Review: The Hunter's Oath by Jason Dean (4/5)

Monday 4 August 2014
Amy Philmore knows something is wrong as she walks home alone through Fort George Hill. When a car pulls up and three men get out, it's too late to escape. Now she is in hospital fighting for her life.

Her brother, Former Marine James Bishop, is determined to find the attackers before they return to finish the job. The cops are on the case but Bishop takes matters into his own hands, and nothing can hold him back in his hunt for vengeance.

When you act alone, there is no one to protect you, and what Bishop discovers will put him on the hit-list of a ruthless criminal empire. As his sister's life hangs in the balance, can he find his way to the heart of the organisation before he is outnumbered? Or is the predator about to become the prey?

This was my first time reading a book from this author but it definitely won't be my last. I am constantly on the look out for characters similar to Sean Black's Ryan Lock and Matt Hilton's Joe Hunter. Our main character shares a lot of the traits you usually get with these sorts of characters but he has enough originality about him to not just be a cardboard cut out of those characters. Despite being part of a series this book can easily be read as a standalone.

Amy Philmore is brutally attacked when walking home from work by three random men. Returning to New York to visit her in hospital is her brother, James Bishop. He hasn't seen Amy for about a year and needless to say the reaction to his presence from Amy's husband Gerry and their daughter is pretty acrimonious to say the least. However it isn't long before Gerry is following Bishop around New York in their quest to find out who the attackers were and why Amy was attacked in the first place.

I love books which are more like movies than books and after a bit of a slow start this book was definitely that. Moving at breakneck speed my eyes almost popped out of my head a number of times. I was awake long after my bedtime reading this book, and given that the author is a fan of leaving chapters on a cliffhanger that isn't a surprise. This is a book that you will not want to stop reading.

Just like Bishop I wanted to know why this woman had been attacked, especially when we learn she was targeted for the attack. It then becomes a question of attempting to put together all of pieces Bishop finds around New York to solve the mystery. As always it's impossible to discuss the plot but it is definitely a gripping one with a fantastic story and once I reached the halfway point I had to finish it in one sitting. As an English author I loved how authentic this book felt, both in terms of its setting and its characters and I will definitely be looking to read more from this author soon. Highly recommended to fans of Matt Hilton, Sean Black or just anyone who likes fantastic, heart stopping thrillers with a brilliant main character.

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