Source: Review copy, Netgalley
Publication: 7th February 2019 from Headline
A troubled genius who vanishes in a mysterious car crash.
A disillusioned cop sensing conspiracy in the corridors of power.
A ruthless team of mercenaries operating in the shadows.
A billion-dollar business that wants the world in its grip.
One link connects them all.
A champion fighter. Betrayed and searching for the truth.
CAMERON KING IS THE HUNTER.
Different books suit my differing moods and sometimes what I’m looking for is an all-out-escapist rollicking read. Andrew Reid’s The Hunter provides all that and more.
Our protagonist is Cameron King, known in the cage fighting world as The Hunter. She fought her way back to health after her brother Nate deliberately crashed the car they were in and leaving her trapped and injured, fled the scene, never to be heard from again.
Now Cameron is working in the skip trace field – a sort of technological bounty hunter, when she discovers a dead body – and beside that body, her own gun. As the police arrive she receives a call from Nate telling her to get out because “They’re coming”.
So begins a non-stop roller coaster ride which takes the reader through the murky and philosophically dubious world of private military contractors and the motifs of privacy and data mining, will chill any reader as they consider the parallels between a sinister corporation with a plan for total control, and organisations to which we hand over our data every day.
The action is fast paced and tension-fuelled as Cameron and her at first reluctant sidekick, cop Ray Perada, are forced into working together. As their lives are threatened every time they turn a corner, they must learn to work together for their own safety and gradually they come to realise what a good team they can make.
Reid neatly plays with the brother/sister instinctive relationship; Cameron wants to know she can trust Nate, but didn’t he leave her to die? And as he leads her into more danger, she is constantly having to ask herself how much she really knows about Nate and whether she can really trust him?
The fight scenes are gloriously depicted; the reader can her Cameron’s thought processes as she decides which moves to make next and why. The scenes are filmic in quality and I could picture these characters and their surroundings as I read my way through the action packed pages.
Neat plotting and tight writing make this a great conspiracy theory driven thriller, made all the better by contemporary events, lots of hi-tech chicanery and a female protagonist who literally kicks ass.
Verdict: A contemporary thriller this is both fun to read and full of action and adventure.
Andrew Reid, born in Scotland, worked as a research scientist for almost a decade, on projects including DNA synthesis, forensics, and drug development. His short fiction has featured in several anthologies published by fox spirit books and his fantasy novel serial on Wattpad amassed nearly 175,000 reads. The Hunter is his debut novel.