This is the first in a series of books that feature Ryan Lock, an ex-military bodyguard. It is Christmas Eve in New York and Ryan Lock has one task, to protect the life of one of Americas most ruthless business men. This is Nicolas Van Straten, head of Meditech, a company that uses animals in medical research. Needless to say they have been targeted by animal rights activists as a result of this. In a dramatic about turn Nicolas Van Straten has decided he agrees with the head of the animal rights activists, Gray Stokes and a press conference is arranged to announce this. As they are standing in front of the companies building to announce this, shots ring out. Stokes is shot and a hummer speeds towards his wife killing her. Ryan Lock manages to save his disabled daughter ending up in hospital.
While all this is going on a young boy, Josh Hulme is kidnapped. By coincidence he is the son of one of the senior researchers at Meditech. He asks Ryan Lock for help. Ryan begins to investigate and is soon in a plot that links both threads of the story together.
This is a good book, the plot keeps you on the edge of your seat turning the pages to find out what happens next. The characters are a bit lacking in detail, but the book is like a good action film, and this does not deter from the plot. You do get glimpses of Ryan Locks character here and there and certainly I would like to see more. Its well written and fast paced, with interesting and somewhat unexpected plot turns at the end.