Apr. 17, 2017

Volume one in the thrilling adventures of Carter Blake!

The Killing Season by Mason Cross

When a van transferring prisoners to d Carter Blake!eath row is attacked, serial killer Caleb Wardell is the sole survivor. Wardell is notorious as “The Chicago Sniper.” Before being sentenced to death, Wardell was directly responsible for nineteen murders. Some papers dubbed him “The OSOK Killer,” short for “One Shot, One Kill.”

“The first thing you should know about me is that my name is not Carter Blake.” With those words the reader is introduced to a man who has no past. Now calling himself Carter Blake, this unnamed person has been an operative for the government in Iraq, Afghanistan , and other hotspots around the world.

Now he works as a private agent with the motto, “I find people who don’t want to be found.” He has been contacted by the FBI as a consultant and free agent to insure that Wardell is captured with minimal loss of life.

He has been assigned to work with FBI agents SA Elaine Banner and SA Steve Castle. He soon finds that the FBI doesn’t seem to be keen to follow his suggestions. Carter Blake has to prove to his FBI handlers that he knows what he is doing before the body count gets too high…

Carter Blake is an operative very much in the vein of Jason Bourne. He is a former government spook now passing under a false name. There is a hint in this book that the agency he worked for may want him silenced before he lets something slip—never stated exactly what—inconvenient for the government…

The pace is fast and the action raw and bloody. Wardell is a man hard to figure out. Does he have a plan, or is he simply killing at random? And why was he in a transfer van that only had two Marshalls for security? It is a race to capture or kill a serial killer who could turn up anywhere at any time…

I give the book five stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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