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Hunt Them Down

Pierce Hunt, Book 1
Narrated by: Bon Shaw
Series: Pierce Hunt, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
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“In Hunt Them Down, Gervais has crafted an intelligent and thoughtful thriller that mixes family dynamics with explosive action…The possibilities are endless in this new series, and this will easily find an enthusiastic audience craving Hunt’s next adventures.” --Associated Press

The dark world he’s been fighting against has caught up with him. Will his daughter pay the price?

Former Army Ranger Pierce Hunt is no stranger to violence. Fresh off a six-month suspension, he’s itching to hit a notorious Mexican drug cartel where it hurts, even if that means protecting crime boss Vicente Garcia, a witness in the case against sadistic cartel leader Valentina Mieles. But things spiral out of control when the cartel murders Garcia and kidnaps his granddaughter and an innocent bystander, Hunt’s own teenage daughter.

Mieles wants the new head of the Garcia family on a plate - literally. Hunt has seventy-two hours to deliver, or Mieles will execute the girls live on social media. With the clock ticking, Hunt goes off the grid and teams up with Garcia’s daughter, a former lover and current enemy. To save the girls, Hunt will have to become a man he swore he’d never be again: an avenging killer without limits or mercy.

©2019 Simon Gervais. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“[An] action-packed series launch from Gervais…” (Publishers Weekly)

“Your hunt for the next great adventure novel is over. If Jack Reacher started writing thrillers, he’d be Simon Gervais.” (Lee Goldberg, number-one New York Times best-selling author of True Fiction)

“A huge thriller with intense action and emotion. Hunt Them Down had me squirming in my seat until the last masterfully crafted page!” (Andrew Peterson, best-selling author of the Nathan McBride series)

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  • shelley
  • 02-01-2019

Great start to a new series...

Pierce Hunt is a former Ranger turned DEA agent. When he's told to take a reporter along on a major bust of a cartel he knows it's a bad idea. When the man uses social media to describe the DEA actions in real time, the head of the cartel is tipped off and the bust goes bad. The reporter is injured and Hunt is blamed. He is suspended for six months and reassigned to Florida.
Hunt's ex wife and daughter are now living in Florida with her new husband. They have unknowingly allowed her to become friends with another girl whose father is the head of a feuding cartel. While on the way to see a movie both girls are kidnapped and threatened with a hideous death on a live stream.
Hunt now has to join forces with and trust a drug lord he had previously busted in an effort to rescue both girls.
This is a very fast paced book with plenty of action.
R C Bray (aka Bon Shaw) is an "A" lister among narrators and he brings his unique style enhancing the listening.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Wayne
  • 04-01-2019

Excellent suspense thriller!

HUNT THEM DOWN was released one month earlier in Kindle ebook format than in audio. The reviews were so strong that I decided not to wait for audio. I loved the book so when the audiobook was released yesterday I decided to let R. C. Bray (narrating using his Bon Shaw pseudonym) narrate it for me. Bray is one of few narrators whose work will cause me to try a new author.

Audible Listener Shelley has already written an excellent review of Hunt Them Down to which I have little to add other than read her review. The novel is a great start to the Pierce Hunt series by Simon Gervais.

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  • Jake Butler
  • 14-01-2019

Don't mess with Pierce Hunt's family!

What a series debut! Im new to Simon Gervais. This was my first read from him and i wasnt disappointed. Mitch Rapp, Dewey Andreas, Court Gentry and Victor the Assassin. Those are my favorite characters in the Military/Assassin action thriller genre! It's still early, but I can easily see Pierce Hunt joining those ranks. He's different from them though. While the other guys are all assassins or CIA black ops guys, Hunt is a DEA agent. An ex Army Ranger whose daughter gets kidnapped by one of the most feared drug cartel leaders in the world...wrong move! Nothing motivates a father more than his little girl being in danger and Hunt, even as a DEA and law enforcement officer will do absolutely anything and kill anyone to save his girl!
Mr. Gervais does an excellent job showing you who Hunt is; his strengths, weaknesses, his past mistakes, passions and love for his daughter. He shows that Hunt is a human being and like everyone, he has skeletons in his closet. As an Army 11B OIFIII combat veteran and father of 2 beautiful little girls, i can relate to Hunt and his motivation in so many ways it's unreal. As expected, since Mr. Gervais was an Infantry officer and federal agent, he does an amazing job with his descriptions of weapons and intense combat situations. Just one brief example; I get very angry when i read a military thriller and the author uses the word clips instead of magazine. Its sloppy writing and sloppy research in my opinion. Well, none of that in here. Mr. Gervais knows his stuff! The combat and tactical situations are top notch! This novel has the feel of Taken mixed with Don Winslow's Power of the Dog series, yet, Mr. Gervais at the same time makes it his own and unique. What could have been a stale and overused plot and premise was used in a fresh and exciting way. Also, i cant remember an action thriller hitting me so hard emotionally as this one. The brutality and true evil of the world and some human beings is shown in very good detail.
All in all, an outstanding debut of a new action hero that we can relate to. A violent, truthful, accurate novel that will make you want to kick ass but at other times tear up. Happiness to sadness...the emotions are all engaged in this thriller! The next Hunt will be this year and I can't wait!

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  • happyjo
  • 12-01-2019

Hunt them down

This was a really good book! Lots and lots of action and detective work going on from start to finish. I loved it!

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  • Lia
  • 06-10-2019

Wow! Amazing Book

I did not expect to be "wowed" by this book. But I was. Author Simon Gervais is no novice in the field of law enforcement. Born in Montreal, he first received extensive training in the Canadian military, serving as an Infantry officer and later as a drug investigator, working closely with American colleagues from the DEA. His career was refocused in 2004 when he joined the Canadian federal anti-terrorism unit based in the Ottawa Region. His assignments included guarding foreign heads of state when they visited Canada. He also was involved in counter-intelligence. So he knows of what he writes, and the realism shows.

In “Hunt Them Down,” Gervais unveils a new protagonist, former Army Ranger Pierce Hunt, who operates undercover for the DEA. The crime extravaganza features big-time firepower with an array of sinister weapons, relentless bloodletting with bodies strewn around the world, and massive crime syndicates battling for control of vast fortunes. Valentina Mieles, the dreaded Black Tosca, perhaps the most powerful woman in the drug world, is intent on expanding her empire and moving in on Vincente Garcia’s crime syndicate.

A plan to murder the elder Garcia as he is being transferred from one prison to another becomes a bloodbath where many of Tosca’s violent followers are killed, as are numerous law enforcement personnel, as well as Garcia. Tosca, not satisfied with the slaughter she perpetrated, continues her assault and kidnaps Garcia’s granddaughter, Sophia, who she plans to set on fire in public view, as notice of her ascension to greater power. Unfortunately, Hunt’s own daughter, a friend of Sophia’s, is also snatched, putting new urgency in the search for both girls.

Hunt is relentless, even resorting to torture, to get information that will assist him in his mad rush to rescue the girls and put Tosca away for good. He will stop at nothing to find his daughter. Many aspects of modern warfare are employed in the chase, including drones, airplanes, and boats as the story comes to a violent conclusion in Mexico.

It is a good book, authentic and fast paced, with strong characters and well-developed dialogue. The author has the chops to provide a strong background for his story and the results are clear and authoritative. I strongly recommend this book as a fascinating listen.

Bon Shaw was outstanding with the delivery of the story

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  • Mel
  • 15-02-2019

BE WARNED: It's Gory ... as all "Cartel" stories

It's "my kinda action adventure story" but it IS very "gory". Lots of graphic violence. My first Gervais book, will definitely try his other series.

There are a LOT of these stories with "off the books" rogue spec-ops guys called on "because no one can do it". Pierce Hunt is one of the better ones. I eagerly await Pierce Hunt's next mission. RC Bray always does great narration...

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  • Barney R Barendse
  • 17-07-2019

captivating!

excellence. good keeping your interest and next move. great mext of what is coming next.constent surprises with good fits of "what next. Captivating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-07-2019

Look forward to more

Good book. Enjoyed both reading it and listening to the audio voice reading ( good voice fit). First book read by this author. Will probably check out his other series.

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  • ND Roughrider
  • 16-05-2019

Author has done a great job writing this book,!

You won't be disappointed with this book, it'll keep you riveted throughout the whole book! Narrator does a great job of telling the story! The voice is clear and easy to understand! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Sandi Stambaugh
  • 18-06-2019

Action Packed

Awesome storyline and packed with action!!!!! Can't wait to read the next one!!! Going to Audible store now.

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  • Jonathan M Copley
  • 26-06-2019

A tour-de-force of an action/revenge thriller

Loved it, from start to finish!
The character arcs are all well defined and easy to follow!
One of the best moments was when Hunt made the reporter see his own handwork!
A bit squeamish in parts, so if you've not got a strong stomach, then just hold on because this book is like a rollercoaster that has twists and turns, barrel rolls and loop the loops that'll leave you exhausted after listening!
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves crime/revenge/kick ass leading men and sultry leading ladies!
Bon Shaw serves up yet another amazing performance, his range of tones and voices is beyond amazing and I can't wait to hear what happens next with Special Agent Pierce Hunt!!!!!

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  • chris parker
  • 19-01-2019

Hunts the man

I really enjoyed this book with it's diverse characters and fast moving plot action. I am looking forward to the next one with anticipation.

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