17th Jul2013

Book Review – Sacrifice

by Lloyd Paige

Sacrifice bookcoverSynopisis

Afghanistan, 2008. A Black Hawk helicopter carrying a senior CIA operative is shot down by a surface to

air missile, its lone passenger taken hostage by a fanatical new insurgent group.

Knowing this man holds information vital to the ongoing conflict, the CIA bring in Ryan Drake and his

elite Shepherd team to find and rescue their lost operative.

But nothing is what it seems, and within hours of arriving in the war-torn country, Drake and his team

find themselves caught in a deadly conflict between a brutal terrorist warlord and the ruthless leader of

a private military company.

And lurking in the shadows is a woman from Drake’s past determined to settle old scores.

The Review

Will Jordan’s debut novel Redemption was a full throttle thriller that provided a high-octane ride. Sacrifice sees him up the ante with the welcomed return of Ryan Drake.

Jordan tackles that tricky second novel issue with aplomb and sails through the test to deliver a cracking Ryan Drake adventure. It’s a big read so you’re not going to get through this in your lunch hour, but you’ll be able to savour the moments and follow Drake into Afghanistan where he investigates the shooting down of a helicopter that led to the abduction of CIA operative Hal Mitchell.

Drake is brought in and offered the onerous task of getting Mitchell back but decisions are not easy to make. He does a quick bit of soul searching and wonders if there’s another team they can bring in, but he’s the best man for the job so ends up agreeing to it, along with his team. Keira Frost and John Keegan, joined by explosives expert Samantha McKnight.

After they land in the war torn country to investigate the crash site he soon finds himself up against the War on Terror and old enemy Kourash Anwari. The action flies at you and as Drake’s other growing suspicions come to light, he soon realises that someone else is pulling Anwari’s strings. Yet this doesn’t stop the two men from eventually squaring up against each other after a game of cat and mouse, and a spew of bodies falling by the wayside.

Sacrifice also sees the return of the uber-cool Anya. This girl’s got style. She’s a real handful and in a room full of rowdy men, they’d only be one winner. She has a personal agenda of her own which draws her onto Drake’s path. There’s a bubbling chemistry between the two of them and they join forces which is a good thing, because Drake needs all the friends he can muster, including an old colleague Matthew Cunningham. As Drake digs deeper he deciphers the abducted Mitchell’s coded message and finds that there are not many he can trust.

Jordan handles the war stuff pretty well, the detail is there and the narrative flows, enabling the smell of sand and sweat to spring from the pages. He also manages to integrate the presence of a private military contractor in the shape of the shadowy Horizon. Situated on the outskirts of Kabul they are headed by Richard Carpenter, a man not to be trifled with. The book is split into parts one to five with a short paragraph of historical war facts serving as the introduction to each, which helps to set the scene.

Sacrifice touches on war and how the pieces of that war can be manipulated for personal gain. It also provides an energetic adventure for battle hardened operative Drake, a man we’re going to be itching to see more of and it might be a sacrifice worth making.


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