For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal—Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him. On the tenth anniversary of her disappearance, the former head of Benjamin Lombard’s security asks for Gibson’s help in a covert investigation of the case, with new evidence in hand.
Haunted by tragic memories, he jumps at the chance to uncover what happened all those years ago. Using his military and technical prowess, he soon discovers multiple conspiracies surrounding the Lombard family—and he encounters powerful, ruthless political players who will do anything to silence him and his team. With new information surfacing that could threaten Lombard’s bid for the presidency, Gibson must stay one step ahead as he navigates a dangerous web to get to the truth.
What I liked: I think most readers love discovering new authors to read. That’s the case for me in reading The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons. I actually found the second book in the series, Poisonfeather on NetGalley and since it was only two books into the series, I borrowed The Short Drop using my Kindle Unlimited account. So glad I did.
The Short Drop is centered around Gibson Vaughn who is having trouble finding a job. He’s a top computer hacker with all the associated computer skills so you would think employers would be lining up for his services after he leaves the Marines. There’s a lot of back story here but to keep it quick. The reason Gibson was in the military in the first place was to avoid going to jail. He hacked a sitting U. S. Senator’s computer and freely distributed all the Senator’s secrets. There’s a reason there too but that’s all a part of the story. Gibson is desperate to find a job and along comes George Abe owner of a security company with a job dealing with Gibson’s past. Right in the middle of that job is Senator Benjamin Lombard, you got it, the same Senator Gibson had dropped the goods on.
What starts off as a much needed short term job ends up being a mystery Gibson just can’t let go. He needs the money to hold on to the house his ex-wife and daughter, Ellie, live in but the chance to solve a ten-year traumatic event in his life is just too much for Gibson to let go.
The Short Drop is filled with characters, mysteries and murder. Gibson along with Jenn Charles, a former CIA agent, Daniel Hendricks, a retired LA cop, Michael Rilling, IT person for George Abe’s company, and George himself are the core characters. The bad guys are numerous and not just affiliated with one group or person. Everyone wants to know or find out what happened to Senator Lombard’s daughter who went missing ten years ago.
It’s a convoluted story but flows well and I actually had a very hard time putting it down for life’s necessities. The characters are well written but since The Short Drop is the first in the series, there is still much room for growth. The mystery and the bad guys are really what played for me. The plot and those involved was enough to drive me crazy with wanting to know how Mr. FitzSimmons was going to tie everything up.
In addition to being a free read for Kindle Unlimited members, it's also a free listen. Mr. Cronin did a great job with all the voices and keeping the tempo just right to maintain my interest.
What I didn’t like: There is so much backstory given and inferred to that you might fill bogged down but it’s a pertinent and needed to be included either in The Short Drop or maybe a prequel.
Overall, I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I kept wondering why it had the title it did, don’t worry…..that’s a story of its own too. Mr. FitzSimmons covered everything but left enough questions and surprises at the end to make me immediately start the next Gibson Vaughn book, Poisonfeather.