They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But Jason Trapp is losing his taste for it. For six months, his personal crusade has taken him around the world, mopping up the last of the Bloody Monday conspirators. There’s only one left, and after the crooked financier Emmanuel Alstyne meets his maker, Trapp’s debt will be paid in full. He vows he’s done with the business of death. Unfortunately, it isn’t done with him.
After a simple kill mission goes sideways in Macau, leaving a CIA spy kidnapped, half a dozen Chinese agents dead, and America’s satellites burning in the skies, Trapp is propelled back into the game. Eliza Ikeda was taken on his watch, and he’s determined to get her back–no matter the cost. The problem is, he has no idea who took her, why, or what they plan to do next. Trapp knows he’s being played. And with the world’s only two superpowers hurtling toward the precipice of war, time is running out….
Retirement will have to wait. Trapp is back in action. And this time, it’s personal.
Point of view:
3rd person. Mostly Trapp’s perspective, but several other key characters POVs as well.
This is book 2 in Jack Slater’s Jason Trapp series. While this stands well on its own – there are spoilers to book 1, Dark State, and events in that book launched many of Jason’s actions in this one, so they’re best enjoyed in order.
Again, Slater does a great job with world building, pacing, and character development. He has this knack for making seemingly unrelated incidents entertaining and then tying them all together.
Jason isn’t in this alone and Slater writes another strong female lead in Eliza. She may be captured, but she’s not completely helpless or giving up. The insight into the political aspects and ramifications is also compelling. I enjoyed the banter between the SEALs as well.
I also like that Slater includes the perspective of the antagonists. It doesn’t take anything from the suspense though as the true motivations are still a secret for most of the story. We’re discovering them right along with Jason, Eliza, Mitchell, and the President. False Flag is the title for a reason as there are lots of twists and turns to uncover layers of nefarious plans.
A great listen.
Mark Garkusha continues to be impressive. There are a LOT of characters in this book of different ages, backgrounds, and from numerous countries. Garkusha is wonderful at bringing them all to life consistent with Slater’s writing including numerous accents and emotions. Fantastic job. I’ll continue to seek out his work.
Content Warnings (possible spoilers):
Abuse of prisoners, including minors. Medical/infectious death.
I borrowed the ebook via Kindle Unlimited but received a copy of the Audiobook from the narrator and am leaving an honest review.
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My Favorite Quotes
“A single gunshot rolled across the mountainous terrain, and an emaciated body slumped against the ground.”
“Okay then. We do it your way.”
“What the hell happened to you, Jason?”
“What’s your plan?”
Mitchell grinned. “Simple, sir. Jason Trapp.”
“If you do this, you’ll start a war…”
“You can only push your luck so far…”