When Matt Knight left his career as a spay to marry the woman of his dreams, he thought he was in for a life of domestic bliss. But after adopting a baby girl and her teenage brother from China, he finds that being a father comes with its own set of challenges—problems for which his work as an antiterrorism agent did nothing to prepare him. Or so he thought. When a Scout campout with his teenage son takes a terrifying turn, Matt realizes his past and present have just collided, with devastating consequences.
Deep in the rugged mountains of Utah, a band of mercenaries lies in wait. The target: Matt Knight. Their orders come from a dangerous enemy from the former agent's past, one who is bent on destroying everything Matt holds dear. While struggling to protect his son and the other Scouts, Matt is horrified to learn the full extent of the plan: his wife and baby have been taken too. Now the agent-turned-family-man must draw on his years of combat training in an explosive battle to save those he loves—or die trying.
I read the first book, Undercover Saint, and really enjoyed it, so I was excited to see what this author could come up with next. I didn't realize that this story is about some of the characters from Book 1; it can stand alone, although it is handy to know the backstory.
This story really hit home for me in some ways. Matt and his wife, Hope, have adopted a brother and sister from an orphanage in China and after a couple of years, they're still trying to adjust to their teenage son, Peng, and his wandering ways. A scout camp in the mountains turns out to be more than they bargained for and this danger brings this unlikely group of scouts and leaders together in unimaginable ways. My husband is a scoutmaster and has four boys in his group. They just returned from a trip to this same area a few weeks ago. After sitting on the edge of my seat through this whole book, I told him that he's not allowed to go camping there with the boys anymore. But wait...my husband doesn't have a past like Matt does. Matt is a former anti-terrorist agent and someone is out to get him. It felt so real...
There are a few angles that this story follows, as characters are in different places. Each side of the story is brilliantly well done. The tension, suspense, and teamwork brought surprising twists to the story. Things happened that completely took me by surprise and I wasn't expecting the culmination of events. I love a book that can take normal, everyday people and thrust them into situations that are realistic, yet not the kind that you really want to have happen. These characters are resourceful, yet ordinary, and have so much dimension to them. I wasn't expecting so much growth and so many bonds to develop. This is a great read for those who enjoy action suspense thrillers without all the gore.
Content: some violence (there are deaths, shootings, kidnappings, peril, but nothing is graphic); mild innuendo and vague talk of sexual abuse/human trafficking. Clean.
*I received a copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
What a fantastic story. I was hooked from the first page and had a hard time putting it down. The tension and suspense kept me on the edge the entire time. Everything from the adoption to the campout to the explosive battle at the end was extremely well done. Each character had a very unique, believable personality that planned an important role in the story. This is an exciting read that any and everyone would love, especially those suspense, adrenaline junkies, thriller people out there. I will definitely be finding his other book.
This book caught my attention from the very beginning. I love the way that the author writes. There were several parts that caused me to laugh out loud, I loved the way that humor was included in this type of book, it's especially helpful in a tense scene.
I liked Matt, he's an ex-antiterrorism agent, doing his best with his family. He's got an amazing wife, Hope, who always knows just what should be done. He's got a 15 year-old adopted son, Peng, who is an escape artist and that Matt really doesn't understand. And then there's sweet 2 year-old Jin. He's the adviser in the teacher's quorum, to a group of 4 boys including Peng. Matt has a unique sense of humor and he uses humor to get himself through sticky situations.
Peng was great too. I loved the way he was always watching out for Jin and his best friend, Shi Shi. I liked the way he wanted to get away from everyone because he felt like he was not good for anyone around him, but instead of running away he stayed to keep all of his promises to his birth mother and also to his adopted mother.
I also loved the man that Matt worked with in the teacher's quorum, Ron, he is a great guy and he always tries to get those boys to grow in anyway that he can. I loved how he was able to trick the bad guys.
The plot of this book is full of action, adventure, and subterfuge. Holy cow! I loved the way that there was action after action and I had no idea just what was going to come next. I loved the way that the villain in this book new pretty much everything about the hero and he was able to goad him just a little bit.
Make sure to grab your own copy of this great book!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.