Abel Yeager is dead broke, down on his luck, and suffering from a serious case of what-the-hell-does-it-matter. His transition from active Marine to stateside long-haul trucker hit a wicked speed bump when his rig was involved in a wreck that claimed the life of a pregnant woman and laid him up for several months.
Back at work but deeply in debt, Yeager meets bookstore owner Charlie Buchanan in St. Louis and jumps at the chance to haul a load of remainder books to Austin for her. On the way south, a crew of truck thieves tracks his every move. But none of them know what Charlie’s ex has smuggled inside the book pallets, who he stole it from, or how far the owner will go to get it back. Charlie’s the first person Yeager has cared about in a long time, but as their bond deepens, so does the danger they’re in.
With enemy forces closing in, Yeager battles greed, corruption, and his own fatalism in a bid to hold true to Yeager’s First Law: come home at the end of the day.
Yeager is an ex-marine trying to make a go of his trucking company. He gets tangled up in a high-jacking and is saved by Charlie, an Austin, TX book store owner. This unlikely pair ends up in the middle of a major smuggling ring and the danger gets hotter as their relationship turns up the heat.
I officially have a new “book boyfriend”!! Yeager is one hot character. He is a blend of Leroy Jethro Gibbs from NCIS and my other “book boyfriend”, Jack Reacher. This strong, silent type marine keeps the pages turning with his escapades.
The only issue I had with this novel is Charlie. She made a few decisions that I really cannot see a mother making. I know this increased the anticipation throughout the novel, just seemed a little unreal. However, this is just a minor flaw and she and Yeager have a great chemistry going. This story, with the right actors, could make a fabulous movie.
This fast-paced thriller kept me up past my bedtime. I hope there is a sequel or another novel with Yeager as a character.
Scott Bell has over 25 years of experience protecting the assets of retail companies. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice from North Texas State University.
With the kids grown and time on his hands, Scott turned back to his first love—writing. His short stories have been published in
The Western Online, Cast of Wonders, and in the anthology, Desolation.
When he’s not writing, Scott is on the eternal quest to answer the question: What would John Wayne do?
Author’s Blog – http://snapshooter4hire.com/