No Remorse is a self-published debut by Ian Walkley. That in itself will be enough to put some people off, but the greatest compliment I can give this is that it feels in no way either self-published or a debut. The issue with many books like this is that either they miss a good editor or the print quality is poor. Not so here.
Here we have an ex Delta operator joining a black ops team that target the funds of bad guys and through use of cunning and top end technology, syphon off large chunks. As our hero, Mac, joins the team he is also running a personal mission to track down the daughter of a friend who has been taken as part of a human trafficking ring. As it is with these stories, the storylines collide as Mac discovers that the team’s current target is also the man behind the trafficking ring and a lot more…..A satisfying (although slightly abrupt) end completes an entertaining read.
The pacing is good and the characterisation works. There is good balance between the action and the plot being driven forward. Some aspects are not for the faint hearted but it is also the kind of book where you know what you are going to get from reading the back cover. There are some elements here that are similar to Robert Crais’ recent “Taken” but this takes a wider perspective and throws a lot more into the mix.
This is a good debut and the author is unlucky that a publisher has not picked this up, I have certainly read top ten books in this genre that were nowhere near as good as this. It’s well worth picking up.