This is a great book. Kept me guessing!
Ethan Decker is a specialized Hunter for the most secretive agency of the U.S. government, tracking down ruthless international fugitives. But when a renegade assassin kills Deckers young son, he leaves his unsuspecting wifeto save her from the madmans threatsand exiles himself to a remote desert in New Mexico. Then one searing day, a former member of Deckers covert team arrives at his door, shepherding two children. She entrusts them to his protection and leaves without explanationonly to turn up dead a few miles down the road, killed by the man who murdered Deckers son.
Suddenly the race is on: to reach his ex-wife before the ruthless assassin finds her, and to unlock the mystery behind the two childreninnocents who end up as pawns in a dark conspiracy so evil that even this former spy cannot imagine the peril that lies directly in his path.
Very suspenseful, story line sort of on the lines of Patterson's MAXIMUM RIDE series, but perhaps scarier.
From back cover: Ethan Decker is a specialized Hunter for the most secretive agency of the U.S. government, working deep undercover to track down and capture ruthless international mercenaries and fugitives. But when a daring mission takes a lethal turn, a renegade assassin kills Deckers young son in retribution. Forced to leave his devastated, unsuspecting wife, Sydney, to save her from the madmans threats, Decker exiles himself to the New Mexican desert to live in a jail of his own guilt and grief.
The day starts like any other in the desert: scorching, cloudless. But then, like a mirage, a car appears on the horizon. Inside is Anna Kelsey, a former member of Deckers covert team, a woman Decker presumed dead in the hell following that ill-fated mission three years ago. But she survivedand now she shepherds two children, entrusting them to Deckers protection. Before he can protest, Anna is screeching away in a cloud of dust.
Now Decker is reeling from the sudden turn of eventsand the shocking sight of Annas body not far down the road from where she left his trailer and the kids. The Spanish coin under her tongue is a mark Decker hoped never to see again . . . the signature of the assassin Ramirez.
Suddenly the race is on: to reach his ex-wife before Ramirez finds her, and to unlock the mystery behind these two children and why Anna died to give them refuge. But for Decker, Sydneys trust is not his to have any longer, and the children are pawns in a dark conspiracy so vast and so evil that even this former spy could not imagine the peril and terror that lies directly in his path.
I had never heard of Patricia Lewin and found this book several years after it was published. For a first novel, I thought she did a great job. I enjoy a good suspense story and this one definitely kept my attention. In the first chapter, we meet an agent who retired from life five years ago when his son was killed and he subsequently left his wife. A former co-agent drops two children at his trailer, and he finds her down the road, killed. The rest of the book he's running with the children from the killers, and his own past, trying to piece together what's happening.
ETHAN DECKER IS A SPECIALIZED "HUNTER"FOR THE MOST SECRETIVE AGENCY OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, TRAKING DOWN RUTHLESS INTERNATIONAL FUGITIVES. BUT WHEN A RENEGADE ASSASSIN KILLS DECKER'S YOUN SON, HE LEAVES HIS UNSUSPECTING WIFE....TO SAVE HER FROM THE MADMAN'S THREATS...AND EXILES HIMSELF TO A REMOTE DESERT IN NEW MEXICO. THEN ONE SEARING DAY, A FORMER MEMBER OF DECKER'S COVERT TEAM ARRIVES AT HIS DOOR, SHEPHERDING TWO CHILDREN. SHE ENTRUSTS THEM TO HIS PROTECTION AND LEAVES WITHOUT EXPLANATION....ONLY TO TURN UP DEAD A FEW MILES DOWN THE ROAD.