So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge. – Cicero
You think you’re the only one who can quote an ancient philosopher? Plato said: ‘He was a wise man who invented beer.’
“Does that mean you’re ready for another?”
“Far be it from me to contradict Plato.” –Seth and Gideon – Guardians of the Night
There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare. – Sun Tzu
Military contractors. Self-serving, obsessive, narcissistic. And often? Well, let’s just say “above the law” often comes with governmental protection – no matter what the contractor does. And sometimes, what the contractors do is beyond horrifying.
Guardians of the Night is an unusual novel – a cutting edge look at cutting edge military technology, to be sure. But it grows well beyond a simple military suspense thriller. That is an amazing story line in itself. But there is a strong literary bent as well. There are literary and movie references galore, music and history and things that go bump in the night. Add in a well-developed, believable character list, convoluted storytelling, and of course, Sirius, a police dog beloved by all who meet him – and you have a police/military thriller that is much more than the genre it nestles within.
Gideon and Sirius are heroes. They ran into a burning building to capture a serial killer, and the public, of course, went wild. There is an undercurrent, a second storyline around the serial killer, Haines, which weaves through the story in a horrifying manner – much like watching the dead eyes of a Black Mamba… you wait for the strike – the strike which will steal your life.
And then there is “The Reluctant Hero” – the man who saved a playground full of children, yet will not identify himself. After a run-in with the Chief, (well, and the Mayor too) (Sirius really shouldn’t write snarky emails, ya know? Well, it was funny . . .) Gideon and Sirius are on the hunt for a man who doesn’t wish to be found and dragged out in front of the public. No one can protect their privacy in today’s world of political one-upmanship.
Can Gideon and Sirius stop a megalomaniac, find a “Reluctant Hero” without destroying his life, solve the murder of a homeless man with an incredible story to tell –and possibly solve the murder of a Angel?
I received this book from Amazon “First To Read” Program. All thoughts are my own – and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great story with a modern, terrifying message.