A Book Spy Review: ‘Dead Man Switch’ By Matthew Quirk

Matthew Quirk Dead man switch.jpgWhen his former teammates start turning up dead, John Hayes is pulled back into the game of black ops to stop whoever is behind the carefully carried out assassinations.

To the untrained eye, the multiple accidental deaths across America might not seem like a big deal. But to John Hayes, they’re a huge red flag. What nobody else knows is that the victims aren’t just everyday people–they’re part of the military’s most covert unit of super-soldiers.  

Not long ago, John Hayes was leading the covert-ops military group known only as “Cold Harvest.” The best of the best, Cold Harvest’s operators have been trusted with some of the most dangerous, sensitive, and secret missions carried out by American commandos. Their skills are diverse, and they can be dispatched for anything from hostage rescue to WMD recovery. 

Secrecy is key to Cold Harvest’s survival and success, but when someone manages to get their hands on a list containing the name of the group’s operators and their home addresses, all hell breaks loose–and only John Hayes possesses the skill set required to get to the bottom of it all. 

Heading back to the United States, Hayes investigates each death individually. Initially, his top suspect is a terrorist named Hynd, who has felt Cold Harvest’s devastating effects in recent years. While Hynd certainly has a motive to hunt down the American soldiers, Hayes questions whether or not the terrorist has the means necessary to pull off such a plan.  

Soon another suspect emerges in the form of Claire Rhodes, a deadly assassin whom Hayes once trained. While he knew Rhodes had fallen on hard times recently, struggling to cope with the death of her husband, Hayes can’t find any solid motive for her to go after his former team–though she (unlike Hynd) certainly has the means. 

Eventually, as his crisscrossing adventure takes him all over the United States, Hayes begins putting the puzzle pieces together, leading to a shocking and explosive final act set in the heart of New York City, where a large-scale attack is in the works. 

On the run himself, John Hayes races to uncover who’s behind the assassinations of his former teammates, all while trying to prevent an attack on American soil. This high-stakes recipe makes for a thrilling adventure, and Matthew Quirk pulls out all the stops for his latest must-read thriller. 

Beginning with a tension-filled opening chapter, Quirk’s follow-up to last year’s Cold Barrel Zero moves at breakneck speeds with a double dose of action to keep readers’ heart rates soaring. While the first part of the plot deals with Hayes’ investigation, Quirk kicks things into a new gear for the second half, creating a nice balance that falls somewhere between a military and political thriller. 

Just two books in, Matthew Quirk’s series is fast becoming one of the genre’s better franchises. John Hayes is a rugged and compelling hero who can handle himself in any situation, and readers will love following him around. 

Book Details

Author: Matthew Quirk
Series: John Hayes #2
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 0316259233
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Release Date: March 21, 2017 (Order Now!)

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