In "The Shop," the first Cyril Landry novel, Landry was presumed dead after a firefight off the coast of Florida. He escaped, however, and is alive, bIn "The Shop," the first Cyril Landry novel, Landry was presumed dead after a firefight off the coast of Florida. He escaped, however, and is alive, but living off the grid and off the radar.
It's been three years, but the only person who knows he is alive is his brother. He works as a hand on a horse ranch, and keeps watch over his wife and teenage daughter, leaving the ranch every afternoon to drive to his daughter's high school so he can catch a glimpse of her. One day, as he is gritting his teeth watching her make out with her boyfriend, a gunman enters the school parking lot and starts shooting kids.
Landry, a trained sniper, takes out the gunman, but not before he has killed eight teens, including his daughter's boyfriend, who protected her with his body or she would have been a casualty as well.
Landry is the quintessential damaged hero, a soldier who finds it hard to express himself, who loves deeply, and who hopes to get back together with his wife even though she has moved on and is living with another man, an accountant of all things!
I enjoyed this book very much. The action and tension were non-stop.
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This is the second novel in a series after "Good as Gone," which introduced former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk. After the abduction of his daughter and thThis is the second novel in a series after "Good as Gone," which introduced former U.S. Marshal Simon Fisk. After the abduction of his daughter and the death by suicide of his wife, Fisk quit the U.S. Marshals to become a private contractor, working to recover children who have been abducted by a parent. He prefers not to take on "stranger abductions" because they hit too close to home. However, h also can't help seeing every kidnapping case through the eyes of his own past, and ends up taking cases that he would prefer not to work.
In this novel, the daughter of a movie studio mogul is taken from her home in a violent home invasion and Fisk is hired to recover her. The trail leads to the Cayman Islands and from their to Central and South America. I liked this book, although I didn't enjoy it quite as much as I enjoyed Good as Gone. There was quite a bit of violence, and one torture scene which I skimmed over; a lot of the book was set in South American cities, with a lot of history that I wasn't really interested in. But all in all, a great installment in this series, and very well written.
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Nathan is a middle-aged man, somewhat set in his ways even though he is married. He and his wife sleep in separate rooms, and they don't seem to haveNathan is a middle-aged man, somewhat set in his ways even though he is married. He and his wife sleep in separate rooms, and they don't seem to have much to do with each other. In one of the first scenes in the book, Nathan has gotten up before dawn to go duck hunting, and he is disappointed that she hasn't set up the coffee for him, even though it has been years since she has done that for him.
On this hunting trip, his dog won't come when he calls her, and that is so unusual that he goes looking to see why she hasn't come. She has found a tiny baby beneath a pile of leaves, and to Nathan's surprise, the baby is alive. He rushes the baby to the hospital, and against all odds, the baby survives.
Nathan tells the doctor at the hospital that he wants to adopt the baby, but it turns out that the baby has a grandmother, the mother of the girl who abandoned him. Nathan accepts that he has no rights to the baby, but he makes the grandmother promise that someday, when she deems the time appropriate, she will tell the baby about him.
The boy -- named Nathan, but going by Nat -- is always in trouble, and his grandmother finally has enough when he is in his mid teens, and drops him off on Nathan's doorstep, telling Nathan that now he can have his chance at raising the boy. And Nathan does, and tells him that no matter what, he won't abandon him.
This book reminded me of Anne Tyler. It's a book about ordinary people, and how they get through their lives with meaning, and what they mean to one another. Really a wonderful book, one of the best I've read lately....more