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No Mercy (Jonathan Grave #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  1,790 ratings  ·  163 reviews
No Mercy will leave you breathless.” --Harlan Coben

When those inside the corridors of power need help outside the law, they know who to call. Jonathan Grave, covert rescue specialist, always gets results. No names. No feds. No trace evidence.

When an Indiana college student is abducted, Jonathan and his team of ace operatives unravel a deadly scheme the government wan
Mass Market Paperback, 443 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Pinnacle (first published January 1st 2009)
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~* 4.5 Stars *~
An Impressive Thriller

Once an elite military warrior, Jonathan 'Digger' Grave now runs a specialized private investigations firm - but that's more like his front job. What Digger truly specializes and excels in is retrieval...of the human variety. He works under the cover of anonymity with a team of brilliant and devoted friends and associates whenever someone somewhere needs to be freed. In No Mercy he's hired to save a kidnapped college student, but the job goes hot and ends wit
Good new series for me, featuring Jonathan Grave, a hostage rescue specialist who will do whatever is necessary to complete his mission, and more, if necessary. This one starts on high octane and never lets up. Hired to rescue a college-aged kid, Grave (a/k/a Scorpion) along with his sidekick Boxers (a/k/a Big Guy), he is drawn into a case involving his ex-wife, her investigative reporter beau, and the college kid's family, which cannot afford his freelancing talents. Of course, there is a much ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox

I've read a few books by this author which I enjoyed so I was looking forward to getting into his Jonathan Grave Series.

Wow, 1st book in the series, and I’m hooked.

Jonathan Grave is a wealthy ex-Delta Force soldier, now owner of Security Solutions that deals in doing freelance and covert hostage rescue missions with connections to FBI.

The book opens with a rescue operation gone bad and soon becomes immersed in trying to locate his ex wife’s husband who has gone missing.
This is a hero who is not
Nancy (Hrdcovers)

I'm no stranger to this author having gotten on the John Gilstrap bandwagon in the late nineties when he came out with Nathan's Run. I was on an AOL book board at the time and many of the posters there were talking about this book and how good it was. Gilstrap, himself, also showed up and began posting and I just thought the other posters were being nice to him because he was, in fact, a published author. I also figured he had an ulterior motive in posting there and just wante
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.
Versel Rush
One of those books where the bad guys wear black hats and the good guys wear gray ones.

"No Mercy" is a thriller that isn't for everyone. 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.

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
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.
Laura Roberts
I'm reading this book on my iPod, using the Kindle For iPod app, so it's rather slow going, despite being a page-turner. Having such a tiny screen, plus my reading on the iPod only occasionally (like when I'm done with my workout and waiting the 5 to 10 minutes for my husband to finish up before we hop in the car), means that while I'm enjoying the book, it may take a long time before I finish it up.

So I thought I'd let you know right now that I'm enjoying it, although Gilstrap should watch his
Mike Tueros
Awful...simply awful. I will not turn another page after suffering through the first few hundred. In my life, I have put down maybe one to two books, choosing to muddle through rough story lines, plots with huge holes, or terribly written characters, but I cannot and will not spend one more minute with this book - I surrender...please John Gilstrap, give ME mercy! The lead character is Jonathan Graves, ex-military, type A, blah, blah, blah - don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of this type of genre (V ...more
Carl Brush
Well, I said in my last entry that I needed some candy reading, and boy did I find it. Absolutely perfect airplane books,which is mostly where I read both.

John Gilstrap has created a nicely noir protagonist named Jonathan Grave. Except he’s not really “Grave” (there are a number of appropriate echoes to that name), but “Gravenow.” He shortened it because his nearest kin is a famous “guest of the state” after a lucrative career in corruption. Before he got sent up, said kin transferred virtually
ehhh...while starting out promising, the main character sloowly got a little more dumber and the plot more unconvincing until really, I just kept turning pages to make sure I got to the end, and not because I was in love with the story or the characters. The hint of romance at the end was definitely forced, which is a shame since there was enough conflict involved in the 2 people's positions to make for a very interesting back-and-forth, but alas, the potential was wasted. But I can't say this w ...more
David Rubin
This is the first book of the series featuring Jonathan Grave, a former Army master sergeant, now president and owner of a corporation hired out to do "special projects". He uses all the latest technology and weapons and these are the real stars of the book.

Once more we have an all-good hero, who flouts the law when wants to take a direct route to solve problems, rather than the strictly-legal process. The scrapes he and his colleagues get into threaten their lives and limbs; some survive and so
Dee Haddrill
I'm glad I've only just found this amazing author, as it means I have more books of his still to read. The first in a series, the main protagonist is Jonathan Grave, a hostage rescue specialist who isn't afraid to do whatever it takes to complete his mission. Excellent story, great characters, fast paced action that makes you eager to turn the pages as quickly as possible. Can't wait to read the next one!
Gilstrap sets the pace for this one right out of the gate and that pace is pedal to the metal all the way. Jonathan Grave is going to be a great character to watch in upcoming episodes of this series. Seems he runs a special type of business related to hostage rescue with his friend who goes by the name of Boxers. I also gathered that as a former Delta operator he has some special contacts that assist him in his endeavors. With deep pockets from some inheritance for funding this guy is set up to ...more
This is the first book by John Gilstrap I have read.
I was hooked by the first chapter. This is a action packed book from start to finish.

When an Indiana college student is kidnapped Jonathan Grave is called in. When Jonathan"s plan for covert rescue explodes into a deadly shooting spree the authorities are out for blood, Someone wants to control a deadly secret and that someone is willing to capture, torture and kill anyone who gets in the way. Jonathan, Venice, Boxer and Dom all people you wan
Jory Strong
These are like crack for me. Very addicting! Have downloaded the third in the series.
Darcia Helle
Jonathan Grave is hired to rescue a kidnap victim. As he does his job, he steps into a world of unforeseen trouble. The plot is fast-paced, with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. The characters are unique and make you care about what happens in their lives. There are lots of bloody scenes and at times Gilstrap might be stretching believability just a little. However, such is the nature of fiction. By mid-story I was so hooked that I stayed up half the night to finish.
Katherine Clark
I have really been in a thriller mood lately, and so now I am going to state the obvious: a thriller can be many things, but it should never be boring. This book was boring. In addition, while it was the first in the series, it constantly referred to past events in such a way as to make me constantly question if I should have read the previous book. Not because I was interested, and not in a way that led me to feel the characters were enriched with interesting backgrounds, but more in a frustrat ...more
Mark Rosenau
An excellent read! The main character, Jonathan Graves reminds me of Jack Reacher. Looking forward to the rest of the series!
This suspense thriller had me completely engrossed and sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book!
Started out great, got a bit tedious and ended ok
3.5 Stars

No Mercy was money well spent. Actually, I got it on sale for $0.99. Dang I hate starting yet another series but it's a good one!

What I liked: For a first in a series, I was pretty impressed. This is my first book by Mr Gilstrap and of course, it won't be my last. (Actually, I've already read the next in the series, Hostage Zero). The pacing and plotting of No Mercy is excellent. The beginning drew me right in and set the tone for the whole book.

I enjoyed the characters very much, espec
No names. No feds. No trace evidence. That’s how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done—especially in highly sensitive hostage situations. But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan’s meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood—and they’re not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret… someone rich and powerful… someone willing to captu ...more
Bill Glose
Gilstrap’s first four novels featured ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. This time, the circumstances are still extraordinary but so is the protagonist, former Delta Force operator Jonathan Graves, who now uses his military skills as a freelance hostage rescuer.

If your loved one has been kidnapped, Graves is the guy you call. Police are constrained by laws; Graves is not, as he explains at one point in the book to a frantic public citizen (PC) whom he just rescued: “‘I wo
Jonathan Grave is former military, a special ops kind of guy, now private investigator who does confidential jobs that require his extraordinary skills. This book starts out with Grave rescuing a kidnapping victim. There is background to this kidnapping that leads to the plot of the rest of the novel. Grave has a very interesting back-story that fills in the details of who and what he is. Grave is supported by 3 key characters of vastly different backgrounds, one of which is a Catholic priest, a ...more
Hali Sowle
Jonathan "digger" Graves is one of the good guys, but he isn't part of the military, anymore, or the FBI or the police. He's a "security specialist" and he specializes in retrieving kidnapped people. His list of friends is legion, from government and military officials to FBI and local police.

The book starts with a hostage rescue that from the beginning does not go as planned, the kidnappers are killed and although the young college student is rescued he seems bewildered that his parents would
Law Office Account
A pleasant surprise

This is the first book I've read of this series, another of the commando/assassin/special forces genre, ala Vince Flynn/Mitch Rapp and Marc Cameron/Jericho Quinn, and while this book follows pretty same formula, it's different enough to distinguish it nicely. Well written with believable and likeable characters, it's a series I will continue to read.
Shelley Goltara
This is the second book by Gilstrap that I have read and I was not disappointed. It is the first book in his Jonathan Grave series. It is an extreme thriller that starts with a kidnapping and ends up with an all out gun battle & blood bath to retrieve a stolen batch of smallpox virus engineered by the US in a covert germ warfare program.
Jim A
While this is presented as the beginning of the Jonathan Graves series, at times during the read I had the feeling I was coming in during the middle of the movie. I'm guessing that some of the characters have been in other Gilstrap novels.

Overall it's a pretty good read. It hits the ground running with Graves (Digger) executing a hostage recovery of a college student who has been abducted. The story moves along as bio weapon theft come into play as well as a 'connect the dots' type sheriff from
Stacie Clark
Typical John Gilstrap. Action packed -- familiar characters, good story line. Not always believable, and sometimes the writing is a little weak, but it's a comfortable story usually with a great ending. This one is easy to make a mental movie for as you read -- very enjoyable. I love the writings of John Gilstrap and snatch up every new release eagerly!
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