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Review: War Hawk by James Rollins

June 7th, 2016 by Debbie's World of Books

War Hawk by James Rollins

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 19, 2016

Publisher: William Morrow

Series: Tucker Wayne #2

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his war dog Kane are thrust into a global conspiracy that threatens to shake the foundations of American democracy in this second exciting Sigma Force spinoff adventure from New York Times bestselling authors James Rollins and Grant Blackwood

Tucker Wayne’s past and his present collide when a former army colleague comes to him for help. She’s on the run from brutal assassins hunting her and her son. To keep them safe, Tucker must discover who killed a brilliant young idealist—a crime that leads back to the most powerful figures in the U.S. government.

From the haunted ruins of a plantation in the deep South to the beachheads of a savage civil war in Trinidad, Tucker and Kane must discover the truth behind a mystery that leads back to World War II, to a true event that is even now changing the world . . . and will redefine what it means to be human.

With no one to trust, they will be forced to break the law, expose national secrets, and risk everything to stop a madman determined to control the future of modern warfare for his own diabolical ends. But can Tucker and Kane withstand a force so indomitable that it threatens our very future?

My Review:

James Rollins is an auto-read author for me so when I saw I had missed him releasing a new series I immediately knew I had to catch up. I ended up getting War Hawk first so I started with it vs The Kill Switch (though that is now sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read.). This series follows a new character, Tucker Wayne, on his adventures after getting out of the military. He has some very loose ties to Sigma and I love that series so I was eager to dive in.

I finished reading War Hawk about a week ago but held off on writing my review because I have mixed feelings about it. The story line was based on an interesting premise and as the story progressed I was curious how it would play out. This story contains a lot of the action and suspense I expect from James Rollins and I loved Tucker’s dog, Kane. In fact, there are several sections in which we are actually in Kane’s head as he reacts to the situations around him and what he is feeling in response. I’m a sucker for dogs so I really appreciated that facet of the story.

What I didn’t enjoy as much was that other than Kane, Tucker is pretty much a lone wolf operator. Yes, he does pick up a compatriot here and there throughout the book but they felt more like temporary add ons instead of actually team mates. This is just my personal tastes so others may not have the same problem but I like seeing the main hero bond with his team and work together to resolve the situation. Even in stories like Matthew Reilly’s Scarecrow series, Scarecrow may be the main character but he has a team he relies up on and truly cares about. They are an integral part of who Scarecrow is and aren’t a random cast of characters he picks up. So I felt a little let down in this book and never felt like I truly bonded with Tucker the way I did with the Sigma Force team.

I do still plan on going back to read The Kill Switch and perhaps that will help me connect with Tucker’s character more so. Sadly I can only give this book 3 stars but I would recommend that those who enjoy the lone wolf type characters to give this one a try.

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