After narrowly escaping Indonesia with their lives, Jack Bradshaw and Danny Pace have arrived in Africa. Their task: locate and rescue a deep-cover CIA operative in possession of critical information about Russian influence in the Central African Republic.
Working hand-in-hand with a convict-turned-Foreign Legionnaire and a disgraced US Army helicopter pilot, Bradshaw and Pace fire their opening salvo in their shadow campaign against the Russians.
Amidst the tested convictions, heinous atrocities, and shifting alliances of the Central African Republic's blood-drenched civil war, a specter will rear their menacing head...
With this third addition, Hildreth's Forsaken Patriots series is really in full swing now. The first novel centered around domestic political conspiracies and terrorism. The second was a vigilante story. Vermilion Boiling is a war novel, with authentic, visceral, and very violent combat scenes. The climactic battle is particularly tense and the best the author has done so far.
jack Bradshaw returns and is sent to the Central African Republic on his first mission as an unofficial CIA operative and a man without a country. He is to link up with indigenous rebels and find a missing CIA asset. Meanwhile, Russian spies and mercenaries are advising the repressive African government as it wages a brutal counterinsurgency campaign. Both Bradshaw and Kazimir Merkulov, his Russian nemesis are dismayed by the depravity and atrocities committed by the respective allies they're forced to work with.
Unlike many action series protagonists, Bradshaw is not a seasoned covert operator. As this book opens, he is still learning tradecraft, and he's perhaps a bit too noble for the morally ambiguous and dirty world of espionage as Hildreth portrays it. On the other hand, Danny Pace is the more typical genre hero, but here he is a supporting character to the younger and novice Bradshaw. Also introduced are Macloeod and Mia, two colorful, roguish mercenaries who are new additions to Bradshaw's team.
Merkulov is a formidable antagonist, and the author's portrayal of his Russian characters feels real and authentic. They are devious and dangerous enemies, but not without human qualities and understandable motivations. Hildreth also brings to life the little known but ongoing conflict in the impoverished Central African Republic.
Fans of old school action series like the Executioner will enjoy the various subtle references and word choices that Hildreth weaves into his prose. This is very much in the same vein as those old series, but with the style and topicality of modern thrillers.
There is a great deal to enjoy here, and the ending teases at things to come as the series progresses, with Bradshaw now reappearing on the radar of the Russians and their allies in Washington.
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Another great book from Hildreth. I wish we had more authors who harken back to the military action/thrillers of years past. But don’t let that fool you, I thought this was the best of his works (and they are all very good reads). For those of you still not convinced, I read Thor, Clancy, Greany, Flynn, etc. and I find this author to be right up there with those gentlemen, with one caveat - these books have more of the good stuff!!
Escaped from Indonesia, Jack Bradhsaw and Danny Pace travel to Africa to help extracting an undercover agent from Central Africa. Teaming up with two mercenaries they stumble upon old enemies. Lots of violent encounters follow and the reader is glued to the pages. I'm looking forward to Open Contract.
Jack Bradshaw and Danny Pace have a common goal, tick off the Russians. They are deniable assets, but Langley would really like Bradshaw dead. There is a high value asset they need to extract from Central Africa who has valuable information on Russia's illegal diamond mining operation. When they need a weapons guy, Pace calls on Callum MacCloud. To round out the group, the multi-talented Mia Grimaldi. Doesn't seem like they are enough to do the job, and there are some bumpy roads while they get used to each other, but they compliment each other quite well. Just as they are about to extract their asset, the Russians grab him and they do not play nice. By the time the team finds him, he is at the brink of death, but he does tell Pace where to find the information. The action in this one seems limitless as they have both the Africans and the Russians to deal with to get the proof they need. Maybe this is the book where Bradshaw gets to clear his name. Maybe not.