Review

Hunting Season

by P. T. Deutermann

His
daughter Lynn is missing, and the FBI, with leads and time
exhausted, is putting the case on the back burner. Now it's time
for Edwin Kreiss to come out of retirement to find his daughter. A
former intelligence operative who specialized in tracking and
bringing in rogue agents, he has the knowledge and means necessary
--- if only the government will get out of his way.
Kreiss wasn't just retired, he was forced out. While "sweeping"
out a rogue agent, he uncovered evidence damaging to men in very
high places. When he left, an agreement was struck: They'll leave
his daughter alone as long as he doesn't become active in any way,
no private detective stuff, no nothing. Kreiss keeps the damaging
evidence to ensure they'll live up to their end of the bargain.
When his daughter goes missing, Kreiss has no choice but to become
the hunter once more; he's Lynn's last hope.
When
"they" find out Kreiss is active once more, under the elaborate
cover story of a bomb-making cell, they --- prominent people in
high places of various governmental agencies in danger of losing
everything from the evidence in Kreiss's possession --- put the FBI
back on the case, specifically Special Agent Janet Carter. A novice
in fieldwork, they feel sure she'll do as told. Naive about
fieldwork she may be, but Janet has one powerful character trait
they hadn't counted on: integrity. She won't play their game when
lines are crossed, especially when they send Misty to hunt Kreiss
and bring him in dead or alive, using Lynn as bait if necessary.
One lie after another is told as everyone plays out his or her own,
often secret, agenda.
"They" are surprised as anyone when the cover story proves to
be true, and Edwin is the their last best hope in preventing a
national tragedy --- but that doesn't mean Misty's orders will be
rescinded. Protecting secrets is the ultimate goal and that means
bringing Kreiss in, regardless of the consequences. From Virginia
to Washington, DC, hunter and hunted, Kreiss's time is running
out.
HUNTING SEASON is a riveting, action-packed political thriller.
The pace never lets up as you become immersed in the palace games
along with Kreiss and Carter. True to form, Deutermann develops
believable, powerful primary and secondary characters, adding
dimension to an intricate plot. The women are women of action, not
just window dressing, distinctive in their differences. Physical
action is described well; you can see it in your head as you read,
like watching a movie. I wouldn't be surprised to see this book
turned into a movie. Deutermann is one of the masters of political
and military thrillers, and HUNTING SEASON is one of his
best.

Reviewed by Jamie Engle, (Jengle4085@aol.com) on January 22, 2011

Hunting Season
by P. T. Deutermann

  • Publication Date: February 20, 2001
  • Genres: Fiction, Thriller
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN-10: 031226979X
  • ISBN-13: 9780312269791