War veteran Peter Ash tracks a murderer and his criminal family through the most forbidding and stark landscape he has ever encountered, in the latest thriller from the bestselling author of The Drifter.
Losing ground in his fight against post-traumatic claustrophobia, war veteran Peter Ash has no intention of getting on an airplane--until a grieving woman asks Peter to find her eight-year-old grandson. The woman's daughter has been murdered. Erik, the dead daughter's husband, is the sole suspect, and he has taken his young son and fled to Iceland for the protection of Erik's lawless family.
Finding the boy becomes more complicated when Peter is met at the airport by a man from the United States Embassy. For reasons both unknown and unofficial, it seems that Peter's own government doesn't want him in Iceland. The police give Peter two days of sightseeing in Reykjavik before he must report back for the first available seat home. . . and when they realize Peter isn't going home until he accomplishes his mission, they start hunting him, too.
From the northernmost European capital to a rustbound fishing vessel to a remote farm a stone's throw from the arctic, Peter must confront his growing PTSD and the most powerful Icelandic snowstorm in a generation to find a killer, save an eight-year-old boy, and keep himself out of an Icelandic prison--or a cold Icelandic grave.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you haven’t met unstoppable vigilante Peter Ash yet, The Wild One is an introduction you won’t forget. In the fifth book in Nick Petrie’s excellent series, the ex-marine—whose Iraq War PTSD has left him sleepless and claustrophobic—travels to Iceland to investigate the case of a missing child whose mother was brutally murdered. But no one wants Ash there, not the local cops, not various shadowy agents of the U.S. government, not even the boy’s remaining family. Petrie has created a fully realized, three-dimensional action hero: A victim of war who’s still fighting his memories and has a knack for being pulled back into violence. With The Wild One, he succeeds in making Iceland feel like a character, mapping a landscape that’s as rugged, unforgiving, and authentic as the local delicacy, fermented shark. As Ash pursues his mission with a feral intensity that crackles and burns, we found ourselves struggling to put the book down and get anything done.
Thriller Award winner Petrie's terrific fifth novel to feature PTSD-stricken Peter Ash (after 2019's Tear It Down) sends the Iraq War vet to Reykjav k on a mission an old member of his squad has asked him to help a wealthy woman locate her eight-year-old grandson, scar, who seems to have been abducted and taken to Iceland by the boy's father, who's charged with murdering scar's mother. No sooner does Peter's plane land than he's nabbed by the local police and told by a suit from the U.S. embassy that he's not welcome in Iceland and must return to the States within 48 hours. Peter has no intention of obeying that mandate, but before he can lay his plans, he's mugged and beaten outside a nightclub. The intrepid Peter patches himself up, steals a car, eludes a squadron of police, and heads off into the wilds of Iceland searching for scar and his fugitive father. This is where the book begins to soar, as Peter pits his war-honed resourcefulness against the unforgiving weather and topography of Iceland, all the while being chased by a dogged police chief. This kinetic, breathless masterpiece illustrates why Petrie is here to stay. Author tour.
A return to form
This book was an unexpected return to quality, after the sub-average 4th in the series (and its wholly unnecessary flirtation with side characters blessed with woke superhero powers). I’m glad to see the author get back to grit, and to break with some of the conventions he’d built up in the previous four novels, which were getting tired faster than his main character does chasing bad guys through the snow barefoot.
Keep it up.
Our all too human American hero is a veteran, compassionate, and a definite enemy of all evil doers. Watch out dudes...he’s coming for ya!