Monday, June 14, 2010

Book Review: The Last Track

The Last Track (Mike Brody, book 1) by Sam Hilliard.

More than just a master tracker, Mike is a former Special Forces operative, smoke jumper, and now extreme adventure tour guide who can tap into the memory and emotional state of those he pursues.  In The Last Track, Mike is recruited to find an asthmatic boy lost in the dense woods surrounding a dude ranch in Montana.  An unwitting murder witness, the boy burrows ever deeper into the rugged terrain, fearful of being found by the killer.  While Mike tracks the boy, his ex-wife, a journalist, uses her contacts to unravel the truth behind the murder.  Her discoveries threaten to snare them all in a treacherous conspiracy...

Notable quotes:

"I've heard you can place your hand into a print and see a missing person," Lisbeth said.  "Is that true?"
pg. 7

"Tracking meant spotting tiny truths like that from the false statements.  Parents lied out of love.  Cops lied by omission.  The press lied to sell papers.  But tracks did not lie to Mike Brody."
pg. 222

Gripping mystery with a paranormal twist.  What is going on in the forested hills surrounding Pine Woods Ranch?  Who is involved and how far will they go?  These are the questions I continually asked myself while reading The Last Track.  I had originally thought that the focus of this novel would be on Mike Brody's unusual paranormal talent, however, the suspense of the mysterious events that unfold during this story overshadow the paranormal aspects of this book.  This is not, in my opinion, a negative.  Filled with interesting real-world characters and laced with a tangled web of lies, deceit, treachery and greed The Last Track will ensnare your imagination and keep you turning pages hunting for clues and eager to learn what happens next!

I recommend The Last Track to readers of suspense thrillers and mysteries, especially to fans of mysteries with paranormal or supernatural elements.  This is a wonderful debut of the Mike Brody series.  I look forward to reading more of Mike Brody's adventures in the future.

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The Last Track on Amazon.
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  1. Hi Kate! The boy who is missing is young, however the main characters are all older. There is cold blooded murder but no explicit sex so I would say older mature teens may still like this. You are right though, not really a YA title. :)


  2. How interesting. It sounds like your typical thriller but the paranormal twist makes it unique.