The Attack by Jack Arbor
I found Jack Arbor's work while searching through the political thriller list on Amazon. I've struggled to find new thriller authors that don't go overboard with gory details of murder and violence. My threshold for scary stuff is pretty low, I won't even watch The Walking Dead. Jack Arbor does a great job of mixing suspense and action without going beyond my limit for violence and gore.
The descriptions of Max Austin in the previous two books is what first caught my eye, who doesn't want to read about a second generation Belorussian spy? I decided to start with the most recent Max Austin thriller, The Attack, and I'm glad I made that choice. After reading The Attack, I'm totally hooked on the Max Austin character and the rest of his team. I mean come on, when the super smart computer hacker on the team is a woman named Goshawk, how can you not want to know more about her? The name alone is worthy of a book.
The first chapter of the book grabbed me by the shirt collar and dragged me into the world of Max Austin. I always feel better when a book opens with the main character in an action scene, doing what they do best. It sets the tone for book. The opening scene of The Attack hooks you into Max's universe and opened up a Pandora's box of questions that get addressed later.
Throughout the book, Jack Arbor does a great job of pacing by mixing up the action scenes with investigative scenes. The descriptions of remote mountain villages and crowded cities drew me into the story and made me feel like I was standing right next to Max. As the book moves along, you learn more about Max's past and the team he has assembled to help him take out the group that killed his family.
I'm ready to go back and read the previous Max Austin books and looking forward to the sequel. Max's revenge doesn't seem to be finished. If you're planning on reading Jack Reacher #23, check out a Jack Arbor book first, you'll be pleasantly surprised. And they're free on Kindle Unlimited, you can't go wrong.