Ex-counterterrorist soldier Joe Hunter has been called to Mexico to bring an end to a cartel that preys on the people they smuggle across the US border. Once the mission’s ended, however, Joe’s mission leader and mentor, CIA Black Ops director Walter Hayes Conrad, confesses that the bloody mission is not the real reason Joe has been summoned south of the border.
For years, Walter has kept the details of his private life – especially his family – secret from everyone, even his closest friends. But disaster has struck: his great-grandson Benjamin has been abducted, kidnapped by Walter’s sworn enemy, the leader of one of Mexico’s largest drug cartels. Walter will do whatever it takes to get the boy back. And he knows Hunter is the man for the job.
But there’s one complication — the drug boss just happens to be Benjamin’s father.
The great thing about Matt Hilton’s incarnation – Joe Hunter – is that you know exactly what to expect, to coin a well-used phrase – it does what it says on the tin. Joe Hunter is back for his ninth adventure and he’s as determined and stubborn as ever and although he’s starting to creak a little, the bones aren’t as young as they used to be, he can still dance with the best of them.
Interestingly for me, although I’ve read the majority of Matt’s books, on reading the book jacket I struggled to pick this one up and it remained on my to be read shelf for quite some time. You see I’m not a lover of – and this is totally a personal taste issue – Mexican dramas or books based on crossing the border, coyotes and cartels. I have absolutely no idea why, I’ve just never taken to that part of the genre. In the end of course I went for it, purely on the strength and enjoyment I’ve experienced with his previous novels, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this review and I wouldn’t be writing it!
Although not my favourite Joe Hunter adventure, partly due to where the book is set as I’ve explained previously, this is a fun read. The Lawless Kind is one of those books you can pick up and be thoroughly entertained. Like I’ve said, the books follow a similar pattern where we see Hunter called to help Walter Conrad, a father figure, and dispatch a few baddies into the never never. That part never gets old!
Comparisons between Joe Hunter and Jack Reacher will always be there and I’d be interested to see which protagonist would come out smiling, I daresay both would appreciate each other’s skills but for me Reacher would come out on top! Just!
A very quick read, the action remains at the forefront of the novel and doesn’t let up until the dramatic conclusion. It’s the high octane page turning and explosive confrontations that gives Hunter his longevity. A likeable character who is both moralistic and deadly, a heady combination, Hunter takes no prisoners as he sets about handing out his own brand of justice.
Another entertaining and enjoyable read, I’m glad I pushed my own misgivings to one side to read Hilton’s latest adventure and long may he continue!
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (30 Jan 2014)
- Language: Unknown
- ISBN-10: 1444784773
- ISBN-13: 978-1444784770
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.6 cm