by Mike Cooper
Silas Cade is not your ordinary financial auditor who investigates company fraud. He’s the guy you call in when you need some serious juice. Former special operations Cade gets in, finds what needs to be found by whatever means necessary. In Full Ratchet, Cade’s latest job takes him to Pittsburgh to look into some hinky bookkeeping by a small company that makes seismic detectors. Cade works his way through the company in short order to find the problem but afterward is followed to his motel. And his residence in Manhatten is broken into. Cade is now a target and to save himself, he has to find out the truth behind curtain. Russian mobsters and an attractive assassin, however, want a different outcome. Oh, and let’s not forget one other issue with which Cade had to contend…his long lost brother.
Sometimes, you just need a bullet ridden, explosive, car crashing story and this one fills the bill. Cade’s CPA work hides in the back seat in short order as Cade runs into problems from the get-go. I like his style of ferreting out the wrong-doers in the Pittsburgh company. This story throws Cade into a puzzle and he has to work his way through the minimal clues to find the answers. While avoiding guns aimed at him at nearly every turn.
Silas Cade: financial auditor, owns a Sig Sauer P226, grew up in New Hampshire, foster child, former military, lives in NewYork
Dave Ellins: Cade’s older brother, foster child, owns a welding shop, race car driver, was in prison for auto theft
Harmony: blonde, assassin
There’s not much details on the characters. A little background on Cade and Ellins, but that’s okay. You’re not here for deep emotional issues and a character driven story. This is an action thriller, so the characters stay, relatively, surface. I like Cade’s slick, cynical attitude. He’s knowledgeable and his past military experience comes through. Ellins I also like because of his driving skills.
Pretty standard. Cade’s voice as well as his friends come through pretty well. Conversations stay on point and aren’t lengthy.
First person from Cade’s POV. Profanity. Some good cynical humor. Fast action, minimal descriptions just to get you into the picture without going into long details. The book reads like Cade is telling you a story of what happened last week during a car ride you and he are taking. Quick points, then moving on. I thought a bit about this because my original inclination was to give it a blue, but because of the different type of story (I mean, a CPA with a gun, for heaven’s sake), I’ll bump it up one rank to: