Series: Will Jaeger
Author: Bear Grylls
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: March 24, 2016
A mother and child savagely abducted from a snow-swept mountainside.
A loyal soldier tortured and executed on a remote Scottish moor.
A lost warplane discovered in the heart of the Amazon jungle, harbouring a secret of earth-shattering evil.
A desperate race to defeat a terrifying conspiracy emanating from the darkest days of Nazi Germany.
One thread unites them all.
Only one man can unravel it.
A strange warplane is discovered deep in the Amazon jungle, in a spot of dead land, a group of ex-military and intelligence personnel is gathered to try and retrieve the relic. But when the chosen leader of the group is found dead, presumably by suicide, they need to find a replacement. A replacement that has been meant as the first leader, but could not be found.
Well, they've found William Jaeger, although not in pristine condition, and the mission is a go once more. A mission into the deep of the jungle where the jungle itself proves to be the lesser of threats. There is a force, a Dark Force, that would stop at nothing to prevent Jaeger's team to reach the downed plane first. Or at all.
The hunter has just become the prey.
I admit at having picked up the book from the shelf at my local bookstore solely because of the author's name on the cover, but I bought it because of the intriguing blurb. When I started reading it, there was a little apprehension, for not all blurbs truly reflect the story, and, yes, a little bit because of the author as well. Not many survival-experts turned TV-personalities can write good fiction.
The apprehension was soon gone, though, at the first page, with the cockroach scene. I was hooked. And it was all smooth sailing (in terms of reading and enjoying the plot) from then on.
The book doesn't offer non-stop action, leaving the reader a few chances to breathe in between, but even during the not-so-actiony scenes, the pacing doesn't let up. The story never gets boring, the flow never stops, the pacing is continuous, even picking up speed and urgency as you approach the end. There isn't a dull moment, the reader is kept guessing and wondering alongside the characters in the book, kept on his toes, at the edge of the seat...And turning page after page to discover what might happen next.
The characters are vividly depicted and realistic, the plot is engaging and gripping, the pacing perfectly balanced, and though the book contains a bit of military jargon, the quick and efficient explanations and/or translations of it make it easy to follow and not cumbersome. There's mystery, conspiracies, shadowy enemies, engaging action, a little bit of history thrown in...I just loved it from beginning to end, and I'm so very happy at having obtained the second book in the series before I read the first one, because Ghost Flight ends on a cliffhanger (so beware) of rather enormous proportions (hero-wise and "history"-wise).
I know this review does the book no justice, but it's difficult to write something more elaborate and "profound" without descending into a detailed discussion of the plot and minutae of different scenes which could spoil the enjoyment of future readers.
Let me just say I loved it from beginning to end, and I can't wait to read what happens next.
On to Burning Angels.