Great Britain had been occupying Palestine after World War II, and issued quotas allowing only 75,000 Jews to immigrate to Palestine over five years.Great Britain had been occupying Palestine after World War II, and issued quotas allowing only 75,000 Jews to immigrate to Palestine over five years. Brand is a Latvian illegal refugee who survived both German and Russian concentration camps because he had good mechanical skills. In the mid 1940s he shipped off to Jerusalem where the Haganah underground gave him a new identity, and an occupation of a taxi driver.
Brand had lost everything--his beloved wife, his family, and his identity. He feels survivor's guilt, and has painful memories of the atrocities he has witnessed. He's falling in love with another survivor who is also a member of the resistance--a former actress who now works as a prostitute.
The Haganah carries out attacks on British property to protest the British blockade of Jewish refugee ships and British immigration restrictions. But things become more violent and lives are lost when the Haganah joins with the Irgun. Brand is carrying out missions planned by their leaders, transporting explosives and other resistance workers in his taxi. He's a good man who is becoming increasingly uncomfortable as the violence escalates. The underground fight, which started with good intentions, now possesses moral ambiguities. As Brand witnesses the carnage from a terribly violent attack, he wonders who he is becoming and what kind of a man he wants to be.
Brand is a wonderful conflicted character who has experienced too much tragedy in his life. This thriller is based partly on actual historical events, mainly in 1946 Palestine. The author showed the complexity of the political situation while creating an exciting work of fiction....more
Ex-Marine Peter Ash had to search buildings full of danger during his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, the war veteran cannot stay indoors withoutEx-Marine Peter Ash had to search buildings full of danger during his tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, the war veteran cannot stay indoors without feeling a "white static", a feeling of panic and claustrophobia. When he hears that his war buddy, Jimmy, has committed suicide, he leaves the great outdoors to come help his widow, Dinah. While doing repairs on Dinah's house, he finds Mingus, a large, mean, snarling, smelly dog, under her porch as well as a suitcase of money. He sees that an armed man is watching Dinah's house, and tries to unearth the story behind the money and Jimmy's death. The suitcase full of cash is only the tip of the iceberg in a sinister plot.
This is a riveting, fast-paced thriller with a complex main character. Peter Ash has the skills of an accomplished Marine, someone you would want on your side in a fight. He also has a big heart and a sense of honor. His sidekick Mingus is unforgettable! Nicholas Petrie has created some engaging characters, and writes snappy dialogue well. His incorporation of several characters with PTSD added a lot to the book. I liked this book so much that I'll be sure to look for his next Peter Ash thriller, Burning Bright, which will be published in January 2017.
Thanks to First Reads, Penguin Random House, and Putnam for a copy of the book for the purpose of providing an honest review....more
It was a parent's worst nightmare. The Courtland family was vacationing in the Colorado Rockies when their 18-year-old daughter Caitlin went out on aIt was a parent's worst nightmare. The Courtland family was vacationing in the Colorado Rockies when their 18-year-old daughter Caitlin went out on a morning run. Her younger brother, following her on his bike, was hit by a car and Caitlin was abducted.
We next see the heartbroken family one year later, their lives shattered since Caitlin disappeared. The father is drinking too much. The mother, who was already emotionally fragile, has fallen apart. The brother, mending from the accident, suffers from survivor's guilt. The story is told from the perspectives of all the family members.
The setting in the Rockies is gorgeous, but very dangerous with so many places where someone can disappear. The cover of "Descent" describes it as a "literary thriller" since it is written beautifully. The first part of the book tends to be more character-driven. Then the plot quickens in the second half to a "can't put the book down" ending....more