Featured Review: ‘Hunt Them Down’ by Simon Gervais


Hunt Them DownNonstop action meets relentless suspense in Hunt Them Down, the first book in an all-new series from author Simon Gervais (A Thick Crimson Line, 2018, etc.). 

In the new age of up-to-the-minute media reports, one journalist chasing an exciting story shadows a group of DEA agents–covering their raid in real time on social media–and is the reason a major bust goes bad.

Former Army Ranger turned Special DEA Agent Pierce Hunt never wanted Luke Moore along for the ride, knowing that little to no good could come from the television reporter covering their actions as they happened. His instincts proved correct after Moore tweeted to his followers that they were about to hit a major drug cartel operation run by Valentina “the Black Tosca” Mieles, a notorious drug kingpin who has been on the DEA’s most wanted list for some time. With the cartel tipped off ahead of time, the raid takes a deadly turn and Moore–whom Hunt is responsible for protecting–is injured in the process. In the end, Pierce becomes the fall guy within the agency, even though the botched operation wasn’t his fault, and he’s placed on a six-month-long suspension. 

Back on the job and re-assigned to Miami, where he’s closer to his ex and their daughter, Leila, Hunt tries to put things behind him and move on with his life. Instead, the past comes roaring back with a vengeance.

Years before, Hunt had successfully infiltrated another crime family, headed up by Vincente Garcia, and even testified against Garcia. Rather than spend his life behind bars, though, Garcia cut a deal–offering up information on the fiercely wanted Black Tosca. But during a routine prison transfer, Garcia is killed, along with everyone else, again leaving Hunt in the middle of a compromised op that resulted in everyone else dying. Worse, his daughter is kidnapped in the process.

It doesn’t take long for Hunt to realize that Mieles, the most brutal woman in the drug world, is behind the attack and kidnapping. Determined to take over the Garcia empire, Valentina gives Pierce seventy-two hours to bring her the head of the Garcia family’s new leader. If he doesn’t, she’ll execute Leila live on social media for the whole world to see. 

Hellbent on saving his only child at all costs, Pierce is forced to team up with a former lover turned enemy as he races against the clock to hunt down a powerful drug lord and save his daughter before it’s too late. 

Stepping away from his popular Mike Walton series to introduce readers to Pierce Hunt, Simon Gervais kicks off his new series with a thundering bang. While there’s a lot of moving parts to the story, everything essentially boils down to one thing: Hunt is a highly-trained, experienced, and devastatingly lethal killer who will stop at nothing to save his child. There’s nothing Hunt won’t do, and the blood flows knee-deep in this one as Gervais uses his background as a drug investigator for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to bring a gritty authenticity to his latest thriller. 

Falling somewhere between the third season of 24 and Don Winslow’s The Cartel, Simon Gervais Hunt Them Down is one of the most anticipated thrillers coming out in early 2019 and an exciting start to a very promising new series. 

Book Details

Note: Hunt Them Down is available early as part of Amazon’s First Read program. Order the digital copy here for just $1.99. 

Author: Simon Gervais 
Series: Pierce Hunt #1
Pages: 336 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 1503903214
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Book Spy Rating: 8.0/10




Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.



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