'The Killing Season' is the debut book from Mason Cross. On looking at the title I pre-judged the booked and thought the book would be set in the wilderness, with the killer being a hunter. Whilst I was wrong about the setting, the killer was indeed a hunter, not of animals, but of people.
Blake is not dissimilar to Jack Reacher in that he too is ex-military, and now working to make the world a better place. However, he is even more mysterious than Reacher in that Blake is not even his real name. With few references to Blake's history, there is a lot more of this character to be revealed. And whilst it would be interesting to know what makes Blake tick, paradoxically I also feel that to know him too well will take away some of his appeal. For me, Cross has pitched it just right.
'The Killing Season', together with a plot that speeds along, is a great mix of intrigue, strong characters and a thrilling plot which reels you in from the first page. This debut has the feel of an author who is destined to become well practiced in producing best-selling thrillers.