Author: Stephen Leather
Series: Matt Standing #2
Published by: Hodder And Stoughton Ltd. on Apr. 4, 2022
Source: Mobius Books US
Book Rating: 8/10
How can you follow orders if those orders are to kill a friend?
A Navy SEAL has gone rogue, selling his skills to the highest bidder as a professional assassin.
Ryan French no longer cares who he kills so long as the price is right.
His former bosses want him taken down, but they’re not prepared to get their hands dirty so they need a Brit to do the job.
SAS trooper Matt “Lastman” Standing is a lethal killing machine with experience in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Plus he’s worked with French in the past. It’s not a mission he wants, but Standing made a bad choice in his past and it has come back to haunt him.
Now he’s hunting French in the lawless Wild West forests of Humboldt County, where the US produces most of its legal – and illegal – cannabis.
But French isn’t the only predator in the wilderness – there are Mexican cartels, Russian Mafia and Hungarian gangsters – and Standing has to overcome them all to get to his target.
Adrenaline-pumping, suspenseful, and fast-paced!
In this second instalment in the Matt Standing series, Standing Alone, Leather has written an action-packed thrill ride that sees the cocky, talented SAS trooper Standing being blackmailed into taking a side mission for “The Pool, a shady organization headed by Charlotte Button that sees him hunting down ex-Navy Seal Ryan French in rural California where organized crime is rife, people live wild and free, and cannabis grows in abundance.
The writing is brisk and tight. The characters are ruthless, persistent, and experienced. And the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat as it submerges you in a menacing tale full of violence, deception, mayhem, danger, control, power, and murder.
Overall, Standing Alone is another tortuous, pacey, exciting tale by Leather that, with its well-drawn characterization, creative storyline, and thrilling conclusion, is sure to be a big hit with longtime fans of this author’s previous novels.
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Thank you to Mobius Books US for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.