Who does not like an edge of your seat thriller which is jammed packed with unremitting action and adventure? A story which effectively employs suspense and mystery and bundles it all together into an intricate plot. Sound enticing? Well, when you add in espionage and present a falsely accused hero who has all the odds stacked against him… you have a clear winner on your hands. If this sounds like the type of story which would captivate and enthrall you, then Hunting Savage by Dave Edlund is a superb choice!
When an unthinkable act of treason and a clandestine pact threaten to redraw the map of the Middle East, Peter Savage becomes both hunter and prey. “With a hero full of grit and determination, this action-packed, timely tale is required reading for any thriller aficionado.” —Steve Berry, New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of The 14th Colony, a Cotton Malone novel A free-lance hacker uncovers top-secret files about a government cover-up surrounding the 1967 Six-Day War and triggers a murderous rampage at a resort town in Central Oregon. When the files inadvertently land in the possession of Peter Savage, he is targeted by assassins from both sides of the Atlantic and implicated in murders he didn’t commit. As the body count rises and with nowhere to turn, Savage makes a desperate decision: he draws his pursuers to the Cascade Mountains, where he plans to leverage the harsh terrain to his advantage. Doggedly trailed by both law enforcement and a small army of battle-hardened assassins, Savage becomes both hunter and prey. With his own fate uncertain, Peter Savage fights overwhelming odds to reveal the truth before full-scale war engulfs the Middle East.
To provide a decent summary of Hunting Savage without revealing too much of the plot is a delicate balance to be sure. However, the story essentially uses a mysterious historical incident from the past as a catalyst. In 1967, there was a deadly Israeli attack on a U.S. Navy ship by the name of Liberty. The ship and crew were decimated in the attack. Now, many decades later, a hacker has uncovered files about this deadly attack and the true motivations behind it. Whether this incident happened long ago or not, somebody at a very high level does not want this information revealed and will do anything necessary to prevent that from happening. Enter our hero, Peter Savage.
When two murders are committed using weapons manufactured by Peter Savage’s company, he becomes entwined within the mystery. When his own detective work provides him with information about the decades old Liberty incident, Peter becomes a marked man. Targeted by assassins, police, FBI and a Mossad Commando team, Peter retreats to the Cascade Mountains in the Oregon wilderness to make his last stand. Tracked by his ever-mounting enemies, Peter will become hunter and the hunted as he uses his familiarity with the area to his advantage. Will he survive and uncover the truth? Or will he be buried with it?
There can be little doubt that Hunting Savage has top-notch plot development. It is exciting, suspenseful and entirely engrossing. There really does not seem to be any “slow” parts. Also, the author has obviously done his research before writing this book. His knowledge of weapons and the setting in the story is thorough and impressive. The entire story would fall flat without such accurate insight. There are also many political components which contribute to the overall plot as well. These are based upon historical events and provide the required elements of mystery and intrigue which make this story so engaging. Lastly, Dave Edlund understands how to engage the reader by stimulating their emotions. By having Pter accompanied by his dog and trusted companion Diesel, the reader is even further drawn into the tale. The powerful bond between human and dog is explored as the reader chews on their nails and roots for Diesel to survive this deadly experience.
The character development in this story is quite impressive as well. There are a variety of support characters who are sufficiently developed so that we are able to gain an accurate understanding into their various motivations. However, the characters who are developed in the most detail are Peter and Nadya. The growth of both of these characters throughout the story is impressive. While they are shown to have very heroic qualities, their individual flaws are evident as well. They do not come across as stereotypical “heroes” who can do not wrong. They have their individual strengths and needs and as such are very human and identifiable. Traits that will once again pull in the reader.
Overall, this is a “top tier” thriller. It has all the political mystery, action, suspense and adventure that any thriller fan could wish for. It is also intelligently supported by intricate details and perfectly flowing prose. Obviously, due to the nature of the novel there are violent scenes and as such is recommended for an adult audience. However, the recommendation is emphatic and unequivocal!
5 out of 5 Electrifying Stars for this one! *****
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About the Author:
Dave Edlund is the USA Today Bestselling author of the Peter Savage action/political thrillers. Aa graduate of the University of Oregon with a doctoral degree in chemistry, he resides in Bend, Oregon, with his wife, son, and four dogs (Lucy Liu, Diesel, Murphy, and Tenshi). Raised in the California Central Valley, he completed his undergraduate studies at California State University, Sacramento. In addition to authoring several technical articles and books on alternative energy, Edlund is an inventor on 102 U.S. patents. A member of the International Thriller Writers, Hunting Savage is his fourth novel—soon to be followed by Guarding Savage (release date October 30). Follow Dave Edlund on Twitter (@DaveEdlund), Facebook (Peter Savage Novels), or www.PeterSavageNovels.com