Mason Cross is trying to create a 'hero' to compete with Jack Reacher. A man, Carter Blake, with a mysterious past who finds people who don't want to be found. When a convicted serial killer, a trained Marine Force sniper, escapes from custody in transit to be executed the FBI need his specialist skills. Tasked to assist the manhunt he is soon pursuing his own search to find the man he could have 'put down' in Desert Storm. While all the elements of a Reacher novel are in place depth of character is not quite there. A gripping story which keeps you engrossed but the characters do not seem fully real. A great effort, but a follow up must expand on Carter Blake.