It’s not such a beautiful day in the neighborhood ...
From the critically acclaimed author of the Logan West thrillers comes a can’t-miss, brand-new novel that proves Matthew Betley is the modern master of the unputdownable page-turner.
For most of the citizens of Hidden Refuge, it’s an ordinary Friday night in an ordinary American town. But when men claiming to be police officers show up at their doorsteps in the middle of the night, ordering them to evacuate for their own safety, it’s only the beginning of a long, dark night that will prove to be anything but ordinary. Unbeknownst to most of its residents, Hidden Refuge contains something that very dangerous men desperately want, and they are more than willing to kill to get it.
But Hidden Refuge contains another secret—Zack Chambers, a seemingly unassuming programmer and suburbanite family man who is far more than meets the eye. And while Zack dearly hoped that he’d never again need to use the deadly skills he’d acquired in his former life, when push comes to shove, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect himself and his neighbors. Even if it means taking on a small army of trained killers with only his wits and a ragtag group of allies.
Before the night is over, the blood of the innocent and the guilty alike will be shed, old scores will be settled, and shocking twists will be revealed. Propulsive, brilliantly plotted, and packed with Matthew Betley’s trademark blend of gritty realism and edge-of-your-seat action, The Neighborhood is a can’t-miss thriller.
At the start of this disappointing standalone from Betley (the Logan West thrillers), CIA dropout Griffin Huntsmen, whose company is "one of the most successful private military and security contractors in and around D.C.," masterminds the armed takeover of the gated community of Hidden Refuge, Va., so that he can retrieve a misplaced laptop containing top secret data to prevent a mysterious foreign power from getting it. What he doesn't realize is that one resident is former CIA agent Zach Chambers, who became Griffin's nemesis years ago during an assassination debacle in Malta. Zack, who must now unpack the deadly skills he thought he'd given up, begins to pick off Griffin's team of mercenaries one by one as they try to control the community's captive residents. Zach gets help from such folks as his equally lethal brother, Nick, who drops by during the action, and his ex-boss at the agency, Brandon Harper, who also just happens to have settled in Hidden Refuge. Amid coincidences and unlikely complications, everyone gets to display or develop a full set of combat skills as the slam-bang yarn races to its conclusion. This one won't win Betley any new fans.
A good read
I look forward to another 'one off' by this author
From the middle of the 1st chapter to the finish this is one of the best thrillers I have ever read, kept me on the edge of my seat all night long!
I seriously regret buying this book. The site that recommended it presented it as a mystery, not as a military thriller. The characters were uninteresting, and the violence was excessive.