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Reviewed by Caleb Shadis
War Hawk is the second novel in the Tucker Wayne series and the whole series is a spin-off from James Rollins’ Sigma Force series. Tucker is an ex-special forces soldier and K-9 team member. Apparently, when he was discharged, he didn’t want to be separated from his partner Kane so he took him along for the ride. The Army disagreed about the arrangement, and somehow Sigma intervened (in a previous story).
Now, Wayne and Kane travel around the remote parts of the U.S. trying to heal from the ravages of war. A friend, ex-soldier and ex-flame Jane and her son find him and ask for help. She believes someone is trying to kill her to silence her for some top secret work she did in the recent past. All but one of her other colleagues (Sandy) have died and even Sandy went missing.
Tucker decides that Sandy’s last known place of employment would be a good place to start investigating–he’s hoping luck is on his side in finding Sandy alive. Tucker starts by checking out Sandy’s house with a little B&E. He’s surprised by visitors and has to do some quick thinking to get himself out of it. It’s his first taste that Jane was onto something and was not just being paranoid.
Tucker spends some time looking for a buddy who was assigned to the base he wanted to get info about and possibly infiltrate. Shortly after talking to his buddy, he is attacked and almost killed, and some high tech equipment is involved. His first instinct is to suspect the buddy he just talked to. But the visit also tells Wayne that he has stumbled onto something someone REALLY wants to keep hushed up. It’s pretty obvious that someone has been killing off members of the team and are willing to silence anyone willing to ask the wrong questions.
I really enjoyed this book and I think I’ll have to try another Tucker Wayne novel in the near future. War Hawk also brings to light things like how gullible a populace can be and that those who control media outlets control people’s understanding of reality. Cyber warfare will continue to change our ideas of what is a trustworthy source of information and what we believe and who or what we don’t. Fun book, lots of action, and Kane was a ‘character’ who helped make the book much more enjoyable.
Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by William Morrow. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.