Book Review : The Time To Kill by Mason Cross
Book review. The Time To Kill By Mason Cross.
The time to kill( titled Winterlong in some countries) is the third entry in the Carter Blake series. Following on from the killing season and the Samaritan. Both of which are brilliant. So , is this the difficult third album? No. Absoloutley fucking not.
It's been five years since Carter Blake parted ways with top-secret government operation Winterlong. They brokered a deal at the time: he'd keep quiet about what they were doing, and in return he'd be left alone.
But news that one of Blake's old allies, a man who agreed the same deal, is dead means only one thing - something has changed and Winterlong is coming for him.
Emma Faraday, newly appointed head of the secret unit, is determined to tie up loose ends. And Blake is a very loose end. He's been evading them for years, but finally they've picked up his trace. Blake may be the best there is at tracking down people who don't want to be found, but Winterlong taught him everything he knows. If there's anyone who can find him - and kill him - it's them.
The thing I like most about this plot is that Blake spends most of the time on the run from Winterlong and their agents. A greedy IT buff named Byrant , who gets dragged into the whole sorry mess when Blake tracks him down.
Blake and Byrant could not be more different so the two of them have an interesting dynamic that starts off with a scepticism and fear on Byrant’s part and then a sort of begrudging respect toward the end.
He also manages to get Blake to open up a little and spill a few details about what he got up to in his winterlong days. Which made interesting reading and makes me wish Cross would write a full blown prequel with Blake before he left winterlong.
As ever with the Blake books the chapters are fairly short making it an ideal beach read , which incidentally is where I actually read the thing.
The action is there’s no other word foe it. Sensational. Especially the Bond film esque train fight sequence.
All in the time to kill builds on the reputation of its predecessors for being a thumping good read.
If Mason Cross delivers belters like this time and time again Jack Reacher is going to have to watch his back.