The exhilarating new thriller from the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author takes readers on an action-packed thrill ride across rural Venezuela. The kidnappers are ruthless. The stakes are high. The odds are impossible. There’s no way Jonathan Grave can say no…
“[Gilstrap’s] greatest strength is the ability to blend breathtaking action with deep emotion regarding the characters.” —Jeffery Deaver
Henchmen of a vicious drug syndicate have snatched ten missionaries in a remote area of Venezuela and are holding them for ransom. The high-priority rescue op comes as a personal plea from FBI Director Irene Rivers, who has a very special interest in one of the hostages. The mission is strictly off the books, and there can be no international incident. Just get in and get out—and keep the precious cargo safe.
With his key operatives Gunslinger and Boxers, Grave infiltrates the enemy camp. Right away, the rescue mission morphs into something far more dangerous—not just to Jonathan and his team, but to the whole world.
About the Author
John Gilstrap is the New York Times bestselling author of award-winning action novels including the Jonathan Grave Thrillers and the Victoria Emerson Thrillers. A master of action-driven suspense, he’s touted as one of the most accomplished writers on the planet and his books have been translated into more than 20 languages. He is the recipient of an International Thriller Writers’ Award for Against All Enemies and a two-time ITW Award finalist. He also won the ALA Alex Award for Nathan’s Run, which was optioned for film by Warner Bros. A nationally recognized weaponry and explosives safety expert, John Gilstrap frequently speaks at conferences, events, clubs, youth programs, and military bases. He is a former firefighter and EMT with a master’s degree in safety from the University of Southern California and a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. John lives in Fairfax, Virginia and can be found online at JohnGilstrap.com.
Praise for John Gilstrap’s Jonathan Grave Thrillers
“Gilstrap’s dazzling creativity is on full display in this intense, tightly focused thriller; the books just keep getting better and better.” —Mystery Scene on Lethal Game
“Rocket-paced suspense.” —Jeffery Deaver
“Gilstrap will leave you breathless.” —Harlan Coben
“When you pick up a Gilstrap novel, one thing is always true—you are going to be entertained at a high rate of speed.” —Suspense Magazine on Final Target
“Propulsive…Not everyone survives the final confrontation, but series fans can rest assured that Grave will fight again. Straightforward plotting, amped-up action, and amusing banter keep the pages turning.” —Publishers Weekly on Total Mayhem
“In the scintillating Scorpion Strike, the ever-reliable John Gilstrap may well have fashioned the best Die Hard-esque tale ever not starring Bruce Willis…Scorpion Strike reads like an 1980s action movie unspooling in our imaginations. Relentlessly paced as well as brilliantly told and constructed, this is as good as thrillers get.” —The Providence Journal
“John Gilstrap has been on a roll the past few years, delivering action-packed thrillers that stand out for a number of reasons. Gilstrap seems to zig when everyone else zags. While other writers are focusing on beating headlines and having their series protagonists face off with Russia and/or North Korea, Gilstrap has kept his storylines fresh and unique.” —The Real Book Spy on Total Mayhem
“The series deserves attention from anyone who enjoys plot-driven thrillers…the stories are first rate and the action is thrilling.” —Booklist on Scorpion Strike
“If you like Vince Flynn and Brad Thor, you’ll love John Gilstrap.” —Gayle Lynds
“Fast paced and well plotted…should go down well with fans looking mainly for action.” —Booklist on Final Target
“Filled with action, political intrigue, and raw heroism.” —Publishers Weeklyon Final Target
“If you only read one book this summer, make sure it’s Friendly Fire, and be ready to strap yourself in for the ride of your life.” —Suspense Magazine
“Gilstrap’s prose is the taut, fast-moving stuff of the best of action novels.” —Northern Virginia Magazine