Eyes in the Cave

Eyes in the Cave

Sequel to The Kirov Wolf

Fiction - Thriller - General
198 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2017
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Reviewed by Darryl Greer for Readers' Favorite

Eyes in the Cave is the fifth in the Detective Pete Nazareth series by author R.H. Johnson. For those who’ve read the fourth in the series, The Kirov Wolf, this story follows on from its ending. Dalton Stark, once the CIA’s top spy and a one time friend of Nazareth, is the world’s most dangerous man. He’s escaped, he’s on the run, and there is no way he’s wasting another day of his life behind bars. Such is the concern the US president, Roland Armstrong, has for the nation’s — and the world’s — peace with this man roaming free, he has enlisted the help of Nazareth and his wife, Tara Gimble, whose detective skills are beyond legendary, to track him down.

Nazareth and Gimble, much to the chagrin of the nation’s top spooks, are to report directly to the president. Having planned years in advance for the day when he might need such a hiding place, Stark has set himself up inside a cave in Maine’s Acadia National Park with communication and other gadgets that would impress 007 himself. He knows he cannot remain there long, especially when he discovers that Nazareth and Gimble are on the case, so he plans to escape to Canada with the help of some equally shady characters. The intrepid detectives suspect he is in the area, but need help from the local constabulary. They can get it, provided they help out with a couple of local crimes, including a series of murders that have been perplexing the locals. There’s no shortage of murder and mayhem as Nazareth and Gimble move closer to their quarry. But will they get their man? The answer is not as cut and dried as you might think.

As with The Kirov Wolf, R.H. Johnson gets his latest Nazareth thriller off to a cracking start. There’s drama from beginning to end. Move over, David Baldacci, you’ve got company! Although a fictional work, Eyes in the Cave draws some interesting analogies with current day reality — a so-called “right wing” US president, a belligerent North Korean president, recalcitrant Russians. They’re all there. And of course all the usual suspects: psychopathic serial killers, small time local crooks, international spies completely devoid of moral values, SWAT teams and every type of law enforcer in the country. As the story nears its finale, there is one surprise after another. It’s a relief to stop and take a breath at the final period. Highly recommended for lovers of thrillers.

Romuald Dzemo

Eyes in the Cave: Sequel to The Kirov Wolf by R.H. Johnson is the book for anyone looking for espionage, compelling detective stories, and fiction that reads so well it sticks in the mind. Here is a story that powerfully showcases political intrigue, spy work, and a cast of exceptional characters immersed in a deadly game that will keep the reader excited throughout the story. Dalton Stark was the best spy the CIA has ever produced, but now he’s on the run, and Pete Nazareth and Tara Gimble, both NYPD detectives, are running out of time trying to track him down. Things just get even more complicated when assassins, Russian spies, and a missile launch from North Korea become part of the already deadly equation.

R.H. Johnson is a rare find. I have never read anything about this author, but he has produced a gem of a political thriller, with a beguiling plot and characters that are (what can I call them?) sticky, and I mean it in the strictest sense of the term. Readers get pulled in by these realistic characters that they want to follow through their every hell and thrill. The setting is beautifully captured so that the reader can feel the strong hurricane and can visualize its devastating impact. The descriptions of sites and objects are wonderfully executed and the reader can so easily feel like they are part of an intense and intoxicating drama. Eyes in the Cave: Sequel to The Kirov Wolf offers intense action in a plot that takes readers to strange and unexpected places. I couldn’t stop reading this thriller once I started, and each chapter only prepares the reader for more intense action and surprises. It’s a real page-turner.

Sefina Hawke

Eyes in the Cave (Sequel to The Kirov Wolf) by R.H. Johnson is a fiction thriller and the fifth book in the Detective Pete Nazareth series. This is a book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of mature young adults and adults who have enjoyed the previous books in the Detective Pete Nazareth series, and who do not mind minor violence and limited profanity. Pete Nazareth and Tara Gimble are both former NYPD detectives who have teamed up in order to track down a man by the name of Dalton Stark, who used to be the CIA’s top spy. Their mission takes them to the vacation paradise known as Maine's Mount Desert Island. Will Pete Nazareth and Tara Gimble succeed in their mission, or will a missile launch and assassins distract them from their true mission?

Eyes in the Cave (Sequel to The Kirov Wolf) by R.H. Johnson had an intriguing cover that hinted at a man on the run, and an island for a setting, yet those hints on the cover in no way prepared me for the thrills inside the book. This was an action packed thriller that reminded me a lot of the TV series 24, with how it was a race against the clock for the former detectives to get their man. I loved how R.H. Johnson always kept the plot moving forward and avoided any slow or dull moments, as there was always a surprise or a twist just the turn of a page away. My favorite character was Tara Gimble because I felt that I was able to sympathize and empathize with her character the most. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I plan to go back and read the previous books in the series!