Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They’re the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man.
But now, Blue Man is missing.
Last seen in rural Colorado, Blue Man had taken a rare vacation to go fly fishing in his hometown when he disappeared off the grid. With no communications since, the team can’t help but fear the worst.
Sent to investigate, Robie and Reel arrive in the small town of Grand to discover that it has its own share of problems. A stagnant local economy and a woefully understaffed police force have made this small community a magnet for crime, drugs, and a growing number of militant fringe groups.
But lying in wait in Grand is an even more insidious and sweeping threat, one that may shake the very foundations of America. And when Robie and Reel find themselves up against an adversary with superior firepower and a home-court advantage, they’ll be lucky if they make it out alive, with or without Blue Man.
Will Robie and Jessica Reel are back in another mystery and a race against time to save someone very important to both of them.
Robie and Reel have recovered from the wounds they received when we last saw them in The Guilty (Will Robie, #4). They are once again doing what they do best, taking down the enemy. They have not spoken in months and their relationship is strained and as confusing as ever. Upon completing their individual missions, they are each summoned to DC, where they find out their handler Roger Walton, AKA Blue Man, is missing. He left for vacation six days ago and he hasn’t been seen since.
This story takes place in the small town of Grand, Colorado, where Blue Man often takes his vacations. It is up to Robie and Reel to find him and bring him home. While investigating they come to realize how very little they actually know about Blue Man. They are going to have to dig deep into his past if they are going to have any hope of finding him.
I love having Robie and Reel back together again in this latest installment of the series. There is a lot of animosity and anger between these two characters and a lot that has been left unsaid. All of this creates a great multilayered dynamic between the two of them. Even though personally they are at odds, when it comes down to business they can read each other like a book.
I enjoyed the small town feel of this book. Being that the town is so isolated it has drawn in many vigilante groups – the skinheads, white supremacists, and King’s Apostles. They are going to have to dig deep into this town’s secrets if they are going to find Blue Man.
Small towns just seemed to be able to do that, though one would think with fewer people the truths would stand out.
Well, those who thought that would be wrong.
In previous books we have gotten to know both Robie and Reel on a more intimate level by exposing parts of their past, so I found it enjoyable to watch them get to know their boss a little bit better.
The Will Robie series is one of my favorites by David Baldacci. I enjoyed catching up with Robie and Reel, but I’m afraid that this is my least favorite book in the series to date. It felt unfocused and at times was all over the place. That being said – I’m still a fan and look forward to continuing on with this series.
My Rating: 3/5
Series: Will Robie, #5
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 11/14/2017
Pages: 432 (eBook)