Simon Gervais has a resume that reads like many protagonists in your favorite novels, starting his career off as a junior infantry officer, he received extensive training in advanced recon and small-unit tactics. Once his service to the military was complete, he went on to use that specialized training as a federal agent, serving as a drug investigator, then rising through the ranks and with that gaining more experience, he was selected to be part of an anti-terrorism unit. With this unit he deployed to various countries and collaborated with local teams to hunt terrorists from such places as; Israel, The United Kingdom, Germany and France, to name a few.
Simon has written three novels and one short novella in his international best-selling Mike Walton thriller series. With Hunt Them Down, he starts a new series with protagonist Pierce Hunt, a former Army Ranger (RLTW) and current DEA special agent.
Hunt Them Down starts off with action and prejudice almost instantly. Action in the form of a DEA fire team prepping to take down a known drug cartel associate in Chicago and prejudice because along with this team, is a wet behind the ears, LEO hating, self-righteous reporter eager to win himself a Pulitzer prize. When this asshole reporter decides to live stream the entire thing from start to finish, the bad guys get wind of it, because this is 2019 and everyone is connected. When all is said and done, there is a dead DEA agent after a brutal shootout in the streets of Chicago. Our new protagonist, Pierce Hunt is one pissed off team leader, this anger and his actions gets him much respect from his LEO colleagues worldwide, but also suspended without pay for six months.
Once his suspension is up, he reports back for duty in a new city he was assigned, Miami. Meeting his new boss, it’s apparent his transition back to work was going to be a quick one. We learn that what made Pierce Hunt a star amongst his colleagues is his first successful undercover mission, which took two years to complete. It ruined Hunt’s real life and we learn later his work ruined other lives as well. His role or I should say, a way into the cartel as an undercover agent was through love. The end result was a known Cartel leader ending up in prison. This cartel leader decided to cut a deal with law enforcement and agreed to testify against others, basically using the DEA to do his dirty work for him and get rid of the competition. Pierce knows this, but the DEA needed a win and they would do anything they can to achieve some good press.
The other cartel leader, known as The Black Toska is vicious and blood thirsty with vengeance on her mind due to some brutality she was faced with as a young child. That vendetta and her aspirations to be the biggest drug smuggler, human trafficking advocate, even hinted at offering her services to middle eastern terrorists. Nothing is off limits with this cartel leader at the head of the table. Including kidnapping children in order to exact her revenge.
If getting ambushed, shot at, watching his fellow LEO members executed on the streets of Miami isn’t personal enough, things get really bad when The Black Toska forces Pierce to abandon all civilized manner and go on the hunt. Having made himself a promise long time ago that he would never let himself get that brutal again, describing his past and learning why he joined the DEA and separated from the Army, having gone against his command to rescue one of his teammates that had been taken as a POW. What we learn is that Hunt is as dedicated to his fellow team mates as he is to his family back home and when that family is threatened, absolutely nothing will stop Pierce from exacting revenge, rescuing those closest to him, and killing all the bad guys, which is described in spectacular vivid detail. The type of details only those authors who have lived that lifestyle have the capability to capture.
Simon Gervais brings a new series to the thriller community that is going to be an annual must read, Hunt Them Down is out in the wild and available in hardcover, e-book, and audio. Pick it up, you will not be able to put it down. I read it all in two sittings. Simon’s follow up, Trained to Hunt is available to pre-order and will be out, September 24th, 2019. After reading Hunt Them Down, I can’t wait to get my hands on his next Pierce Hunt novel.
Author: Simon Gervais
Series: Pierce Hunt # 1
Pages: 325 (Hardcover)
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Follow Simon on Twitter: @GervaisBooks
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About the author
SIMON GERVAIS was born in Montréal, Québec. He joined the Canadian military as an infantry officer and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1997. Assigned to the Infantry School in Gagetown, New Brunswick, he received extensive training in advanced reconnaissance and small-unit tactics.
In 2001, he became a federal agent. His first posting was in Toronto, where he served as a drug investigator. During this time, he worked on many international drug-related cases in close collaboration with his American colleagues from the DEA. However, in 2004, his career switched gears and he was placed with a federal anti-terrorism unit based in the Ottawa Region. During the following years, he was deployed in numerous European and Middle Eastern countries. In 2009, he became a close-protection specialist tasked with guarding foreign heads of state visiting Canada. Among many others, he served on the protection details of Queen Elizabeth II, US President Barack Obama and Chinese President, Hu Jianto.
In 2012, Simon was transferred to his organization’s counter-surveillance unit. During the next two years, he participated in a number of intelligence gathering operations. In May 2014, he returned to his former unit to serve as a bodyguard for the American and Israeli ambassadors to Canada until his retirement in September 2014.
Simon is now a full-time writer and a member of the International Thriller Writers Organization.
Simon is represented by literary agent Eric Myers at Myers Literary Management.
Simon, his wife and their two children divide their time between Ottawa, Miami and The Bahamas. He’s an avid skier and boating enthusiast.