When former CIA agent Christopher Wren picks a fight in a biker bar in Utah, the gang beat him up and steal his truck. But Wren likes to help people and having stolen one of the biker’s wallets, he sets off to pump the guy for information—information that will give him a chance to take revenge on the gang and maybe do some good into the bargain. Thing is, there’s something going on that Wren doesn’t know about and that something is about to throw him into a whole heap of trouble.
This is the first book in the Christopher Wren Vigilante series, and it gets off to a cracking start. With a protagonist who is part Jack Reacher, part anti-hero (with a penchant for rehabilitating offenders), he even has his own cult of former delinquents he can call on for help. The story zips along at a good rate, with lots of shooting, punching and generally sorting out the bad guys, which is nice. However, there is a slightly unreal quality to the hero in that he appears to be pretty much indestructible. While this may be fine for the likes of Captain Scarlet, it’s harder to believe with an actual human being—how Wren doesn’t die several times over is little short of amazing. Having said that, I loved the story and the whole set up with Wren’s Foundation is clever and original, the gradually unfolding backstory letting us into how the guy ended up this way.
A fast-moving thriller with a curiously interesting protagonist.
About Mike Grist
Mike Grist is the British/American author of the Christopher Wren thriller series. For 11 years Mike lived in Tokyo, Japan, exploring and photographing the dark side of the city and the country: gangs, cults and abandonedplaces. Now he writes from London, UK, about rogue DELTA operator Christopher Wren – an anti-hero vigilante who uses his off-book team of ex-cons to bring brutal payback for dark crimes.
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