But, then I read Nathan's Run and it actually blew me away His sophomore novel, At All Costs, was every bit as good as his first as was the next one, Even Steven. But with Even Steven and the follow up, Scott Free, I began to notice some inconsistencies in the book Things that a good editor would have noticed.
They were still good books, excellent even, but they could have been great books. It's been six years since Gilstrap has had anything published and I had almost forgotten about him until I saw No Mercy on Amazon's "New Releases" list. But, curiously enough, no longer was this Gilstrap book first coming out in hardcover This doesn't usually bode well for me as I detest reading paperbacks and, if I hadn't already had a history with this author, I definitely would have passed. This seems to be happening a lot lately.
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Another favorite author of mine, Colin Harrison, has a new book out, Risk, and it's also a paperback and not a hardcover. Is it just becoming too expensive for these publishers to commit to a hardcover copy. I guess woe is me because I don't think I can put myself through another paperback read for this year. And believe me, I'm not trying to sound elitist, I just don't like the size or feel of a paperback. This must also be the year to start a "series" because two other authors I follow Joseph Finder and Christopher Reich have also penned the first book in their new series this year.
Surprisingly enough, this is the route Gilstrap has now chosen as he introduces us to Jonathan Grave, ex-military That description could run the gamut of the many things people are willing to pay for but, in this book, the security solution involves trying to find a college student who has been kidnapped.
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Here's a little tidbit of information for all of you. Gilstrap has one son and usually each of his books prominently features a child in danger and always a boy. As his writing career began with Nathan's Run, the boy in that book was twelve. As Gilstrap's own son has gotten older, so have the boys in each of his books. I just find this kind of stuff interesting.
No Mercy has an intricate plot beginning with the kidnapping of Thomas Hughes and taking us into the inner sanctum of a company that manufactures many different items for defense, one of which is a secret "germ juice".
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In the background is an activist group, The Green Brigade, who wants to get their hands on some of the things this company is producing. They're the kind of people who think they can save the planet through violence and they dish out some of the most awful torture you can imagine. But there's only one person who might be able to stop them and that's our main character, Johnathan, with his sidekick Boxers and his assistant Venice Alexander.
Our Jonathan Graves is unbelievably "connected" and it's nothing for him to call the director of the FBI, Irene Rivers, and tell her what he needs. I particularly loved this main character, better known to some as "Scorpian". From chapter to chapter, I was on the edge of my seat and this has been the case with every Gilstrap book I've ever read. But here's where the real "No Mercy" will come into play and that's in the end of this review. I love it when an author acknowledges and thanks his editor but it really irks me when he should be firing them.
I found no less than thirteen errors in the book and that's only the ones I wrote down. There were a few more before I even started to keep count. I understand how editors are overworked and underpaid but where does the burden fall in putting out a book that is typographically and grammatically correct?
If I was an author and my name was going on the front of a book, I'd make darn sure everything inside was correct. And then there were the usual Gilstrap inconsistencies that I mentioned above which a good editor would have noticed. And lastly, and this is my real pet peeve, why do authors have their friends write reviews to boost the rating of the book?
Of the ten reviews here as I'm typing this, half are by people who have only written one Amazon review. What does that tell you? When my son was growing up and playing sports, he would be with other kids all the time who bragged about everything they did. My husband told him that "if you're good, you don't have to tell anyone because they already know it.
You are good and you don't need any bogus reviews to let readers know how good you are because they already know. And if they don't know it now, I hope my review will encourage everyone to read your entire repertoire of books. This is a five star story you've written. However, thanks to some very poor editing, I can only rate it 4 stars.
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I'm hoping that you will heed this criticism and be more on top of the next book that comes out in this series. And see if you can convince your publisher to go back to hardcover editions.
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In any event, I look forward to the next episode of Jonathan Grave and Company View 1 comment. There are not many books that I've read that I could just not put down, but this was one of them. I could have done without some of the language, but this book is just great. If you enjoyed the television series 24 like I did, you'll absolutely love this book.
The story follows Jonathan Grave, a former army ranger and current owner of a security company that specializes in hostage extraction, as he is initially hired by a family whose son has been kidnapped to rescue the victim from his captors. Once the mission is completed, Jonathan begins to learn that there is more to the story of the kidnapping than he was told and that he actually has personal ties to the overall situation. There is a few gruesome details involving torture and murder that I would say are not for the faint of heart included in this story, but it will keep you on the edge of your seat if you can stomach that kind of thing.
Mar 14, Freda Malone rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Heroes with a reputation breaking the rules and getting away with it by 'justifiable homicide'. Jonathan Grave is no different. However, he has his own past to contend with. I liked the Sheriff, Gail Bonneville, who tears at your morals in every which way the rules are written, and finally joins ranks with Jonathan. I noticed a slightly different writing style t Much like the series of Mitch Rapp, Bob Lee Swagger and Pike Logan, I enjoy these rush 'em, slay 'em, shoot 'em, and blow 'em up reads.
I noticed a slightly different writing style that became an easier read than some of the others. Less information and more Ka-Boom. A few more characters that I enjoyed a little more as well. I think I found another series to add to my never ending list of heroes.
One of those books where the bad guys wear black hats and the good guys wear gray ones. It is extremely violent even for a book and may have a few too many cliches. However, the modern version of an old west shoot 'em up, still interests me.
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Of particular note are the women in "No Mercy". Unlike a lot of books which paint all women with the same brush, this one has strong, weak, annoying, intelligent, and whiny. I like it when women can be as div One of those books where the bad guys wear black hats and the good guys wear gray ones. I like it when women can be as diverse as men--especially in a book that is probably NOT marketed for your typical female audience.
It is the first in the series and I do plan to read book 2. Jul 14, Marcy rated it liked it. This thriller about a wealthy PI with a vigilante alter ego was filled with action, but nevertheless, dragged for me. I didn't especially like many of the main characters and personally disagreed with many of their decisions. I do like the author's style of writing and am willing to give him another chance in the future.