Leave No Trace by AJ Landau @JonDLand #JeffAyers @MinotaurBooks

Posted February 22, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 16 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Leave No Trace by AJ Landau @JonDLand #JeffAyers @MinotaurBooks   Leave No Trace by AJ Landau
Series: National Park Thriller #1
Published by Minotaur Books on February 27, 2024
Genres: Thriller
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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In a daring, brutal act of terrorism, an explosion rocks and topples the Statue of Liberty. Special Agent Michael Walker of the National Park Service is awakened by his boss with that news and sent to New York as the agent-in-charge. Not long after he lands, he learns two things - one that Gina Delgado of the FBI has been placed in charge of the investigation as the lead of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and two, that threats of a second terrorism attack are already being called into the media. While barred from the meetings of the Joint Task Force for his lack of security clearance, Walker finds a young boy among the survivors with a critical piece of information - a video linking the attackers to the assault.

As a radical domestic terrorist group, led by a shadowy figure known only as Jebediah, threatens further attacks against America's cultural symbols, powerful forces within the government are misleading the investigation to further their own radical agenda.

I have recently been reading more books with National Park settings so this was a fit.  Leave No Trace is a chilling story of terrorists employing methods and gathering insurrectionists in much as the attack on the Capital in 2021.  The leaders are demented narcissists, so really similar.

Our main characters are Michael Walker, who works for the national park system, and has been in law enforcement there.  His boss, also his ex-father-in-law, hates him.  The other key player is Gina Delgado, who has lots of experience in explosives, and heads the Joint Terrorism Task Force.  Together, they piece things together to try to minimize or stop attacks while also hunting the terrorists. I like Michael and Gina. They are committed and intelligent.  Michael has a bit of a John McClane style.

The action is non-stop and a wild ride.  I enjoy the level of technical capabilities and strategy the team uses.  It is a deluge and there is no time to breathe until the end.  Thriller was a very accurate naming here.

There is a bit of development on the world and characters but the action and its mysteries are primary.  The start of a series makes me wonder who will be main characters going forward.  Typically, Michael and Gina would not work together as they are in very different agencies.  Will they become co-workers, friends or lovers?  My guess is Michael will be a character since he is already in the park system.  I look forward to more of the National Park Thriller  series which are truly a thrill ride.

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Posted February 22, 2024 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 16 Comments

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