Review: Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his war dog Kane are doing a little travelling, on the mend from their recent military action. Unfortunately, despite their best effort to relax and enjoy life nothing goes according to plan. While stopping for gas in Montana, Tucker notices four men walking towards the door with baseball bats, their intent obvious, to do some serious damage, in War Hawk, the second thriller in this series by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood.
The station owner, an Arab, shows signs of fright. Tucker, suspecting that the men had come to destroy the station, commands Kane to take action, and while Kane lunges and takes the first man to the ground, Tucker, a first rate fighter himself, quickly dispatches the others. When they arrive back at their motel room, Tucker is shocked to find, standing in the shadows, Jane Sabatello, a woman he had been close to more than six years ago when she was an Intelligence Analyst with the 75th Rangers. She is now working with the Defense Intelligence Agency. She tells him that people who have worked with her have been dying caused by mysterious causes. She knows now that someone is out to kill her, too. She also knows a former teammate of theirs, Sandy, is also on the list to be killed. Jane needs Tucker's help now.
The project that Jane and Sandy were working on was so classified that Jane and Sandy were working separately on it, neither knowing exactly what the other was doing. Jane wants Tucker to help her find out what they were working on, where secrecy is apparently maintained by killing those who have worked on it. Tucker is able to bring together a couple of brilliant scientists to work with them in trying to sort out what seems to be a global conspiracy.
So starts the non-stop action from the marshlands in the South to the beach heads of a civil war in Trinidad. No matter when Tucker and his team go, someone has followed them. Who are these people and how do they know when and where Tucker's team will be? There are more people being murdered and small countries being desecrated. Is this all because Pruitt Kellerman, the most powerful multimillionaire maniac in the government wants more power? What secrets will be unleashed when Tucker, Kane and their team discover Kellerman's goal? How many others will die and will more countries are destroyed?
Though War Hawk is clearly an action-centered novel of the first order, it is also a strongly character-driven one. Tucker Wayne and Kane, a seventy-pound Belgian Shepherd are a wonderful team, their activities together effortless in execution. The other (human) members that Tucker brings in each have their own strengths, but are also balanced with a touch of humor here and there. The storyline is complex, maybe a little too much so in places, but is still relatively straightforward to follow. Overall, a good, solid suspense thriller that will have readers looking forward to Tucker and Kane's next adventure.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of War Hawk.
Acknowledgment: HarperCollins provided a copy of War Hawk for this review.
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ISBN-13: 9780061784798; ISBN-10: 0061784796
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War Hawk by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood — A Tucker Wayne Thriller
Publisher: William Morrow
Publication Date: April 2016
List Price: $27.99
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