To all appearances, Dan Chase is a harmless retiree in Vermont with two big mutts and a grown daughter he keeps in touch with by phone. But most sixty-year-old widowers don’t have multiple driver’s licenses, savings stockpiled in banks across the country, and a bugout kit with two Beretta Nanos stashed in the spare bedroom closet. Most have not spent decades on the run. Thirty-five years ago, as a young hotshot in army intelligence, Chase was sent to Libya to covertly assist a rebel army. When the plan turned sour, Chase reacted according to his own ideas of right and wrong, triggering consequences he could never have anticipated. And someone still wants him dead because of them. Just as he had begun to think himself finally safe, Chase must reawaken his survival instincts to contend with the history he has spent his adult life trying to escape. Armed mercenaries, spectacularly crashed cars, a precarious love interest, and an unforgettable chase scene through the snow—this is lethal plotting from one of the best in crime fiction.
What I liked: Just to say up front, I’ve read the majority of Mr. Perry’s books and my favorites are the Jane Whitfield series and The Butcher’s Boy series.
The Old Man is going in my favorites list. It’s understated over-the-top. Does that even make sense? The lead, Dan Chase, is a 60-year-old man with an unbelievable past that’s come back to haunt him. Maybe I shouldn’t say haunt as he keeps coming out on top of repeated efforts to kill him. Most of what he does to avoid death is just common sense things and precautions he’s taken in the past to preserve his future and those he cares about.
With some of the things we hear about our government making deals or trying to placate overseas factions, The Old Man, seems eerily possible. Not completely, I mean, one man hiding out for so long after absconding with $20 million dollars does seem beyond the realm but if you think of the time frame when Dan's story began, it could be possible.
That’s what I found so addicting in The Old Man …. the possibilities. The story is mainly told from Dan's point of view but then the man sent to find him, Julian, is added as another point of view and while that might sound confusing, it isn’t. Actually, the characters are very similar and only separated by technology and age.
The twists and turns were enough to make me fly through the pages. I thought I was in a reading slump until I started The Old Man but the pages just flew by and I was ecstatic to be immersed in the story. Mr. Perry’s books aren’t always “feel good” plot lines and characters with a happily ever after and that just makes this book that much better. I never knew what was going to happen to each character at any given time.
The characters were wonderfully developed with surprises constantly keeping me on my toes. The plot, while intriguing did take a back seat to the characters, which I loved. This whole book flowed just the way a best seller should.
I bought the e-book and added the audio book with one of my credits. I had an extra and wanted to check out how well the audio was done. Mr. Berkrot does a more than credible job especially for a male narrator doing some female voices.
What I didn’t like: You know how I always harp on e-book prices. Yep, you got it. The Old Man is priced at $14 plus dollars on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The hardcover averages out to about $20 between the two retailers. I bought the e-book, but if my eyes were better, I would have invested in the hardcover. While I wholeheartedly recommend The Old Man, I guess it would depend on how much your book budget is or you could borrow it from your library.
Any fan of Mr. Perry’s will love The Old Man. If you’ve never read his work before, this would be a great book to try and then you’ll be hooked!