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Relentless, Jonathan Maberry: A Review

I've been a fan of Maberry's writing for years. Ink was an exciting adventure with equal parts action and character development, so when I saw the next installment of the Joe Ledger series was available, I quickly hit request. I was in the mood for some hard-hitting action and quickly dove in.

Following the previous book's events and a horrific secret ops mission gone astray, Joe Ledger goes rogue. As his team searches for him, they also navigate the remnants of the destruction and the impending attack of another powerful player. Now, as Joe takes matters into his own hands, wrestling his personal demons and The Darkness within, lives will collide in a battle of epic proportions. I liked this book. Joe Ledger is a wonderful character. I don't read military thrillers often, but I enjoy a blend of endearing and cutthroat, and Joe is a solid showing. This reminded me a lot of Strike Back, and I think readers who are looking for an eclectic group of meticulously trained specialists will love this. Sarcastic elements, comedic relief, heartbreaking insight into loss--Maberry did a good job finding the balance to make them jump off the page. I also enjoyed the overall mission. The switch between characters every chapter kept the action moving, and if you're looking for an action-packed adventure, this will be the book for you. It's cinematic, one scene jumping to the next, and because of that, I can definitely see this translating well to the screen. Overall, Relentless was a thrill ride of excitement, explosions, and bloody entertainment. I'd recommend to fans of Sylvester Stallone type war hero stories, military or espionage thrillers, or anyone looking for a grizzled character to fall in love with. Thank you to St. Martin's and NetGalley for providing an eARC in exchange for honest review consideration.

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