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No Mercy (Jonathan Grave #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  3,519 Ratings  ·  260 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 wants ig
Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Pinnacle
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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
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
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)
Oct 01, 2009 rated it really liked it

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
Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Freda Malone
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Much like the series of Mitch Rapp, Bob Lee Swagger and Pike Logan, I enjoy these rush 'em, slay 'em, shoot 'em, and blow 'em up reads. Heroes with a reputation breaking the rules and getting away with it by 'justifiable homicide'. Jonathan Grave is no different. However, he has his own past to contend with. I liked the Sheriff, Gail Bonneville, who tears at your morals in every which way the rules are written, and finally joins ranks with Jonathan. I noticed a slightly different writing style t ...more
Versel Rush
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 14, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Very exciting action.
Mike Tueros
Jan 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
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
Sam Carter
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent fast paced thriller
J.D. Webb
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mine
Could not put it down. Captivating read.
Josh McClellan
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Fast paced with really intense and engaging battle scenes. A little heavy on the moral justification element (seemed like there were a lot of those conversations), but I did think his best friend being a priest was an interesting addition to the cast of characters. More pure thriller than anything, but enough twists to keep you on your toes. Really readable style, not bogged down by overly lengthy descriptions or psychologized characters. A series I will read all of. As a side note, probably the ...more
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Great first book in a series that I can't wait to read more of. Non-stop action and intrigue, and characters that I can definitely root for.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
You know its a good book when stay up to late reading it. I found it a little far fetched at times but I enjoyed it overall. Think you all know Jonathan survives since there more book in the series. How he survives you need to read it.

Another good book i found on the local library tablet.
Carl R.
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
Rob Smith
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Never realized reading 'No Mercy' that it would be read during some of toughest years of my life as my father died rather suddenly. Events like that would usually cloud a book being read. I can not tell you anything of books I read during far worse times in my life. Despite such tragic times in my life, I was able to take in this book and pick up where I had been as intrigued as I was when I put it down to deal with various hospital, family and funeral home issue. To that I have to write this bo ...more
Sep 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: actionthriller
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
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
#1 in the Jonathan Grave series. Finalist 2010 Thriller Award for Best Paperback. Grave is a wealthy P.I. with his own high tech firm of experts and his specialty is hostage recovery. This series debut hits a home run. It is so great to read a really enjoyable book and realize that this new (to me) author has a sizeable backlist. At this time, there are 4 stand-alone preceding this thriller and 7 series entries following it. Good reading ahead. Plot driven at a breakneck pace.

Jonathan Grave seri
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action
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
David Rubin
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna Hatridge
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Dee Haddrill
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid crime thriller

I picked this up on bookbub for a steal. It is well written, suspenseful, and had good character development. Only four star because I felt like it was dragging a bit towards the end.
Aug 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Started out great, got a bit tedious and ended ok
Mark Rosenau
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read! The main character, Jonathan Graves reminds me of Jack Reacher. Looking forward to the rest of the series!
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This suspense thriller had me completely engrossed and sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the whole book!
Jory Strong
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These are like crack for me. Very addicting! Have downloaded the third in the series.
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