Tuesday, September 1, 2015

#Review - Blood Moon Rising by Mark Dawson (Thriller)

Series: Beatrix Rose # 2
Format: E-Galley, 224 pages 
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Thriller

Ten years ago, Beatrix Rose headed an off-the-books hit squad to carry out the dirty work of the British government. When she discovered that the commander of the squad was corrupt, he sent five of his assassins to rub her out. But they failed. Bad mistake.

There were six names on Beatrix’s Kill List. Two have been accounted for, and she has number three in her sights. But Bryan Duffy is in Iraq, surrounded by mercenaries, and there’s no easy way for Beatrix to get to him and no easy way to get out.

Blood Moon Rising is the second installment in the Beatrix Rose trilogy, or as I like to call it, Kill Bill: Volume 3. As a summary, ten years ago Beatrix Rose was at the top of her game and called number one by the group known as Group Fifteen. She carried out off the books dirty work for a man called Control. When she discovered that Control was corrupt, five of his assassins were sent out to kill her. They ended up killing her husband instead and left Beatrix without her daughter Isabella for the 8 long years that she was hiding out in Hong Kong. Bad mistake. There were six names on Beatrix’s Kill List. Two have been accounted for: Oliver Spenser was eliminated in Russia (Reading Ghosts, a John Milton thriller would be helpful), while Joshua Joyce was killed in Somalia (See In Cold Blood which you must read before Blood Moon Rising).

As Blood Moon Rising opens, Beatrix is hunting down her third target in Lydia Chisholm, and really doesn't mess around playing games with her. Lydia somehow survived 10 years ago after Beatrix stabbed her, but not this time. Moving on to her fourth target, Bryan Duffy, is a bit more complicated. He just happens to be in Iraq surrounded by mercenaries working for a group called Manage Risk. While in Iraq, Beatrix is asked by Captain Michael Pope to help get Mackenzie West out of the country so he can testify to Manage Risks activities in Iraq. 

On the personal front, Beatrix is dying of cancer, and there is pretty much nothing anyone can do to save her. The only question for readers is whether or not Dawson is going to allow her to finish her road to vengeance, or will he allow someone else to pick up her mantle and run with it. If you know who I talking about, please don't spoil it for others. I dare say that things could have been a whole lot more interesting had Dawson explored a bit of a relationship with Captain Michael Pope, who has become the new Control of Group Fifteen. Pope has become an ally, and a provider of supplies for Beatrix. He's also trying to make sure that her actions don't blow back on him, or his group.

Blood Moon Rising takes Beatrix from Marrakesh, to London, to Iraq. Once again, Dawson's very British dialogue takes some getting used to. As with the previous installment, I recommend having access to the internet handy so that you know what he's referring to. Next up: Blood and Roses, the final installment in the trilogy. Will Beatrix finally get her man? Or, will time run out on her road to vengeance?

**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

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