It’s been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong. They brokered a deal at the time: he’d keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he’d be left alone.
But news that one of Blake’s old allies, a man who agreed the same deal, is dead means only one thing – something has changed and Winterlong is coming for him.
Emma Faraday, newly appointed head of the secret unit, is determined to tie up loose ends. And Blake is a very loose end. He’s been evading them for years, but finally they’ve picked up his trace. Blake may be the best there is at tracking down people who don’t want to be found, but Winterlong taught him everything he knows. If there’s anyone who can find him – and kill him – it’s them.
It’s time for Carter Blake to up his game.
ARC received from: Netgalley
One-Sentence Summary: Carter Blake’s past catches up with him
Review: Those of us who have enjoyed the previous two Carter Blake books have been waiting for the showdown with his former employers with baited breath and it certainly did not disappoint.
Told in Cross’s usual style of a mixture of POV, the story grabs your attention from the very start. The flashbacks to Blake’s time with Winterlong gives background as to why they are after him and also to what Blake was like in his former life.
The present day story is action-packed and traverses mainland USA from West to East. There’s Bond-like stunts on the top of a moving train and an epic showdown which will have you wondering just how the whole Winterlong plot arc will be wrapped up.
There is a satisfying end to the book and I only hope this is the beginning for Carter Blake and there will be more books to come in the series.