War Hawk by James Rollins, Grant Blackwood
eBook review copy; 384 pages
Tucker Wayne Series #2
War Hawk by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood is a very highly recommended action/adventure thriller.
Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his K-9 partner Kane, a
seventy-pound Belgian Malinois, are vacationing in Montana, traveling
together and trying to relax and mentally recover and heal after their
recent military action. They immediately encounter trouble that
showcases the close bond between man and dog - including Tucker's
fighting abilities and and Kane's ability to follow Tucker's orders and
After that, the two return to their motel. Tucker is startled to see a
former lover and her son hiding in the shadows, waiting for their
return. Tucker was close to Jane Sabatello 6 years ago when she was an
Intelligence Analyst with the 75th Rangers. Currently she is working for
the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency). The problem is she knows that
someone wants her dead. Colleagues of hers have been dying and she knows
she is the next target. She wants Tucker to help her and another former
teammate of theirs, Sandy, who is also a target.
The project Jane and Sandy were working on was classified. Since the two
women were working for different departments/branches, Jane doesn't
know the final result of the project. It appears to be privately funded.
She's asking Tucker to help them and find out what they were working
on, where secrecy is ensured by the death of the team members.
The trail leads from the deep South to other countries. Tucker manages
to recruit a ragtag team of specialists along the way to help him
uncover what is clearly a global conspiracy being instigated by a
megalomaniac madman who is changing the course of modern warfare using
The opening prologue for War Hawk doesn't make sense right away, but it
is nonetheless gripping and firmly establishes that this is going to be a
military based action/adventure thriller. Once the action starts at
the prologue it is basically non-stop to the end. It is also timely with
all the current discussions about the use of drones. I've said it
before, and I'm going to repeat myself here, but I appreciate the fact
that Rollins treats his readers with respect and a nod to their
intelligence and ability to comprehend a complex plot based on current
Tucker Wayne and Kane are great characters with a close bond. Rollins
and Blackwood do a great job developing their characters and
establishing their relationship with each other. I'll have to admit
tearing up and holding my breath over a few Kane scenes. (What a good
boy!) Some of the other characters are not as developed, but it is good
to see some strong female characters working as equals alongside the
This is the second in a series that began with The Kill Switch, which I haven't read, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of War Hawk.
You will have to suspend your disbelief over several scenes, but,
honestly, I expected that would be the case and had no problem doing it.
Perfect stuck-over-night-at-the-airport book.
Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy
of HarperCollins for review