An island paradise is taken hostage in a plot to spark global war in this “perfect summer read for thriller fans” by the New York Times bestselling author (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
For Jonathan Grave and Gail Bonneville, the Crystal Sands Resort just off Mexico’s Pacific coast is the perfect getaway—until gunshots shatter the night. Wealthy guests are yanked out of their rooms and forced to submit to their captors’ demands. But Grave and Bonneville are no ordinary vacationers. The Russian mercenaries who invade their bungalow receive a deadly surprise. And the two skilled operatives escape into the jungle.
It won’t be long before the invaders turn this tropical paradise into a powder keg that will set off global chaos. Grave may be without weapons—and cut off from his usual tactical team—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.
Another espionage screen play with more worthless filler than meaningful depth.