Wolf weaves human greed and motivations, frailty and compassion, political conspiracies and history into an engrossing military investigation tale. Currently in Seoul, US Army Chief Warrant Officer Wilson Spaulding and Special Agent Rudolf Chelmin find themselves investigating a series of bomb blasts that left several Americans dead. The pair knows they must stop the killer before they take more lives, but the accused is the son of a high official. Spaulding and Chelmin must tread carefully or risk losing their own lives. The novel is filled with unusually large but impressive amounts of military jargon and CID investigative details and remains engrossing throughout, prompting quick turns of the page. The characters are convincingly flawed. Wolf’s portrayal of Spaulding’s tender side brings plenty of positivity to the otherwise mostly high-action, high-violence theme. Relentless suspense and swiftly revealing plot twists keep the reader invested. The themes of terrorism, international political crisis, stock-market exploitation and financial crimes, corruption, bureaucratic shenanigans, friendship, love, duty, trust, and betrayal are woven skillfully into the main storyline. Along the way, Wolf delves into the intimate cultural milieu of Southeast Asia with compelling detail. The result is a rich, vivid, and addictive book filled with deeply realized characters and settings. Fans of action-packed military investigation thrillers will find much to like.
Categories: action and thriller