James Murphy is a Marine Corps sniper. He’s done two tours in Afghanistan. He’s considered an American Hero. And James is out for revenge.
Alejandro Rocha, a massively powerful drug kingpin who operates out of La Paz, Mexico, is responsible for James’s sister, Layla’s death, and he intends to make Rocha pay for it.
James goes AWOL from his unit and travels to Mexico, ready to enact bloody vengeance, but before he can go through with his plan, he is arrested by the crooked police of La Paz. He’s quickly thrown into a dangerous prison on trumped-up charges. He knows he is marked for death while in this prison and there’s nothing he can do about it. However, there is a group of people who can do something about it.
Discovering that James is wasting away in a Mexican prison, the marines in his unit decide to risk court-martial themselves and go AWOL as well, ready to go to war in order to break their brother out. And that’s just the beginning of the mayhem and violence.
Marine sniper James Murphy, the hero of this suspenseful, stylishly written novel from Jahn (The Dispatcher), has recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan and is stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Tex. When he learns that his junky sister, Layla, has been killed on orders from Mexican cartel boss Alejandro Rocha, James crosses the border seeking revenge, but while staking out Rocha's house in a desert town west of Ciudad Juarez, he's arrested by the cops, framed, and tossed into jail. With no chance of getting out alive on his own, James must rely on three Marine buddies and girlfriend Pilar Gutierrez to bust him out. Complicating the action are a crooked DEA agent, Francis Waters, and an undercover agent known as Gael Morales, who's serving as a Rocha gang member while trying to collect enough information to bring him to justice. Jahn doesn't portray the Marines as superheroes, and when their plans begin to fall apart, clever thinking and courage are what keep them on task. This satisfying read has enough twists and turns for fans of any genre.