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Arctic Ambush: The Flint Stryker Thriller Series - Book 2


Loved it! 😍

This second novella in the Flint Stryker series sees our bigmouth hero trapped in the frozen wilderness with a paid killer out to get him!

Arctic Ambush is the second book in the Flint Stryker series about an underachieving college student with special abilities who is recruited to a secretive black ops agency. I do recommend reading the first one, Lessons Learned, before starting this, as while you do get a bit of recap, it will all make a lot more sense if you know the background to how he got to Linchpin.

Flint finds himself alone, injured and hallucinating in the freezing Arctic wilderness on his first training mission with Linchpin, reflecting back on his months of brutal education at their hidden compound to a talking moose head. Despite his slacker party-boy history, Flint’s newfound motivation and superior fighting skills mean he was ready to take the next step in becoming an agent. It’s supposed to be an exercise, but things have gone wrong and a hired killer is out there waiting to strike...

As with the first book, this is very short (224 pages) and the bulk of it is flashbacks to Flint’s recent experiences, and also his childhood - we learn why he got his ridiculous name, and how his parents shaped his unconventional personality. This means there is very little actual action. I enjoyed it regardless, but I hope the later books will spend more time on mission and that we see more plot development and a full-length adventure. The writing was good although I picked up a few mistakes that must’ve slipped past the editor.

I was pleased to see that a couple of tough new female characters have been introduced - at least Flint only sleeps with one of them! I liked him a lot more in this one as he’s shed his self-pity and is discovering his strengths, including a kind heart - although he keeps letting his big mouth get him into trouble - especially with his fearsome instructor Eccles. Overall this was a fun addition to a series which doesn’t take itself too seriously, and I look forward to the next one. 

I received a free copy through the Reedsy Discovery programme in order to provide a review.

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I’m English but have lived in NZ for 19 years. I’ve always been a serious reader, and have been reviewing on GoodReads for years, but in the past few years have developed my reviewing through NetGalley and now Reedsy. I mostly read mysteries and thrillers, although enjoy other genres in between.

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About the author

A former NASA rocket scientist, private detective, government security operative, and Chris Pine look-alike, Allen Gregory comes by the adventurous lifestyle quite naturally. Both parents were assassins-for-hire and Gregory spent most of his childhood on the run from the CIA, MI6, and Interpol. JK view profile

Published on August 31, 2020

30000 words

Genre: Action & Adventure

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