment to her captors. This is the perfect summer read for thriller fans.