>> Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Hostage Zero by John Gilstrap
Series: #2 in the Jonathan Grave series
Publication Date: 2010
The Short Version:
Hostage rescue specialist Jonathan Grave and his team are back only this time it’s personal.
Why I Read It:
I’ve been a fan of John Gilstrap ever since I read his first book (Nathan’s Run). Last year I read the first of his Jonathan Grave books (No Mercy) and purchased this second book even before I finished the first.
Jonathan Grave doesn’t work for the income because he doesn’t need it. In fact he works to help rescue hostages partly because of the fact that his father was a corrupt businessman who finagled a way to leave his money to Jonathan before he was sent to prison. Wanting to distance himself from that money Jonathan used it to fund a foundation and boarding school called Resurrection House for children whose parents are incarcerated.
In this edition of the series two boys are kidnapped from Resurrection House. Jonathan and his hostage rescue team have more personal incentive and no payment on the line this time around. One of the boys is left for dead but found and saved by a homeless veteran. The other boy is still missing.
The Security Solutions team consists of Jonathan, his longtime friend called Boxers who provides more muscle, demolitions expertise and piloting skills than words, and back in the home office a computer expert named Venice but nicknamed “Mother” by Jonathan. As they investigate the kidnapping and follow the maze of leads they discover that they have a valuable asset in the homeless man and a case that’s going to get extremely complicated and dangerous before it’s over. Will they find the missing boy in time and see that the perpetrators of this crime are brought to justice?
I enjoy the recurring characters in this series. The banter between the members of the team provides the expected occasional humor and sarcasm but it’s not overdone or forced the way it can sometimes be in series like this. It’s there but it doesn’t interrupt the flow or the tension as the suspense builds.
The case takes many interesting and dangerous turns along the way. There are some storylines that initially seem disconnected but it all begins to converge. The reasons behind the kidnapping gradually become clear. There is plenty of action and yes stuff gets blown up (rather spectacularly I might add). Legalities are really more of guideline actually.
If you enjoyed Preston and Child’s Gideon’s Sword, I heartily encourage you to give this series a try. Jonathan Grave and his team are fun and interesting and the stories are exciting and suspenseful. I've already got the third book in this series waiting to be read.