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For hostage rescue specialist Jonathan Grave, every mission is a matter of life or death. But he faces his most personal challenge yet when two boys are abducted while being driven to Resurrection House, the school Jonathan founded as a sanctuary for children of incarcerated parents. The boys were entrusted to Jonathan's care. Now they're missing. It's time to fight fire with fire...

The boys' mom, Connie Kendall, is awaiting trial on drug smuggling charges. Prosecutors want her to testify against the brutal Cortez Cartel to help bring down their ruthless operations. If she cooperates, she'll get an easier sentence. But with her kids in the grip of the cartel, her lips are sealed.

As Jonathan and his team of skilled operatives close in on the kidnappers, they realize that their enemies aren't just hell-bent on selling drugs. Rival factions have even deadlier agendas. The clock is ticking on an attack that could kill thousands in a single breath. And it's almost zero hour...

©2020 John Gilstrap, Inc. (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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  • shelley
  • 05-07-2020

Excellent addition to the series...

This is book 12 in the Jonathan Graves series. I prefer reading a series in order but each book in this one can be listened to as a stand alone.
When two boys are kidnapped while being transported to the school run by Jonathan Graves he is fast on their recovery. The boys parents worked for a cartel. Their father has been murdered and their mother is in prison. Now the cartel has taken them to keep her from taking to the authorities. These are some scary folks and no form of torture is too much to keep their people in line. The more Jonathan and his team investigate the worse things get. What starts out as drug smuggling quickly turns into something much more sinister. Now it’s not just the boys lives at stake but thousands of lives, including their own.
Basil Sands does a great job narrating.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Dan
  • 15-08-2020

Fun exciting not too deep

Looking for something fun. Jonathan and the team are great to take your mind off serious life stuff.

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  • 04-08-2020

back to basics

the digger series is always enjoyable to burn through the latest outing of scorpion, big guy, gunslinger, and mother hen. there are some new additions and I like to continuation of the big bad. I am hopeful the next series gets them interacting with him in an ultimate showdown. This iteration is light on the stack against them odds, but feels more like a reset from the continued escalation of the last few books. I will continue to read the series, but felt this was a bit too uninventive compared to some earlier versions, so it gets 4 stars.

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  • Hendricks Book Reviews
  • 28-07-2022

...least favorite Gilstrap action thriller.

Audiobook Review - Whenever I want to take my mind off serious life stuff, I usually listen to one of John Gilstrap's audiobooks from his Jonathan Grave series. Hellfire is book 12 in the series and probably one of my least favorite. It wasn't a bad listen, but it wasn't Gilstrap's best either. He's produced much better stories then this one but I still enjoyed the premise of the story plot. I prefer listening/reading a series in order but each one of the Jonathan Grave books can be listened to as a stand alone. When two boys are kidnapped while being transported to the school run by Jonathan Grave, he and his team of Special Operators are fast on the recovery. The boys parents worked for a drug cartel, their father has been murdered and their mother is being held in prison by the Federal authorities. The cartel kidnaps the boys to keep the mother from taking to the authorities but there's something else going on other than illegal drugs. The more Jonathan and his team investigate the kidnapping, the worse things get. What starts out as drug smuggling quickly turns into something much more sinister. Now it’s not just the boys lives at stake but thousands of lives because of a biochemical weapon being involved. @basilsands1 does a great job narrating but I quickly grew tired and annoyed by the younger boy's whinnying and crying. What-a-pain-in-the-ass this kid was! If Gilstrap was aiming for the reader/listener to not like this kid, he succeeded abundantly! I wouldn't have lost any sleep if Jonathan Grave and his team wouldn't have rescued him and his older brother. They had bigger fish to fry in finding the biochemical weapon in my opinion. Again, not a bad story, but not one of Gilstrap's best either.

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  • Coolrbreeze
  • 16-04-2022

So tedious

Here are some of the names of characters in this book: Aslan, Mother Hen, Templeton the Rat, Wolverine, Big Guy.....let that tell you a little about the creative features of the story. It was more than a little discouraging to read, in fact I am stopping now. I am about 2/3 of the way through and can't continue.

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  • Ray
  • 23-09-2020

Too much

Story was a bit jerky: gore mixed with cutesy emotion. Performance completely didn’t work for me. Some readers do characters well. This one didn’t in my mind and maybe was part of the reason I didn’t care for the entire thing

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  • Michael Swope
  • 03-09-2020

Poor narration, repetitive, boring

Poor narration, repetitive, boring. Repetitive repetitive repetitive repetitive repetitive repetitive repetitive repetitive repetitive repetitive repetitive. Very disappointing and to long

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