“The worst thing was watching his body wither away from captivity and malnutrition. His most reliable and powerful tool, becoming this limp and desiccated thing. He touched his left arm beneath the white tunic he was wearing. Already the muscle tone was coming back. It had never fully gone. He had just let them think it had; that his will was spent, that his body had become an impotent object, drained of its lethal venom. They were fooled, and it was the last mistake they ever made.”
The Deserter refers to former Delta Force captain, Kyle Mercer, who seemingly deserted his men while on patrol in Afghanistan. When he is spotted again, investigators Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor are tasked with brining him in or ensuring that he no longer breathed. Their task was more complicated when Mercer is spotted in Venezuela where Americans are not all that welcome. Oh and when you add the CIA into the mix, the investigators cannot be sure who is friend or foe.
“Sure, there were times when your sole witness was shit and unreliable, and you had to take a step back, reassess. But Kyle Mercer was out there, a fugitive with lethal skills, and he’d already gotten a couple of men killed and killed a few himself. This was the only lead they had, and you had to run down every lead, even if it took you to hell, or New Jersey, or Caracas.”
Nelson DeMille is one of my favorite authors. I am almost at the point where I’ve read all of his works. His strong characters combined with some wit and humor make his adventure novels unique and great to read. He has both strong men and women characters and is not afraid to take a few shots at wimpy leaders.
This is another win for Mr. DeMille.