Bishop's Law

Bishop Series Book 2

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
486 Pages
Reviewed on 09/16/2020
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Reviewed by Gobi Jane for Readers' Favorite

Bishop's Law is the second book in the Bishop Series by Rafael Amadeus Hines and it is a fast-paced, rollicking ride for those who enjoy action thrillers. Special Forces Sgt. John Bishop is in deep water again, and even if he wants to spend time with Maria, his childhood sweetheart and wife, now pregnant for six months, he is pulled into a war he never asked for. This time, the war is against a powerful billionaire, warlords from Afghanistan where he has served and where he has left his unit of elite fighters, contract killers, and terrorists. He has a strong ally, Gonzalo Valdez, his uncle and a crime boss, and a team he has worked with before. With mounting tension and the enemies becoming deadlier as days go by, does John stand a chance this time?

This is a riveting story with a plot filled with twists. Fans of military novels will be thrilled as they follow the story. There is so much in the plot and John suffers a personal loss as well. Readers encounter radicalized Americans, an elite fighting team moving in to support a comrade, compelling characters like Nestor, Felix, Bunny, and a host of others. The danger that Rafael Amadeus Hines creates in this thriller is real and the protagonist is a character that readers will adore. He is intelligent, strong, and skilled, bringing into the fight his military training and experience. Bishop's Law is fast-paced and packed with action. There is something intriguing on every page and readers find themselves rooting for the protagonist and watching his every move. It is a work of superb entertainment and I loved every bit of it.

Ruffina Oserio

Bishop's Law is the second book in the Bishop Series by Rafael Amadeus Hines, a story that follows very compelling characters as they set out on a mission to destroy terrorism and crime. US Special Forces Sgt. John Bishop and his team, together with his uncle, Gonzalo Valdez, a crime boss, face deadly enemies in this installment. A psychopathic millionaire, terrorists, and warlords are a few of what they have to deal with. With Maria, his six months pregnant childhood sweetheart who has waited for him while he was deployed in Iraq, John should be preparing for a beautiful family life, but he is pulled into another war. Can he and his team pull this one off?

Readers are introduced to elaborately developed characters and each fits squarely into their role. From the members of the Razor Team to the crime boss family, to powerful enemies like the Khan and many others, readers encounter fearless fighters and characters with well-explored backgrounds. The writing is just superb and I loved how Rafael Amadeus Hines provides background information on the characters without having readers distracted in any way. The plot is cunningly written and the entire story is punctuated by intense action, with international settings in the US and Iraq. There is a lot of fighting, the kind you watch on screen. Here we are talking about pulse-pounding action, and the author’s terrific descriptions of scenes got me going from page to page, following the characters through difficult situations. Bishop's Law is a well-crafted military thriller that had me rooting for the characters. It is a really fun read.

Vincent Dublado

The second book in Rafael Amadeus Hines’ action-packed thriller series, Bishop’s Law continues with another gripping adventure. This time, the story begins when a terrorist by the name of Warid Saif is captured in Mosul, Iraq. He makes a forced confession that there will be another terrorist attack in New York City. “John Bishop. First, we kill him, then we blow up New York,” he confesses under the plea of no torture. This reunites Johnny Bishop with his comrades. Despite entering a new stage in his life with his wife Maria pregnant, his vow to put his violent past behind him will prove to be short-lived. We reunite with the same set of impressive characters facing a new threat as well as meeting new ones like Chao Chen Goh. ISIS, Pakistani assassins, and the Russian mob are thrown into the fray, and with the blessing of the US president, John will launch another all-out war against terror in the interests of national security.

It is good to know that this sequel is ready for anyone anticipating Johnny Bishop’s next adventure. Much like its predecessor, Bishop’s Law will make you gasp for breath from the non-stop action. Its fast-paced storytelling doesn’t feel rushed, but rather helps to sustain the reader’s eagerness for the end game. There’s a bit of a Tom Clancy style in addressing military tech here, and some readers might find it saturated with military acronyms and specifications of weaponry. Some, however, might find it informative and gives dimension to the genre. If you are spending a lot of time in self-imposed quarantine, reading this novel will give you that much-needed adrenalin rush.

Jose Cornelio

Bishop's Law is the second book in the Bishop Series by Rafael Amadeus Hines, and those who enjoy terrorist thrillers will love it. US Special Forces Sgt. John Bishop has had enough troubles with terrorists and this time, he is embroiled with ISIS, assassins, and the Russian mob. On his side is an elite team of fighters who have been with him in Afghanistan and his enigmatic crime boss uncle, Gonzalo Valdez. The story follows a cast of rock-solid characters enmeshed in a fight to root out the worst enemies.

This is a story from a master of pulse-pounding action, good storytelling about standing up against evil. I love the way the characters are written and John Bishop is so well-developed that readers can see how the conflict affects him and his family. First, he has Maria, his wife, who worked hard to get to where she is: an MBA from Columbia and a determined climb from VP to managing director in just eight years. Then they find out she is pregnant, and after their wedding, John breaks the news that they are still in danger and she has to leave her job. The conflict is multilayered and the protagonist and his team fight a war on different fronts. The relationships between the characters are well-explored and the way Rafael Amadeus Hines handles these relationships helps in elevating the level of realism in the writing. Bishop's Law is a fast-paced, rollicking thriller with fascinating characters, and a strong plot and themes. I found it to be very entertaining. There is a lot of action and a lot of blood, too.

Rabia Tanveer

Bishop's Law is the second book in the Bishop Series by Rafael Amadeus Hines. Continuing the adventure of John Bishop, Bishop’s Law opens a new world of terror and twists for readers to enjoy. Bishop made a lot of enemies when he was in the military and they all wanted a piece of him now that he was no longer a part of the Special Forces. While he was anticipating becoming a father, he was also helping his Valdez mafia family fight the Russian mafia. But that was the least of his worries as some of the most dangerous assassins were after him. They wanted him dead and Bishop was not ready to die. Was there anything this war hero could do to keep himself and his family safe? Or was his return to normal life doomed from the beginning?

This action-packed story sucked me in right from the first and had me holding on until the end. The plot was complicated, it was layered with meaningful sub-plots and had well-developed characters to move the story forward. Bishop’s development arc was phenomenal, he got used to “civilian” life at his own pace, he allowed himself some breathing room and overall made sure the reader was aware of his dilemmas. His involvement in the Valdez mafia family was very well depicted and the chase against multiple antagonists was incredibly detailed and explained. The action was unrelenting yet well-placed; there was more of an actual plot in this action thriller than most such novels do. I enjoyed Bishop's Law by Rafael Amadeus Hines a lot!