~I received a copy of Retribution by Anderson Harp for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
For the last few days I’ve been submerged into the world of international subterfuge, military intelligence, plots and terrorism. The most frightening thing about it is that it is part of our world, balanced precariously against the one we live in daily; half hidden in the shadows. Retribution is an international thriller that takes you through the hidden caves in the mountainous region of Pakistan, the dark streets of London and into the heart of America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The remote and impenetrable Pakistani mountains have offered refuge to the worst enemies of civilization since the time of Alexander. Now, the world faces a new challenge. Reared from birth to harbor a seething hatred, a lone man is about to unleash a firestorm that will rage for centuries. And the window of opportunity to stop him is shutting much faster than Washington D.C. can hope to deal with.
There are a lot of key players in Retribution, but Anderson Harp weaves them with the masterful skill of an artist. Each character plays off the other, building mystery and intrigue. The story begins with a young girl flying towards an unknown destination with a plane full of explosives and a beautiful CIA agent who receives an emergency email before being blown into a coma – the password locked inside her brain.
Somewhere hidden in the Pakistani mountains lies the worst threat to America since Bin Laden. With the support and funds to pull off a worldwide catastrophe, the one person who can stop him must choose how far he’d go to serve his country. William Parker is a top lethal operative with experience in off-the-grid undercover work, but the closer he gets to solving the puzzle and bringing down the person responsible, the more people want him dead – including his own people.
It’s truly a wild ride reading Retribution. Anderson Harp is a retired United States Marine that has served in many capacities, including teaching mountain warfare and arctic survival. He is quite like his main character William Parker in that he is a marathon runner, pilot and hunter. His personal skills and history clearly make Retribution unbelievably realistic; which it should be. Behind the scenes of our lives there are similar scenarios played out everyday across the world and men and women who risk their lives to keep civilians in their countries safe. This is a small window into a land we tend to forget still exists.
One thing that really stood out to me in this story was how Harp could honestly give even the worst villain a heart. How despite their hatred towards western influences, there were these strong elements of family in how much he loved his son. Regardless of how twisted it was in some of their ideals, you could comprehend how he had found the path towards blind power. On the same token, he did not make American’s or our intelligence agencies complete saints. It shows the corruption that can happen behind the scenes and how that can affect individuals lives for no other purpose than selfishness. I honestly liked how he could paint the sides of both coins without distracting from their purpose and intention.