Red Tiger by Sean Black (Ryan Lock #9)

The winner of the 2018 International Thriller Writers Award returns with his latest explosive thriller featuring ex-military bodyguard Ryan Lock and his business partner, retired US Marine, Ty Johnson.

When the daughter of a Chinese billionaire is kidnapped from her mansion in Arcadia, California, Ryan and Ty find themselves caught in the middle of a vicious standoff.

Emily Yan is a Chinese ‘parachute kid’, one of thousands of children sent to study in America by their ultra-wealthy parents. Living in a multi-million dollar mansion in Arcadia, California with her hard-partying cousin Charlie, it’s not long before their ostentatious displays of wealth attract the wrong sort of attention in the form of some MS-13 gang members.

But someone else has been looking for Emily, a shadowy figure from back home known only as The Red Tiger. Two very different worlds collide in this explosive new thriller from Sean Black as Ryan Lock and his business partner, wise-cracking US Marine Ty Johnson, set out to save Emily from a violent tug of war between two deadly forces; the brutal members of America’s most dangerous gang, and an equally determined Chinese enforcer called the Red Tiger.

My Rating: 4/5

My Review: It’s been WAY too long since I have delved back into my superhero of fictional characters Ryan Lock’s life. This is the ninth book in the series and we are back with Ryan and his colleague Ty. These two are absolutely meant to work together and as much as I enjoyed the last short story featuring Ty on his own, they are so much more engaging when they are working side by side.

Emily the daughter of a Chinese Billionaire and her cousin have been kidnapped so Ryan and Ty are called in to help find them. The only problem is they seem to have been taken by the brutally and well known violent gang MS-13. On the opposite side of the story it seems there is another person also interested in finding Emily and at first there is no clear cut reason why.

This story was fabulous and kept me turning the pages until late into the night. One element which has slightly changed is the fact that Ryan now has a lady in his life and it’s amusing to see how that changes the dynamic of Ryan and Ty’s friendship. I also liked the addition of Carl Galante who featured in a previous book and thought he was a great addition to both Ryan and Ty.

There is plenty of pace in this book and it build up as the story continues. The story of the other man chasing Emily is slowly revealed making it even more tense for all those involved. In short this was another 5 star read and in truth Sean Black can do no wrong in my eyes. This is one of my favourite series and have enjoyed each and every book that has been released. It’s clear Sean Black knows his stuff and I can only hope this series continues for years to come. Hugely recommended and although it could be read as a stand alone, this series is too good to start here. So if you are interested do yourself a favour and go back to the first book and work your way through…I promise you wont be dissapointed

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