I agreed to read and review The Sacrificial Wolf by S. Richard Ehredt. This is his debut novel, the first of his Blood Trilogy, and I have to say that I really enjoyed the read. the book is a stand alone story so one does not feel that the story is unfinished. Though there is room for additional stories. The book is full of fast paced action and political intrigue set in the late 1980’s at a time when the U.S. declared a “War on Drugs.” I remember that declaration. This novel takes that war more than a step further, Mr. Ehredt took the idea and really ran with it. This book is a war on drugs on steroids!
The main character, Agent David Callen, is a spy and assassin working for the U.S. government. Political corruption goes to the highest levels and in David’s line of work few people can be trusted. The story takes you from Washington, DC to Columbia, Mexico, and Jamaica. The Sacrificial Wolf was exciting and captivated my attention from the very first chapter through to the very end. There are a number of twists in the story that kept me on the edge of my seat. At one point I was telling the characters, “no, no, you can’t do that he’s on your side.” I really was drawn into the story. There are heart pounding scenes, heart breaking scenes, and scenes that just made me angry.
The characters are well developed and the plot, though a little fantastic, is plausible and well written. I did not find any editing errors and the flow of the writing made it easy to read. This is an action packed, suspense thriller that is well worth reading. Though the subject matter is different, I am convinced that the quality of Mr. Ehredt’s book is as good as any Clancy novel I’ve ever read, and I’ve read several. I will definitely read the rest of the Blood Trilogy as it becomes available.
I give this a five star rating for the characters, plot and over all captivating writing.