Genre: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Supernatural
“A series of gruesome, costumed vigilante assaults in the Five Burroughs has the homicide department working overtime trying to find, apprehend, and bring to justice those responsible. But in spite of their best efforts, these attacks increase in frequency and brutality, leaving few witnesses and even fewer clues, forcing the investigators to think the unthinkable. Could it actually be the work of a single superhuman, if not supernatural being?”
I have also reviewed these other titles by Robert Leonard:
The Alexander Gambit (book 1)
The Man Who Stole the Moon (Alexander Gambit book 2)
Flight of Angels (Alexander Gambit book 3)
Hunter (book 1)
This book was very immersive. Everything, even down to the supernatural aspects, felt so real. The author clearly has experience in the military field or has done some excellent research. There is enough action, suspense, and intriguing turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.
The story begins with an eerie crime scene which has those involved baffled. Even seasoned pros can’t seem to wrap their head around what happened. Of course this doesn’t keep them from trying and they soon start theorizing super soldiers, government experiments, and conspiracies.
It alternates between focusing on the task force assigned to the case and those experiences of the dark vigilante who is later named as The Wraith. I know my explanation of the plot isn’t doing it justice, but bear with me.
Our vigilante super-soldier, grim reaper, or whatever it may be, not only has incredible capabilities such as inhuman speed, strength, and a weapon which by all accounts cannot exist, it is revealed through the chapters focused on its thoughts to be able to alter its very mind, DNA, and even manipulate the atmosphere around it.
The Wraith gives the reader scattered details about its past and how it came to be, but in the end the questions remain: What the hell is he (or it)? What’s his true purpose? How much of what he says is true and will he become victim to his own powers? These questions I’m sure will be answered in the sequel or future books.
One detail I found most attractive was the Wraith’s creation of his alter-ego. More or less, he consciously created a split-personality within himself so that his own moral compass would not affect the brutality needed for his master plan to work. Part of this was to make his voice sound like a chorus of soldiers and veterans, come back from the grave to protect their country from the inside out.
If you’re a fan of vigilantes, antiheros, mystery, the super-human, military, or simply crime thrillers in general, you HAVE to take a look at “The Wraith.”
**Post Note: The sequel is set to come out soon & also available now is “The Alexander Gambit Trilogy”which gives more details about the Wraith character.
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~Sahreth ‘Baphy’ Bowden
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