"Lethal Game" By John Gilstrap: Review/Giveaway

Review by Sandra Murphy

Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win a copy of the book and a link to purchase it.

Trigger alert: children are harmed

Jonathan Grave is in the hostage rescue business. While government hostage teams are focused on capturing the kidnappers and the well-being of the kidnapped comes in second, Jonathan’s sole reason to be involved is for the victim. He offers the kidnappers the option of going to jail peacefully, but many of them decline and pay for that decision with their lives. Jonathan can live with that.

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His right-hand man is called Boxers. They are backed up by Gail and Venice, Mama, Father Dom, and an entire security team. A lot of their work is legit. Some is on the dark side. All is focused on keeping the good guys living, and the bad guys not so much.

While on a hunting trip to Montana, Jonathan narrowly misses being killed by a sniper. It’s not long before he and Boxers realize in this scenario, they are the prey. It’s darn cold and going to get worse. They are cut off from their gear, satellite phone, and truck.

Back in Virginia, the school Jonathan set up for kids of incarcerated parents is on lockdown after Gail and Venice are targeted by a hitman of their own. Fortunately for them, Gail is a better shot than the killer. If that’s not enough, another member of the team is harmed as well.

In typical Gilstrap fashion, the action starts out at a full run and only speeds up from there. With the team being hit from all sides, it’s hard for them to develop a plan to retaliate. As Jonathan and Boxers chase down clues with Vernice, computer hacker extraordinaire, the number of dead bodies increases in multiples, most at the hands of the assassins.

With each book, I promise myself I’ll read a chapter or two and then pause to make the story last longer. With each book, I start reading, soon lose myself in the action, must know what happens next, and read it straight through. This one is no exception. Gilstrap grabs you by the hand, goes zero to sixty in a nanosecond, and there’s no choice but to try to keep up. And this one goes much further than the usual bad guys.

This is book fourteen in the series. Start here and backtrack to book one to follow the path Jonathan’s life has taken over the years. It’s a thrilling ride.

To enter to win a copy of Lethal Game, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line "lethal,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen November 12, 2022. US residents only and you must be 18 or older to enter. If entering via email please include your mailing address in case you win. If entering via comment please include your email address so we can contact you. You can read our privacy statement here if you like.

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Sandra Murphy lives in the shadow of the Arch in St. Louis Missouri. She writes about eco-friendly topics, pets and wildlife for magazines and reviews mysteries and thrillers for KRL. A collection of her short stories, published by Untreed Reads, From Hay to Eternity: Ten Tales of Crime and Deception can be found at all the usual outlets. Each one is a little weird and all have a twist you won't see coming.

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  1. I've read a number of these. Count me in!

  2. Sounds like a great read. Can't wait.
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  3. Sounds like a good read. Lots of action.
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  4. New author for me, sounds good!

  5. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham

  6. We have a winner!
    Lorie Ham


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