Devils in Exile A Novel Author:Chuck Hogan Neal Maven comes home from his tour in Iraq to nothing?no job, no friends, no future. Then he meets Brad Royce, a fellow vet, charismatic and confident, with the lifestyle and the one woman Neal has always wanted: Danielle Vetti, Maven?s high-school dream girl. Royce offers Maven a spot on his team of vets who intercept major drug deals, take th... more »e dirty money, and destroy the product?an adrenaline-charged, get-rich scheme with a clear moral imperative. But is it too good to be true? With two psychotic hit men out for retaliation, a relentless DEA agent closing in, and more questions than answers about Royce, Maven suddenly finds he?s in too deep?and the truth may be his worst enemy. Delivering ?heart-stopping intensity? (San Francisco Chronicle) in all of his novels of suspense, Chuck Hogan nails a terrifying criminal underworld of lethal violence and complex friendships, loves, and rivalries in Devils in Exile.« less
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Now this is good writing! Starts out on an interesting level and just keeps getting better and better. Each page has something to offer to the story and that makes it go by pretty fast. As action goes--it hits hard and fast especially at the end and you will be riveted to each page as everything unfolds.
After Prince of Thieves, could Chuck Hogan come up with another accurate exploration of harsh, manly relationships that's as compelling and satisfying to read? Well, he did with Devils in Exile. I had high hopes and Devils came through in a huge way. The best post war, ex-GI portrayal I've seen by an author and that was just stage setting for the rest of the book. He goes on to use that premise to weave a thrilling, believable chain of events. And all set so well in Boston that you could get around town without a map after reading the book. A book with no weaknesses.