Action / Spy Thriller
Rating 5 stars out of 5
In the opening chapters of Into Hell's Fire we meet the antagonist, Serbian General Stevan Parenta. The Bosnia war is being fought in the early 1990s. Before the conflict, the General was a low ranking bank employee, but through ruthless acts against the Croatian and Muslim peoples he has advanced in only two years to head the Serb Army.
Across the world, retired, middle-aged Lucas Martin has retired and is living in Thailand. Before retirement, Lucas was a go-to fixer for the U.S. State Department. He is an expert on Yugoslavian politics and worked under-cover as a free-lance reporter to gather information. He stays in good physical shape and isn't adverse to killing when necessary.
Into Hell's Fire is a well written and intriguing account capturing the horrors of war between the Serbian, Croatian and Muslim citizenry. The politics of war are soon overshadowed by the personal greed for power and money by government officials and high ranking military officers. That's when the gist of the story unfolds.
Lucas accepts a lucrative offer to go back into Yugoslavia to document suspected war crimes being committed by the Serbian Army. He is soon drawn into the heart of the conflict where the action is plentiful and vividly staged.
The plot of this story is captivating, and the editing is very well done; it's not perfect but the errors are few and minor.
Sentence structure is good, and the details are painted with vivid color to build clear images of the people and their surroundings.
Main and supporting characters are artfully developed and leave lasting impressions of the good guys vs. the bad.
I heartily recommend this thrilling account of a senseless war.
This review was made in exchange for a free copy of the book.
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