Author – D H Treichler
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Action Adventure
343 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 5/26/17
No.35 - 2017
My impressions: violent, high body counts, love story surrounded by evil,
James Carr – ex-special forces, FBI agent, 42 years old
Alene Oliviera – Asst. US Attorney General, head of rapid response team.
Ruben Castillo – head of the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel.
Jose Dominguez – Castillo’s second in command, enforcer, killer.
The End Game is an extremely fast paced story with complex events that evolve to entwine FBI agent Carr. He has a negative reputation for taking too many chances on agency raids and personally having an exceptionally high kill ratio. He can’t flush from his mind the circumstances of a past raid when the woman he loved was killed by the Mexican drug gang they were fighting.
But then Alene Oliviera is assigned as his boss to disrupt the flow of drugs into the United States to the brainless idiots who want to buy them. Jim begins to notice Alene has green eyes like his lost love and we’re off to the races for the romance portion of the story. Of course, since they work together they can’t be intimate and both suffer through that with hot flashes and cold showers.
Jim is attacked repeatedly by hit squads and always walks away, not always uninjured but able to continue. The intensity and scope of those attacks didn’t fit with the explanation given near the end as to why he was still alive. It didn’t seem as if the hit squads were pulling their punches when the attacks occurred.
Although I’ve given The End Game a high rating, there is an issue in it I personally didn’t like. The use of Barack Obama and Eric Holder as important characters turned me off. Giving them phony dialog and having President Obama issue directives to change laws to suit the story was tacky in my opinion. However, I did not punish the rating for my personal feeling on that issue.
The editing, sentence structure and character development is excellent.
Research and past experience is evident in describing the inner workings of the agencies trying to stop the drug cartels.
The writing style is fast paced with plenty of detail to paint vivid pictures of the action sequences.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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