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Revenge is a meal best served cold and delivered by Pike
on 31 March 2011
This is the old style revenge thriller with Joe Pike as the main protagonist.
One of Joe Pike's old ex-army colleagues, who became a mercenary and worked under Pike, is a guy called Frank Meyer.
Frank decided to opt out of this kind of life and got married to Cindy, had two beautiful kids and severed all links with his past.
However Frank and his family (plus live-in Nanny) are victims of a brutal and terminal assault at their home in what appears to be a home invasion robbery.
This fits into a series of these kind of attacks and the previous victims are known to be criminals who had cash, drugs, or weapons in the house.
At face value it seems that Frank has returned to bad old ways and become involved with an Eastern European crime lord, who amongst the list of his criminal ways includes importing and selling guns as part of his portfolio of skills!
The story centres on the strength of the friendship and "band of brothers" realtionship Pike has with his men and the code of loyalty they strictly adhere to.
Pike is a great character, albeit a bit one dimensional, but so are characters like Harry Bosch (Michael Connelly) and Lee Child's Jack Reacher.
In some ways there's nothing with that and these types of characters have made billionaires for these authors, so this genre works!
So as revenge stories go, allied to the close code of friendship "ethics" that binds Pike to seek and destroy the perpetrators of ths crime, it's not bad.
It certainly kept me page turning and I read it in double quick time.
In summary it's very good but not great but for a holiday or quick read it serves its purpose well.
For those that like Elvis Cole he does put in a shift (a bit like in The Watchman) so you can feast on some of his droll humour when he's around!