Waiting on Wednesday – Standing Alone by Stephen Leather

Welcome to my weekly segment, Waiting on Wednesday, where I look at upcoming books that I am planning to order and review in the next few months and which I think I will really enjoy.  I run this segment in conjunction with the Can’t-Wait Wednesday meme that is currently running at Wishful Endings.  Stay tuned to see reviews of these books when I get a copy of them.  In this week’s Waiting on Wednesday I am going to take a look at a fun sounding upcoming thriller, Standing Alone by Stephen Leather.

Standing Alone Cover

Stephen Leather is a veteran thriller author who has written a huge number of exciting and compelling novels over the years, including some cool standalone books and his bestselling Spider Shepherd series.  I personally read my first Stephen Leather book earlier this year, when I was lucky enough to receive a copy of The HuntingThe Hunting was an extremely thrilling and fast-paced novel that followed a vengeful big-game hunter as stalked the terrorists who killed his family on his own private hunting estate.  I had a great time reading this cool novel, and I really enjoyed the outrageous and compelling concept.  As a result, I have been keeping my eye out for any more fantastic sounding books for leather, and that is when I saw Standing Alone.

Standing Alone is a great upcoming standalone thriller that is currently scheduled for release in early January 2022.  This cool novel will see an elite SAS trooper face-off against a rogue Navy SEAL turned professional assassin.  Set amongst the dangerous background of America’s drug heartland, Standing Alone has a thrilling and captivating sounding synopsis that has me very excited.  Based on plot below and on how much I enjoyed The Hunting, I think I will have a great time checking out Standing Alone next year.

Synopsis:

What makes a good man become an assassin?

A Navy SEAL has gone rogue, selling his skills to the highest bidder as a professional assassin. Ryan French no longer cares who he kills so long as the price is right. His former bosses want him taken down, but they’re not prepared to get their hands dirty so they need a Brit to do the job.

SAS trooper Matt “Lastman” Standing is a lethal killing machine with experience in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Plus he’s worked with French in the past. It’s not a mission he wants, but Standing made a bad choice in his past and it has come back to haunt him. Now he’s hunting French in the lawless Wild West forests of Humboldt County, where the US produces most of its legal – and illegal – cannabis.

But French isn’t the only predator in the wilderness – there are Mexican cartels, Russian Mafia and Hungarian gangsters – and Standing has to overcome them all to get to his target.

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