Ryder Creed and his dogs have been making national headlines. They’ve intercepted several major drug stashes being smuggled through Atlanta’s airport. But their newfound celebrity has also garnered some unwanted attention.
When Creed and one of his dogs are called in to search a commercial fishing vessel, they discover a secret compartment. But the Colombian cartels’ latest shipment isn’t drugs. This time, its cargo is human. To make matters worse, Creed helps one of the cartel’s drug mules escape—a fourteen-year-old girl who reminds him of his younger sister who disappeared fifteen years ago.
Meanwhile, FBI agent Maggie O’Dell is investigating a series of murders—the victims tortured, killed, and dumped in the Potomac River. She suspects it’s the work of a cunning and brutal assassin, but her politically motivated boss has been putting up roadblocks.
By the time she uncovers a hit list with Creed’s name on it, it might be too late. The cartel has already sent someone to destroy Creed and everyone close to him.
But Creed and his dogs have a few surprises in store on their compound in Florida. Will it be enough to stop a ruthless cartel determined to remove the thorn in its side once and for all?
What I liked: I had been hearing good things about Alex Kava but with so many books in my TBR pile, I hesitated in adding any more. Then I ran across Reckless Creed on NetGalley and now I'm firmly hooked! As Reckless Creed was the third book in the series, I felt compelled to read the first two, Breaking Creed and Silent Creed.
I'm a big fan of stories where dogs are co-stars and in Breaking Creed, I found an author who makes these co-stars rival the hero. In fact, Gracie and her canine pals will steal your heart if you're a dog lover. Ms Kava hits the nail on the head with how smart, loyal and lovable the canines are!
I also enjoyed the parallel storyline with Maggie O'Dell investigating a series of murders and how Ms Kava ties them into Creed's case. But the huge buy-in for me in this series, were all the characters. They are not flat but developing as the story unfolds. I love character driven stories and there are plenty of characters to enjoy who were introduced in this first installment of the Ryder Creed series. I won't name them all but be prepared to enjoy each one and their personalities adding to the storyline.
The plot was good but nothing extraordinary. Drugs being smuggled into the U.S. and how to catch and stop the "cartel" involved. Based on Creed's willingness to help a 14-year-old mule and the cartel's displeasure with losing a significant amount of product, the plot expands to include other characters’ back-stories.
What I didn't like: The ending, when it came, felt rushed. The rest of the pacing of Breaking Creed was excellent but the ending was resolved very quickly in my opinion.
Overall, a new series I will be adding to my must read list. I've not gone back and read the Maggie O'Dell series yet, but have gotten an Amazon deal on the first in her series, A Perfect Evil. The problem with that is I love the interaction between Creed and O'Dell and now can't help feeling sad he's not in the books in her series.