I hated it and for special reasons I will explain so you will know if my hatred for it would affect whether you would like it or notWhen I read mysteries suspense novels "or thrillers I am there for the story and not to be insulted politically by the "thrillers I am there for the story and not to be insulted politically by the John Gilstrap was VERY heavy handed in his disrespect for women and his hatred for Democrats liberals and those who live in cities and not out in the sticks This guy is pure Republican with no respect for others who are different He doesn t seem to understand that Democrat liberal city types like myself make up the majority of readers in this country so attacking us hardly seems wise for a writer In fact I ll never even try to read another of his books His attitude here is relentlessly hateful towards people like myself I am supposedly stupid because I am a Democrat despite my graduate degrees and not a real American because I have always chosen to live in large cities since according to Gilstrap real Americans ONLY live in rural areas or small towns Typical Ted Cruz Donald Trump etc voter Not my favorite GilstrapGrave Digger novel More of a political thriller than what attracted me to Gilstrap s novels hostage rescue Other authors do a better ob at the political thriller genre I ve always looked forward to new Jonathan Grave novels but was fairly disappointed in this one Mainly because of the overt political sniping in this one I uit reading Brad Thor for the same thing I read books to be entertained not to learn of the author s opinion on politics Plus the ending was so unreasonable it was laughable I have liked all the previous novels in the Grave series However the author used this particular novel as a platform to spout ridiculous political rhetoric The problem with that party that you rail against so Mr Gilstrap They re the ones who actually read so congratulations on alienating your audience And you ve I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad just uit your dayob Unfortunate because I will not buy even one of your novels I hope reinforcing your old white man ness was worth the loss of revenue I used to love John Gilstrap s writing He used to be one of my must read authors In fact I still enjoy reading some of his earlier works especially Nathan s Run Yet som. Jonathan Grave finds it hard to believe that a fellow combat vet has gone rogue killing American agents and leaking sensitive intel to hostile foreign interests With black ops assassins. ,
Ething happened in his Jonathan Grave series that I subconsciously noted in earlier entries of the series but finally became intolerable in this book the curse of politics The contempt for liberals the never ending reminder from the majority of his characters that the real Americans don t live in urban areas but only in the heartland and rural areas ust became intolerable When I spend my money on a thriller I want a compelling story not a polemic I couldn t concentrate or become interested in the events of the story because of his chronic contempt towards those who were gullible enough or only interested in freeloading and thus voted Democrats If you "Can Ignore The Bias "ignore the political bias his story and characters this is actually an interesting story Unfortunately I couldn t and this story ust fell flat for me John Gilstrap s tales of Jonathan Grave a former super secret commando and currently an off the books rescuer of hostages and the like can be frustrating Gilstrap s great at creating main characters that you like and want to read about and in 2015 s Against All Enemies he even gives some depth and dimension to his villain He writes great action scenes crisp dialogue and funny buddy bickeringBut he also can be very talky and Enemies has that uality on 10000 candlepower display his heroes actually share many of the views of the villains who want to overthrow the government but their commitment to the rule of law and their ability to spot the flaw in the overthrow plan keep them on the side of the good guys Which they tell us over and over againSo when Grave and his main partner Boxers track down a former colleague who s gone rogue and find he s less of a problem than the people he was seeking out they have to suss out the proper course of action even though it won t necessarily be the legal one That lets them lecture various and sundry characters including each other on why what they re doing is rightGilstrap also throws in some left turns in a couple of characters for what seems to be no real reason other than he can which ars the narrative and actually leaves a sour taste on what should be a much satisfying finale More than once Grave and Boxers have provided a high octane an. On the trail of his old friend Grave sets out to get to him first He finds far than he bargained for Not only the wily operative but evidence of a conspiracy so dangerous so far reachi.