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Published by Robert Hale, 30 April 2013. ISBN: 978-0-7198-0870-8
This is the story of
five ex-mercenaries who turn up in a Texan town and, as expected cause a bit of
a stir.They are trying to help one of
their own, who owns a ranch which is being attacked by locals and hired
thugs.The first thing to find out is
why, is it just plain prejudice or is there something more behind it?One thing that they do know is that the
mastermind behind the attacks is a professional killer and he is good, but is
he better than they are?
The mercenary team, led by their leader, Johnny Silver, meet
the challenge. Facing biker gangs and hippies, along with a racist senator they
have to match the thinking and strategy of the assassin, as well as dealing
with the reality that they are no longer as young or as fit as they were.
This is not the kind of book I would normally have picked
up, as it is more of an adventure mystery than a straightforward crime
thriller.However, the narrative is
plotted nicely and speeds the reader through a good story with some interesting
characters and more depth than is usual for this style of tale.The characters are engaging and the fast pace
makes you want to keep going to see what happens.Enjoyable reading.
Reviewer: Amanda Brown
Paul Bennett was born in London and got a scholarship to attend
Alleyns School in Dulwich. He graduated from Exeter University with a degree in
Economics and went into marketing. After seven years working for an advertising
agency, he set up a market research agency. Five years later, its turnover had
grown to £3m and he sold it to a communications group. He had to work a
five-year contract as part of the sale deal and then, when that was over, he
semi retired to devote more time to writing.
first four books (the Shannon series) focus on frauds which Nick Shannon
uncovers. His next book, Catalyst, is a thriller based on the
machinations of the petrochemicals industry. His current series (Mercenary
and Killer in Black) are thrillers and feature a group of aging
mercenaries who get together for one final job (and then another etc.). Paul is
working on the third of that series at the moment.
his spare time, Paul is a keen bridge player and has achieved the rank of
Premier Master. Paul also works as a ‘script doctor’, reading and reporting on
novels by unpublished authors. He lives in rural Essex with his wife and