Backlash: Venom and Vengeance from ‘Nam | Critical Book Review

In the latest installment of the JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventure thrillers, Ana Manwaring’s Backlash: Venom and Vengeance from ‘Nam sends protagonist Jackman Quint hurtling into a reckoning with a vengeful ghost from his past. The gripping tale unfolds in the gritty terrain of Mexico City, courtesy of Indies United Publishing LLC.

Unleashing the Vengeance

Quint’s past catches up with him as his former commanding officer from Vietnam, Chuck Nader, sets his sights on revenge. The stakes are high, with Quint’s loved ones in the crosshairs. In the aftermath of Coyote (Book 4), Quint bids farewell to his daughter, JadeAnne, only to find himself entangled in a dangerous game with Nader.

A Tangled Web of History and Retribution

Manwaring masterfully weaves the narrative, exploring Quint’s troubled history and his strained relationship with JadeAnne. The threat of Nader looms large, a specter from the Vietnam War haunting Quint’s every move. As the plot unfolds, questions arise about Nader’s motives and the unresolved grudges of the past.

Cat-and-Mouse Pursuit

Joined by a cadre of young Mexican hackers and investigators, Quint plunges into a violent cat-and-mouse pursuit. The book explores the murky underbelly of Mexican politics, cartel justice, and the shadowy world of arms dealing. The action-packed sequences and tense confrontations add depth to the sprawling narrative set in the heart of Mexico City.

Character Dynamics and Missing Elements

While Backlash maintains the pulse-pounding action characteristic of the JadeAnne Stone series, it veers into dialogue-heavy territory, occasionally overshadowing the plot. JadeAnne herself takes a backseat, mostly relegated to phone conversations, leaving fans longing for more of her presence. The absence of introspection and exposition at times leaves a narrative void.

Final Verdict

Backlash: Venom and Vengeance from ‘Nam is a thoughtful addition to the JadeAnne Stone series, unveiling Quint’s backstory with revelations for long-time fans. Despite the dialogue overload and occasional lack of introspection, the book delivers on the promised action. As Quint races against time, readers are treated to a captivating atmosphere in the sprawling streets of Mexico City. While not without its flaws, fans of the series will find satisfaction in this latest installment.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
Indies United Publishing LLCMystery, Thriller & Suspense323 pages9781644566596

In the latest installment of the JadeAnne Stone Mexico Adventure thrillers, Ana Manwaring’s Backlash: Venom and Vengeance from ‘Nam sends protagonist Jackman Quint hurtling into a reckoning with a vengeful ghost from his past. The gripping tale unfolds in the gritty terrain of Mexico City, courtesy of Indies United Publishing LLC. Unleashing the Vengeance Quint’s…