Down Range: A Garrett Kohl Novel
William Morrow, 2021 (2021)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ere's an exciting debut,
, an action-packed military thriller, set in Afghanistan and in the High Plains of northwest Texas. It introduces former Green Beret Garrett Kohl, who is now a decorated DEA special agent.
he story opens on the kidnapping of ten-year-old Asadi Saleem - where and why? We have to read on to find out. Only three days earlier, we join Garrett in Afghanistan, where his team tackles opium production. After observing a village massacre - he rescues a fleeing child, Asadi.
nowing that the killers (probably corrupt factions in the Afghan government) might come after Asadi (a witness), CIA base chief Kim Manning asks Garrett to handle protective custody - in the U.S.. Garrett takes the boy home to the Kohl Ranch in Texas.
arrett's cantankerous father Butch gradually takes to Asadi, who picks up English fast. He re-connects with his brother Bridger, a lawyer who's concerned about threats from a drug cartel. Seems that Bridger might also have got himself involved in money laundering.
hildren are soon at risk, not only Asadi. Plenty of blood is spilled. The Kohl brothers ride to the rescue though it seems a forlorn hope, but it ends well with an unexpected rescue, a multimillion-dollar bonfire - and a new job for Garrett. I look forward to more of this fast moving, engrossing series.
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