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'Hunt Them Down': Intelligent and thoughtful thriller

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AM
'Hunt Them Down', a thriller by Simon Gervais.

In Hunt Them Down, Simon Gervais has crafted an intelligent and thoughtful thriller that mixes family dynamics with explosive action. Heroes who fight impossible odds, while being likeable characters, are always welcome in the world of genre fiction.

In this one, Pierce Hunt has returned from a six-month forced leave after a reporter is injured during a bust, even though it's not his fault.

On his first day back, he's assigned to assist the transfer of a high-profile drug cartel target named Vicente Garcia. It's personal for Hunt, since he's responsible for bringing Garcia to justice at the cost of his marriage. He also fell in love with Garcia's daughter. When the convoy is ambushed, Hunt barely survives. Then he learns that the people responsible are not only attempting to take over the lucrative drug business, they have also kidnapped Garcia's granddaughter and a friend of hers, who happens to be Hunt's daughter.

The new head of the cartel could not be more ruthless, and if it means killing the girls to have her demands met, so be it. Hunt has to not only work with Garcia's daughter, the woman he tried to forget, and who loathes him after his betrayal, he also has to work against the very principles he swore to uphold.

The possibilities are endless in this new series, and this will easily find an enthusiastic audience craving Hunt's next adventures.