Cold Justice: The Sunday Times bestselling thriller (Mallory)
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I started this book without any expectations but was pleasantly surprised by the beginning: I liked Mallory a lot more than I expected to like a thriller hero. Mallory is the kind of man that is so sure of his capabilities and masculinity that doesn't need to put others down and that is sadly unusual in a lot of thrillers. "Cold Justice" features not only a diverse cast of characters but several female characters that are interesting and dangerous on their own without being sexualized. In his wildly popular Sky One series, 'Straight Talking,' Ant embarks on thrilling road trips with renowned personalities such as Liam Payne and Rebel Wilson, delving beneath the surface to connect with his guests like never before, creating unforgettable and intimate journeys. Throw in a kidnapping, gun fights, a chase through alligator territory and a final showdown, this a thrill ride from beginning to end. And the ending sets up a twist that will no doubt be the main storyline for the next book. But there's just something missing. It's not quite there, the elusive element that doesn't make me fully invested into the story.
This leads to Mallory going to South Africa, to the place where Scott was last seen, and try to find out where he is and if he is in danger. Short chapters which personally I like, very suspenseful and encourages you to read on. Mallory feels he owes this manhunt to Donno's mum, and the search for Scott reveals many different twists and turns. Scott and Donno's dad died in a tragic accident a little while before Donno got hurt, could the death of Bartho and Scott's disappearance be connected? This is what Mallory has to find out, when he realises all it not as it first seemed. Scott has got himself involved in something he shouldn't and Mallory has to uncover the facts and find him.This is not a genre I would normally read, however it was offered on pigeonhole, and the author is from my city, so I couldn't resist it. Chris Ryan, Andy McNab, Bear Grylls, are the most recognisable former SAS who've turned fiction writers. Joining them is Ant Middleton best known for channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins.
What I liked the most about this book was that this was not the typical thriller where some tragedy the hero could do nothing to avoid happened and that is used as a reason for him be some masculine fantasy of what a "real man" is supposed to be. Mallory found himself in a position where he had to do an impossibly difficult decision and has to live with the consequences. Cold Justice" is an extremely unsettling and exciting book not because of what happens in it but because of who the author is. Ant Middleton has been a staple of British television for a few years now but before that, he led an extremely successful career in some of the most elite military groups in the UK Armed Forces. He's pretty much what most men wish to be. Everything I knew about Ant though, I learnt from watching this Russel Howard interview which was enough to see that he put a lot of himself into Mallory's struggles after getting off duty.
SYNOPSIS: Mallory, a former member of the special forces, is burnt out. After a mission to grab a High Value Target (hvt) goes wrong, Mallory consumed by guilt, is drifting through life with no purpose. He spends his time visiting a brother in arms who was injured in the aforementioned mission. While visiting at the hospital, Mallory is approached by the fellow soldiers mother. She wants Mallory to find her other son who has gone missing in South Africa. Can Mallory find redemption, a new purpose, were he will need every ounce of training, to rescue his friends brother, and get out alive. After he starts investigating in Johannesburg, Mallory realises it is definitely something more than a drugs/gang thing or simple kidnapping. We follow Mallory across three continents as he races to discover the truth and save his friend's family. It’s here: the landmark debut thriller from superstar Ant Middleton, million-selling, number one Sunday Times author of First Man In and The Fear Bubble and star of SAS: Who Dares Wins.
Meet Mallory, ex Special Forces soldier, a man with baggage and a temper. He’s seen a lot in his time in the forces and believe you me, it’s traumatic. But now he’s looking for a missing man and the local police aren’t the most helpful… missing adult men don’t seem to be treated as a concern.Beyond the screen, Ant mesmerises audiences across the UK and Australia with his electrifying live show, 'Mind Over Muscle.' This captivating performance delves into Ant's remarkable life in the military, his unique training techniques, and the invaluable experiences that have equipped him to conquer any obstacle life throws his way. Welcome to the exhilarating world of Ant, a beloved figure renowned for his mastery of extreme adventure and his unwavering commitment to fostering a positive mindset. With a remarkable career in the UK's elite forces, including the Marines, 9 Parachute Squadron, and Special Boat Service, Ant's journey is nothing short of extraordinary. Cold Justice is Ant Middleton’s debut fiction novel which features a former special forces operator by the name of Mallory who is flooded by his own self guilt. He has anger issues and isn’t a guy to mess with.