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#BookReview: Another Thriller from NetGalley

My two favorite genres are Westerns and thrillers. Interesting, they both include the same sorts of main characters–bigger-than-life, devoted to justice, the flawed superhuman sort of folks that are fun to read about and make you wish you could be like them. Here’s another:

Hellfire–a drug king uses two young boys as pawns and Jonathan Grave doesn’t like that at all

–a note about my reviews: I only review books I enjoyed. I need to be inspired to write. That’s why so many of my reviews are 4/5 or 5/5
–ARC copies received with the promise of an honest review


by John Gilstrap


Jonathan Grave, the main character in John Gilstrap’s Hellfire (Pinnacle 2020), Book 12 in the Jonathan Grave Thriller series, is one of those tough guys you hire to do the impossible. Between him and his high tech highly physical team, there isn’t much that can stop them. At least not forever. In this case their job was to find two brothers–Ryder and Geoff Kendall, ages thirteen and eleven, who were kidnapped on their way to foster care after their father was killed and their mother arrested. They then became poorly-treated pawns in a case against the cartel as these vicious bad guys to persuade their mother to do what would serve their purposes. It might have worked except that during the kidnapping, they killed a priest who was a personal friend of a personal friend of Jonathan Grave, and the boys were on their way to a home set up by Grave’s to care for boys like them. When the priest running the home called Jonathan for help, he of course agreed. What he didn’t expect was that finding the boys would involve stopping a chemical attack against the US.

This is a great series and this book especially good. It’s an intricate plot with a lot of moving parts but Gilstrap is an expert at keeping everything building until it is ready to explode. Highly recommended if you like thrillers where good vs. evil is at stake.


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Summer 2020. 

50 thoughts on “#BookReview: Another Thriller from NetGalley

  1. Pingback: More Great Novels From NetGalley | WordDreams...

      • What a wonderful surprise, Jacqui, that you bought my book. Hope you’d like it!

        I wrote many children’s stories 15 years ago when I was still working in the school district. I revived the first one, edited, and I’m now working with an illustrator. I hope to publish it before the year is over!

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  2. Hi Jacqui – the sort of thriller I’d love to read and do enjoy reading .. though not so much now-a-days … but an author and series to remember – thanks … take care – Hilary

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