Dan Willis is a well paid and well trained assassin for the United States government. At least that part seems to be true as this complex thriller starts. He believes he is working for a super secret part of the United States government, Homeland Protection, on missions to take out insurgents living in this country. Sleeper style agents working for the enemy and plotting horrendous acts against targets inside the United States. Having done three tours with the army including being part of things in the first Gulf War killing the enemy abroad as well as at home isn’t an issue.
Homeland Protection built upon his skill set making sure that he could accomplish a variety of tasks as well as making a hit look like a naturally caused death or suicide. Dan Willis is very good at his job and his latest target, Brian Schoefield, is to be his twenty-fourth kill.
Dan’s only flaw, especially from a supervisor stand point, is that he thinks too much. As he tracks his latest target Dan slowly realizes that the target is not an insurgent in any way, shape, or form. Not only does he not seem to be any threat at all he fits a pattern of recent targets who seem to share the same profile in that they were not really threats either. They seem to be average fellow citizens who are not doing anything but going about their innocent daily lives. That leads to questions and asking questions is not part of the job description. A job that one does not walk away from and live to tell about it.
Broken into three distinct sections reflecting its previous publication status, The Interloper by Dave Zeltserman is a thriller for the modern era when everyone at home and abroad is a possible threat to national security as well as peace and stability. Using an all too plausible premise where certain individuals within our government have decided to have some of their fellow citizens eliminated, the author spins a complex and fast moving tale of intrigue and deceit. Unlike many thrillers published today, the characters involved here are fleshed out in detail. The primary characters especially are fully formed human beings and not card board cutouts.
The tale itself is complicated and multifaceted in both the primary and secondary story lines. A mix of psychological nuance and guns blazing action, The Interloper is a very good read that also makes you think as well while Dan Willis tries to stay alive thanks to a job you can’t just walk away from and live.
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Kevin R. Tipple ©2014