Exit Strategy

Exit Strategy

Book - 2017
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Nick Mason has been given a true mission impossible: Infiltrate WITSEC, the top-secret federal witness-protection program that has never been compromised, locate the three men who put his boss Darius Cole behind bars for life, and kill them. As he risks everything to complete his mission, Mason finds himself being hunted by the very man he replaced, the ruthless assassin who once served, then betrayed, Darius Cole. Rather than waiting to be Mason's next victim, he has escaped witness protection to hunt down and kill Mason himself
Publisher: New York, New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399574382
Branch Call Number: FIC Hamilton, S 200.2 2017
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 03, 2017

As a 'adventure' novel, EXIT STRATEGY is a good read. I generally like Steve Hamilton - but I am turned off by the Nick Mason series after two books. Nothing is wrong with the writing per se. But, the core story of Nick as a capable operative who is being blackmailed to kill people (albeit bad guys in their own right) and who can't escape the trap he is in, is just is too deeply mired in a circular path of harsh violence. To his credit, Hamilton has created a character to who has a moral compass - for example, someone trying to keep his daughter and ex-wife alive and who works hard at avoiding collateral damage during his assassinations. But, I have trouble seeing how this capable character will ever escape that vicious cycle - especially since this book, by its title, was set up for him to make such an escape, only in the end to find out his controller was actually being controlled by someone else, who Mason is now beholden to. No more from this series for me.

Jun 11, 2017

I love the character Nick Mason. I could not wait to get this new book and read it. The story is well written and I couldn't wait to get to the end to see what would happen. Some characters died and I was glad; however some characters died and I was sad. I hope to see a new Nick Mason book out next year.

Good books don't give up all their secrets at once.

Jun 07, 2017

End of book so bad that it is my last Nick Mason book

May 10, 2017

I've been a long time fan of Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight series, so I was intrigued when the first Nick Mason book, The Second Life of Nick Mason was published. Nick Mason went to Supermax for a crime he had committed but he came to the attention and then the protection of Chicago crime boss Darius Cole. Cole arranged for Mason's sentence to be vacated. The price large, Cole now owned Mason body and soul. He also owned the soul of Nick's ex-wife and nine year old daughter.
So here we are to the second book. Which does not really do a great job of explaining the backstory. A bit more information would have made this a better read for those who are picking it up as a standalone.
Nick is now a hit-man for Darius Cole. Not a fun job to have on one's resume. Especially since he is going after Federally protected witnesses. Which puts him in direct conflict with the US Marshall's office. Not good. Besides having the of brains not wanting an entire federal agency devote the rest of their lives to running yo down, Nick has enough humanity left not to want to kill innocents.
Hamilton does a fabulous job in putting us on Mason's side. Especially since the people against him are decent upright women and men. But yes, we are rooting for Mason to kill some folks. Good writing there.
This is a book that tears along at break-neck speed. Exciting and action packed. It is the second book in a series that takes an unexpected direction.


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