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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Vengeful Son: Book 1 of the Masterson Files is an action thriller written by Andrew Allen Smith. Over the years, Jonathan Michael Masterson’s skill as a sniper and operative had been in some demand by both governments and private parties, but something happened to make him decide to close that chapter in his life for good. He was now enjoying a quiet and peaceful existence on the 700-acre spread of unspoiled wilderness he had found in the Appalachian Mountains. He lived there with his girlfriend, Abby, who seemed to be his perfect complement. Their idyllic retreat, however, was suddenly rendered unsafe after Michael made the decision to answer his doorbell. Madison was Michael’s ex-girlfriend as well as a close friend of Abby, and she was there to ask Michael to help her rescue her mother from the North Koreans. She had managed to wangle the address of his retreat out of Michael’s aunt, but she had been careless in her haste. First, there was the warning telephone message placed by an anonymous well-wisher, then there were the four men trying to stealthily approach the house.
Andrew Allen Smith’s action thriller novel, Vengeful Son: Book 1 of the Masterson Files, is a fast-paced and exciting story about vengeance, betrayal and one man’s attempt to leave his past behind. Smith’s characters are well-defined and authentic, especially Michael and Abby, and his story is intricate and well-plotted. I particularly enjoyed the underlying mystery that drives the story and had fun trying to figure out who or what was behind the action being taken against Michael, and whether he and Abby would survive. Vengeful Son is a taut, suspenseful and well-written thriller; it’s most highly recommended.