Sometimes the blurb on books gets carried away with itself and I'm always now suspicious of glowing tributes by other authors: the publishers are hardly likely to advertise a bad one, are they? So when Lee Child states this book is outstanding in every way, a large pinch of salt is needed - and justifiably so.
The book is a good read but it hardly breaks new ground and the intrepid hero is something of a can he can't he do it sort of man. You're never quite sure where the author is leading you with Nick Horrigan. He has a secret and doesn't know it or is it a case of there's no secret at all?
Still, we have the Secret Service, other secret cadres and an upcoming Presidential election all conspiring to entwine Nick into a murderous game of consequences. That the intial event took place seventeen years before only serves to confuse the reader as to who exactly is on who's side? Well, it does come around eventually and in the telling thereof, this is a credible thriller.
Though the detail is not necessarily apparent, the actual outcome is a no-brainer, so any added thrill is diminshed halfway through the book. When something/somebody is too good to be true, they/it usually are.
There are credibility gaps in all this but then, this is fiction. Just why and how a wily, experienced Agent allows himself to be outmanouvred by Nick is unclear, why top of the tree politicians take Nick's words at face value and why just about everybody opens up to him when hardly pressed at all is a mystery. So, yes, a good read all-in-all but there are many other books around currently which provide that extra star in the ratings.