A Soldier’s Revenge
By: Matthew Dunn
Matthew Dunn has created one of my favorite characters in Will Cochrane, so I was ecstatic to get my paws on his latest installment of this enigmatic crime stopper’s story, A Soldier’s Revenge. Normally Will Cochrane, a government trained heavy hitter and solver of some of the world’s most dangerous problems, is operating in a distant place. In this latest from Matthew Dunn, trouble makes a direct hit, the target? Will’s family. It all starts when Will groggily awakes in a hotel room and discovers a dead body in his bath tub. Knowing instantly that someone is trying to frame him, Will takes off, getting to safety before working to figure out the who, when and why. As Will starts to put his skills to work, he discovers details about the murder victim, the man trying to frame him. What he isn’t yet sure of, is how to put this to rest and retake custody of the two young boys that he was all set to adopt.
One of the things that makes A Soldier’s Revenge so good, aside from the complexity of the plot, the harrowing escapes and spy craft that Dunn artfully employs, is the visceral feelings that he can convey through his writing. In this book, Will Cochrane was traveling to his parents home in order to pick up the two young children of a fallen comrade. Will planned to adopt the boys and give them a sturdy and sound home. The moment’s when he finds out just who the victim he found murdered in the hotel tub is, or when he realizes that his chances of adopting and loving these two boys again are in jeopardy, are full of raw emotion. The passion that drives him to keep going and finish things you can tell is fueled by his love and admiration for his fallen friends. You don’t always get these glimpses of humanity in spy novels and thrillers. Dunn expertly gives his readers all of the action that they can stomach in his novels, but with a tinge of reality. Cochrane is no emotionless Bond…he’s much more real than that.