“An electrifying military thriller reminiscent of Mark Greaney and Brad Thor.” –Best Thrillers
When Helen Chapman, the beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter of Army Chief-of-Staff for the European Command in Germany, had gone missing, her father, Brigadier General Earl Chapman, assumed she sped off on yet another one of her adventures with her boyfriend. However, hours later the body of Helen Chapman’s boyfriend was discovered by German police on the side of the road; they found a ransom letter lying on the front seat of the young man’s car.
US Army CID criminal investigator, Special Agent Jacqueline Sinclair, and DIA Agent Tom Price are assigned to take the lead in the case by her chief on request of the Provost Marshal, Agent Sinclair’s father. She knows a SIR (Serious Incident Report) already filed through channels, will attract the close attention of higher command; they would watch Sinclair every step of the way. Later, Sinclair learns that they also kidnapped three other dependent children.
Their pursuit of the kidnappers will take them straight into the heart of the military establishment where conspiracy and intrigue are commonplace . . . and where truths are seldom spoken. Worse still they uncover a more sinister and diabolical plot–a plot to set off two nuclear Smart Bombs in Pyongyang–placing the North Korean Regime and the President of the Unites States, in its crosshairs.
They find themselves deep in enemy territory and the target of highly trained killers, tasked to threaten or even to shoot to kill–whatever it takes to conceal sensitive information. Bringing justice and staying alive becomes job number one as the duo finds their skills, and their courage tested under fire.
Character driven, fast-paced action thriller, Requiem for the Dead by Victor M Alvarez is slick, compelling and gritty.
The driver behind every great book is a main character you can relate to and cheer for. Victor M Alvarez delivers on this with his gutsy, kick-ass protagonist Special Agent Jacqueline Belle Sinclair – or Belle, as her father calls her. Just about to go on a date with Captain Cory, Belle is intrigued when she is called to her father’s office. Her father, Colonel Richard Sinclair and area Provost Marshal, has a mission for her.
Chief-of-staff, Brigadier General Chapman’s daughter Helen, has been kidnapped, her boyfriend shot dead and left with a note left in his car. Whether it is a criminal investigation or a terrorist plot has yet to be discovered.
Colonel Sinclair knows his daughter is the best person for the case, but wanting her protection (and maybe playing at match-maker) he assigns Agent Tom Price to partner her. What follows next is a series of life-threatening events that keep Agents Sinclair and Price from their mission of finding Helen, plus three other teenagers that also get snatched. With hardly any clues this race against time seems impossible, but as they get closer to discovering the reason behind the kidnappings the stakes get higher and the death toll begins to pile up. The antagonist is fueled by revenge and is ruthless, driving this well-written, nothing sugar-coated thriller forward, making it a real page turner.
Victor M Alvarez’s twenty-one years spent in the military (where he became highly decorated) flows through onto these pages, giving the reader an experience that is both realistic and authentic. Requiem for the Dead by Victor M Alvarez is smart, compelling and believable. Fans of fast-paced military thrillers will not be disappointed. Requiem for the Dead comes highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews. Book reviewed by T N Traynor for Artisan Book Reviews.
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