Two explosions at the same time.
In two different cities.
Ex-US Navy-turned-investigator Thomas J Cooper knows this is no random coincidence. This is a carefully planned attack calling for war on the US government.
The clock is ticking, and Cooper must stop the perpetrators before the threat of further bombings becomes a deadly reality.
With estranged wife Maddie working beside him, they travel from Washington to Burkina Faso in a dangerous trail to track down the killers. Engulfed in a murderous game, they must be the players with the winning final move…
Although I have the first book featuring Thomas Cooper, called ‘The Killing Grounds, , I haven’t actually read it yet. Having read ‘Dead Edge’ I can’t understand why I didn’t read ‘The Killing Grounds’. ‘Dead Edge’ is the second book in the series and served as my introduction to Thomas Cooper. Going by how much I enjoyed reading ‘Dead Edge’, ‘The Killing Grounds’ will not be on my to be read pile for much longer. I absolutely loved reading ‘Dead Edge’ but more about that in a bit.
Thomas Cooper is one complicated character, although I found it easy to warm to him and develop a soft spot for him. He was formerly in the American military but he is now a private investigator, working with his ex-wife. It’s clear at the beginning of the book that Cooper has gone through a very severe trauma and he is still suffering the consequences to this day. He has ‘PTSD’ (post traumatic stress disorder) and a temper, which he can lose at the drop of a hat. He is guaranteed to lose his temper if anybody tries to mention the traumatic incident. He blames himself for what happened and he thinks that he needs to be punished. You could argue that his reliance on medication is his way of punishing himself. Cooper has his flaws but he recognises that and he acknowledges that he is far from perfect. In that respect he is only human. Cooper is strong, determined, stubborn, confrontational and liable to easily lose his temper, yet there is something about him that appealed to me. Perhaps it’s because he seems like an action hero and everybody loves an action hero. Cooper ends up working with his ex-wife Maddie and together they face a race against the clock to find the bombers before any further lives are lost.
‘Dead Edge’ is extremely well written. The author’s writing style is such that you can’t fail to be drawn into the story and before you know it, you are addicted to the story and find it very hard to put the book down. That’s certainly what happened to me anyway. I picked the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters but that intention soon went out of the window because I was so gripped by the story and fearful of what might happen to Cooper, that I just keep reading on and on and on. The first time I looked up from the book to check how much I had read, I was stunned to discover that I had actually read over a dozen chapters.
Wowzers this was certainly one hell of a rollercoaster ride of a read with more twists and turns in the book than you would find on a ‘Snakes & Ladders’ board. The book starts with a bang, quite literally and the story hits the ground running and maintains the pace throughout the book. Who needs a Hollywood blockbuster when you have a book with a hero in it like Thomas Cooper?
In short I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to the complex character that is Thomas Cooper. Move over Jack Reacher, there’s a new hero in town. Jack Ford has been compared to the likes of Lee Child but in my opinion, he is a better writer than Mr. Child. I will definitely be reading ‘The Killing Grounds’ just as soon as I can. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for Thomas Cooper. Here’s hoping we don’t have too long to wait. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 5* out of 5*.