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Blood Hunt by Ian Rankin
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CONTAINS SPOILERS.

Nowhere does my library book copy show the name Jack Harvey, so I have no idea why Goodreads generates 2 author names when one searches for the "Blood Hunt" title.

That aside, this was an engrossing stand-alone title that has nothing to do w. grizzled Glasgow police detective John Rebus.

This novel revolves around a former SAS soldier Gordon Reeve, who was running his own for-profit survivalist-type training camp on South Uist, off Scotland, until the suspicious death of his journalist brother while visiting the United States.

Gordon Reeve has to apply all his survival know-how and derring-do to identify the death as a murder, and then track down the killers.

There's a strange coherence to Gordon's past life in the SAS, and his present life as his brother's avenger. The common link takes the form of a guy who'd been Gordon's partner on a dangerous SAS mission (the guy endangered Gordon to ensure his own flight to safety) and is now a mercenary deeply involved in the brother's murder.

Gordon needs to locate his dead brother's research-reporting and bring it to public light (a nasty conspiracy to hide the science which demonstrates serious consumer health risks created by agribusiness).

But first, Gordon has to kill a whole squad of guys - led by his arch enemy, the mercenary. Gordon does so in a climactic scenario that's a real-life equivalent to the survivalist adventures he concocts for clients who take his private survival course.
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