Once more, John is working with FBI Deputy Director Byron DeWitt, and the question he wants answered is a perennial favorite. “Are terrorists behind all this?”
Other possible suspects are Native Americans and two feuding Silicon Valley tech billionaires who were among the last people to see the Super Chief off from L.A.’s Union Station.
All trails lead to the one place John swore he’d never go: the reservation where he was born. Looks like a good place to avoid, too, when John learns his grandmother has put out a hit on him.
What I liked: As with many of my favorite books, I loved the characters. Give me a well written, intriguing character and I can get through most books. In the John Tall Wolf Series, I not only get the characters, but the political plotting and the suspense. The suspense is not always a paper cut out either.
I also enjoy the characters crossing over from his other series because Mr. Flynn surprises you with additional background information or motivation on those characters.
Who could steal/hijack a Super Chief Train and make it disappear? That's the dilemma in Super Chief. John becomes the investigator because well, Indians might or might not be involved. He's a newly promoted co-director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) but he made a deal to steal be able to personally work some cases. The funny thing about John, he's never spent any extended time on an Indian Reservation. His birth mother left him to be eaten by Coyote but a couple stumbled upon him and chased Coyote off. (John doesn't feel Coyote is done with him yet. As a matter of fact, his previous boss and now co-director just might be the Coyote in disguise). Until this case, he has refused any cases requiring him to go to a reservation.
I enjoyed a lot of the Indian folklore and how Mr. Flynn intertwined it into the story. I think the reason the Super Chief was hijacked will surprise many readers as it's not driven by money.
What I didn't like: There were a few editing problems but none of them detracted from the story. That's about it.
I really had a hard time putting Super Chief down. It grabbed and held my attention and it was a quick, entertaining read!