Don Bentley’s Next Matt Drake Novel Set for May 2023 Release

If you’re a fan of Don Bentley’s hard-hitting Matt Drake series, then get ready, because the next book, Forgotten War, is set to come out on May 2, 2023.

It’s hard to believe, but Bentley’s first book, Without Sanction, was only released back in 2020. That novel launched his now very popular series, all built around Defense Intelligence Agency operative Matt Drake, but that’s not all the author has been up to. In 2021, Bentley was given the keys to the Jack Ryan Junior franchise, and completely rejuvenated and reenergized that series with his first offering, Target Acquired. Aside from following that up with Tom Clancy Zero Hour (2022), the author continued to deliver big-time action with both The Outside Man and Hostile Intent, books two and three in his own series—which is set to continue with Forgotten War

“In Forgotten War, a brotherhood born in battle is endangered by a deadly secret,” Bentley told The Real Book Spy in an exclusive statement. “When his best friend Frodo is arrested for murder, DIA case officer Matt Drake must return to Afghanistan to locate the one man who knows what really happened during a botched raid on a Taliban compound ten years previously. But this is easier said than done. Afghanistan is unstable at the best of times, but with the American withdrawal in full swing, it’s now a nation in chaos. After his own government refuses to help, Matt assembles a rag-tag team of veterans and volunteers for one, final mission—to discover the truth.”

Check out the official plot details and cover art below:


A brotherhood born in battle is endangered by a deadly secret in the latest astonishing thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Zero Hour and Hostile Intent.

As a team, Matt Drake and his partner, Frodo, have watched each other’s backs through some very dark days. But one thing they’ve never doubted was their commitment to each other…until now.

Frodo has been accused of a war crime ten years after leaving Afghanistan. Matt is determined to prove his friend innocent, but what will he do when he finds that his closest friend has secrets he won’t share?



Don Bentley is the New York Times bestselling author of Tom Clancy Target Acquired and the Matt Drake series (Without Sanction and The Outside Man). Don is a former FBI special agent, SWAT team member, and Army Apache helicopter pilot. Learn more at his official website.

Next May is setting up to be a huge month for Bentley because a week after Forgotten War comes out, his third Jack Ryan Junior adventureTom Clancy Flash Point—also hits bookstores. Both thrillers are currently available for pre-order in all major formats everywhere books are sold. We’ll have tons of more coverage for both titles in the coming weeks, so check back for more details soon.


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