September 30 2013
Tom Gray stared at himself in the mirror and wondered where the years had gone. Although his fortieth birthday was a year away, he already had a few flecks of gray peppering the light brown hair on his temples, and the plastic surgery he'd gone through hadn't done anything to make him look younger.
But then, that hadn't been the intention...The more recent sessions spent under the knife had sought to undo what James Farrar had done to him just after the explosion two years earlier.
At least his six-foot-frame remained hard and fit, the result of his daily runs and his wife's cooking. Gray noticed a piece of fluff on his eyebrows and swatted at it, and was shocked to see half the hairs fall into the sink. The bald area above his eye appeared bruised, and as he touched it the skin came off, revealing the bone above his eye socket. He was staring at the lump of flesh between his fingers when the door opened and his son walked in. "Daddy, what's this?"
By Alan McDermott
About the same time, Tom gets word that his training consultants located near Malundi could be caught right in the middle of trouble! In fact, Nafari Cisse. the son of one of the soldiers with whom they are working has been taken! Unfortunately, Nafari is not the first child who has been stolen and taken to a camp to learn how to shoot and kill, all the while being given whoonga to become addicted and not eat much! At the same time they are being brainwashed that there is nobody for them anymore--that there are no parents
But Tom's men also didn't want to leave and just let their new soldiers out on their own...and, of course, the soldiers didn't want to leave while the villagers would be tortured and killed...
So, you know what happened, right? They planned how to get the villagers out as well! And, of course, you know that is easier said than done. They did have a secret weapon in their sentinels. These were automatic weapons that could shoot live ammunition...while the trainers had only used blanks. But Tom was working with those who could help across the world and was pulling together ways to meet and take everybody out... What actually happened was much more scary and exciting...
In the meantime, those who owned the protection services for the local shops and markets knew they would have to make an example of the grocery store owners who had not yet been willing to pay... They planned it so that it would look like an accident...
If I had the time, I would surely go back and read from the first book in this series. This is the fourth book and it seems that nothing could top this one! I had earlier read about the child armies being developed in Africa, but this book provided many more details of what might be happening. Thankfully, there are always those who will fight the monsters who hurt children in this way... But Tom discovers that it's not just in Africa that criminals are willing to kill...whoever happens to be in the way...
This series could easily end on this high note of excitement, terror and yet...hope and help...Do check this out. There was some reference to what had occurred earlier in the series, but this book can definitely stand without having read earlier stories. Got to make this highly recommended!
About the Author
Alan McDermott is a husband, father to beautiful twin girls and a software developer from the south of England. Born in West Germany of Scottish parents, Alan spent his early years moving from town to town as his father was posted to different Army units around the United Kingdom. Alan had a number of jobs after leaving school, including working on a cruise ship in Hong Kong and Singapore, where he met his wife. Since 2005 he has been working as a software developer and currently creates clinical applications for the National Health Service. Alan’s writing career began in 2011 and the action thriller Gray Justice was his first full-length novel.