Monday, May 14, 2018

Release Day Review: Zero Warning by John Charles #Review #Giveaway

Author: John Charles
Title: Zero Warning
Asher Radman~ By The Numbers
Publisher: Manifest Vision
Publication Date: May 14, 2018

Reviewed by Jenn


When FBI agent Mateo Hachman took the undercover assignment, he knew the risks.  Infiltrate the Proveedores Consortium and get enough on them to bring down the inner circle. 
It took almost five years, but Mateo not only infiltrated the consortium, he was elevated to the prestigious inner circle.  From his vantage point, he provided enough evidence to bring down Demarco Sanchez the head of the Proveedores as well as over a dozen high level members.  For decades, Sanchez was the target of every agency in the US.  He had his fingers in everything from drugs, to contraband, to counterfeit designer handbags.  But they never could gain enough evidence to arrest him.  With Mateo's testimony, he received multiple life sentences.  He would never see the light of day again.
When henchman Abraham Garceau was sentenced for multiple counts of murder, he swore he'd find a way to torture Mateo until he begged to die. 
Eight years later, Mateo had a new name, new career, and new life.  In those eight years, he never stopped looking over his shoulder, never let his defenses slip, and never got close to anyone until he met Isaac Konners.  Konners was everything he wanted in a partner.  Getting close to Isaac would mean breaking his personal vow and endangering an innocent person.  Yet, Isaac wormed his way into his heart, took hold, and wouldn't let go.
In what appeared to be an inside job, Garceau escaped from a prisoner transport van and disappeared.  Several weeks later, a video played on every news channel.  A close-up of Garceau looking into the camera filled the screen.
"This video is for one person and one person only - Mateo Hachman.  I promised I'd get you no matter how long it took and now that I'm free of that f*cked up prison and those bullsh*t guards; I intend to keep my promise." 
Suddenly Mateo was pulled into the worst nightmare anyone could have imagined.  The one man who could and would find him was promising to do just that.  Revenge was strong with Garceau and his word was law.  He never broke his word.
Did he know where to look?  Did he know Mateo's new name?  What about his new looks?  And what about Isaac?  How could he protect Isaac from that lunatic?


I’ve always been a fan of books based on law enforcement and this one has an interesting twist. It’s the story told after the law enforcement agent has done his job after the undercover work is over.

Mateo Hachman is living a new life, one that comes with a new name and hopefully no more looking over his shoulder. As the person who went undercover and infiltrated the Proveedores Consortium, he is largely responsible for their demise. This operation is successful but comes with a price. Abraham Garceau is the muscle for PC’s leader and had sworn revenge.

Mateo is happily living a pretty quiet and somewhat lonely life and then he sees him. Isaac Konners is the man that may make Mateo fully start living again. He’s smart, his field of study is interesting, he’s handsome...he’s not the type of man you just walk away from. Mateo has to decide whether or not he could be endangering Isaac by being with him and if the choice is even his still to make. Isaac has gotten under his skin in a big way and without warning has become very important to him.

This was my first John Charles book and I really enjoyed it. I like the way he built the intrigue and the romance. John also does a really great job of establishing a friendship between his main characters that was really special. I love when you see a couple that just truly like being together and he gives us that. I love seeing “the sins of your past” coming back and how someone deals with that past as the person they’ve grown to be. Really good read and as someone who loves the idea of hiding in plain sight, this was a great book for me.

This was right up my alley! 


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