No Going Back marks Joe Hunter's seventh adventure - and incidentally my sixth read of the series (not quite sure how I've missed one out but I have somewhere along the line!) - and I have come to depend on one thing, actually strike that, two things - Joe Hunter the action man and an amazing pace - they both go hand in hand. I remember reading Cut and Run way back in August 2010 and recall being blown away by a frenetic pace and found myself immediately comparing Joe Hunter to Lee Child's Jack Reacher, I've never looked back and Hilton is now one of my favourite authors. The characters are of course very different even though they both have similar goals, to right injustice and hurt a few bad guys along the way - there's nothing more satisfying than watching a few villains taken down a peg or two Hunter - or Reacher - style.
In his latest book Hilton continues to impress with another very very quick read. These books are almost impossible to put down and if you're anything like me you'll find yourself thinking just one more chapter before bed and before you know it, and half a book later, you've almost finished the damn thing! Matt Hilton writes in a no-nonsense style with a narrative that just sucks you in to the story and gives you a vested interest in what happens not only to Hunter but the various characters caught up in his travels. Hilton's novels have a certain warmth, a dependability about them, something you can rely on, and one thing is assured - a thoroughly entertaining journey of escapism awaits.
Like many action novels you have to suspend belief and reality somewhat, you don't question how one man can do one thing, survive another and against all odds come out the other end still fighting his way to victory or in some cases defeat. Let's face it, you pick up action books to escape and allow the mind to think that anything is possible, that's part of the attraction - for me at least - I want the bullets to fly, the fists to connect with sinew and the hero to right the wrongs - even if he does get hurt along the way. I don't want the perfect action hero; I want him - or her - to have baggage and to be fallible and not always come out on top. This is what you get with Hunter. He talks to the man in the street; he's one of us but with a gun and an attitude to match. One thing is certain, you want Joe Hunter on your side, you certainly don't want to make an enemy of him!
A large part of the story takes place on a remote farm owned by the Logan family, a land and region that holds many disturbing secrets and it's up to Hunter to find them. Incredibly atmospheric in parts I found myself in the thick of the action, crawling along the dusty landscape trying to avoid capture, I felt every bump in the road, every punch thrown, great escapism.
Although part of an established series each novel can be read out of sequence as references to past battles and enemies are included in every novel but it would undoubtedly help give you a better insight into Hunter's character and backstory should you read the series from the beginning with Dead Men's Dust