Peter Ash is on a backpacking trip in a remote area of a California redwood forest. To escape a bear, he drops his pack and scrambles up a tree. He climbs higher, and sees a green rock-climbing rope hanging from another tree. Investigating, he discovers an elaborate series of ropes high in the trees that leads to a platform. Living on the platform is June, a young journalist who escaped an attempted kidnapping only days after her scientist mother was killed in a hit-and-run. As Peter and June circle each other, the armed men who tried to kidnap June show up in the forest and see them. Peter, a former Marine with an interesting form of PTSD, and June escape through the treetops only to find more men on the ground. A car chase leads to a fiery crash that kills the armed men. Peter and June join together to find out who killed June’s mother and now wants to kidnap June – and why.
This tree sequence is a fantastic series of scenes. It begins Part I of the book – there is a prologue before it that sets up June’s story. The prologue is good, but for me the book really started with the tree sequence, which is AMAZING and not to be missed.
This is the second book in the Peter Ash thriller series by a new writer, Nick Petrie. Personally, it’s hard for me to find new thriller series that I like, but Peter and June are great characters and the pace of this book moves swiftly. There is violence and some gore, but it is not gratuitous and the book is about a lot more than just how much blood the author can spill.
I liked this book a lot, and I look forward to the next book in the series.
Burning Bright (Peter Ash thriller series Book 2) by Nick Petrie, G. P. Putnam’s Sons Publishing, January 2017, 432 pages.