Book Review – “Right Red Hand” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Chris Holm (http://chrisfholm.blogspot.com). Mr. Holm has published five novels. This is the second novel in his “Michael Hendricks” series.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the contemporary US. The primary characters are Michael Hendrick and Charlie Thompson.
Hendricks is wanted for the murder of several. He is a former special warfare operative now using his special skills to protect those he selects and who can pay, from hitmen. He has been very successful at this and is sought both by law enforcement and the mob.
Thompson is a young FBI agent working in the organized crime area. She crossed paths with Hendricks a few years earlier and he saved her life. Now she is torn between following a lead and being honest with her boss and fiancé.
Chaos ensues when terrorists attack the Golden Gate bridge. Cell phone video captures the face of a man thought dead. The mob, after seeing his face, takes action to put him in a grave permanently. Thompson wants to go after him, but the terrorist attack is diverting all law enforcement resources. She reaches out to Hendricks to try and save him.
The story has a lot of entanglements between Thompson and Hendricks, though there is no Romance angle. Thompson does what she can to help Hendricks and finds herself in professional trouble. Hendricks finds unwanted assistance from a young woman, Cameron, he met as a child a few years earlier, and who has thrust herself into his life. Now these three must fight the system and the mob to survive.
I liked this 352 page Thriller. It provided an enjoyable 5.5 hours of Mystery. I read a short story (“The Approach”) from this series earlier and thought it was pretty good. I liked all of the characters in the story and the author kept the pace fast. I also enjoyed the twists of plot in the story. The cover art is relevant, but not to the core plot of the story. I will look for further publications in this series. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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