Black Run by DL Marshall

Having enjoyed DL Marshall’s debut novel, Anthrax Island, I did not hesitate to try Black Run and was not disappointed. Barely recovered from his previous adventure, John Tyler is back, and this time his mission is to capture a heavily protected target and bring him back to the UK. The story alternates between the present, and the previous two weeks in the Alps where Tyler and his team were observing the target. This means the full story is only slowly revealed, but the short chapters keep the action moving along at a breakneck pace.

The book opens with a dramatic car chase as Tyler is pursued all the way to the French port of La Rochelle where he has arranged to board the Tiburon, a rusty freighter crewed by smugglers and mercenaries. The graphic descriptions of the conditions on board the ship, and the stormy seas as they sail through the night, make the isolation and danger all too vivid. The fact that Tyler doesn’t know who he can trust just adds to the tension. He is a skilled and resourceful operative, despite his flaws, and I look forward to reading the next book in this series. There is a cinematic quality  to the narrative that would make for a great action movie. Thanks to Canelo and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.