A Lima Charlie Review: ‘The Wild One’ By Nick Petrie. With a BLAST RADIUS of a MOAB! (8/10)

WILD-ONE-Cover1Nick Petrie is back with his fifth Peter Ash novel, The Wild One. Peter Ash, a weary Marine Corps veteran that is drifting through life and keeps running into issues which give him a familiar sense of purpose, the purpose he may have lost after his war was done. Having served as a Platoon Commander for eight years in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Peter can’t seem to adjust to civilian life. He lives off the grid, no income, not even a valid drivers license. While dealing with his PTSD he spends a lot of time outdoors and alone.

The plot and the writing between the current date and the events that led Peter to where he is going which occurred one-year prior is top notch. A husband and wife with their little seven-year-old boy are threatened. A murder occurs, blame is placed. Fast forward to current time and Peter’s old war buddy enlists his help in tracking down a little boy. Peter is very hesitant about getting involved, but once he finds out the details of the job he’s being asked to do, he gets emotionally involved and cannot say no.

This new case takes Peter to Iceland, but as soon as he arrives Peter is threatened with deportation. Someone, unbeknownst to him at the time wants Peter out of Iceland and out of the hunt. As this request is unofficial and the American requesting doesn’t utilize proper channels, Peter is given two days to roam free and is ordered to come back when the next flight that leaves for the US is set to take off. Peter, relieved that he isn’t spending the next few days in lock up, begins his mission with no intention of reporting back until his missions is complete.

The Wild One sees Peter confronting one of the most powerful snowstorms in decades, a group of killers, a family of savage Vikings, and a businessman with practically unlimited resources, funds, and influence. Peter’s drive to learn the truth only grows, it allows him to push through when most people would have quit a long time ago. But that is why most people can’t be Marines. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Peter uses his training, some connections he picks up along the way and a whole bunch of will power to learn the truth and put an end to a conspiracy. All while avoiding hypothermia, avoiding a kill team, a police commander and the Viking Family. Earning itself a Blast Radius of a MOAB! This novel is a must for your TBR stack.




Author: Nick Petrie
Series: Peter Ash # 5
Pages: 381 Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0525535447
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Release Date: January 13, 2020
Follow Nick on Twitter: @_NickPetrie_
Lima Charlie Rating: A BLAST RADIUS OF: A MOAB! (8/10) – Massive Ordnance Air Blast -AKA- Mother of all Bombs. Largely known as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the US Military inventory. It has a blast radius of one mile, meaning it demolishes everything within 1 square mile.


About the Author

Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington and won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. His story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in The Seattle Review, a national literary journal.

His first novel, The Drifter, won the ITW Thriller and Barry Awards, and was nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Hammett Awards. He won the 2016 Literary Award from the Wisconsin Library Association and was named one of Apple’s 10 Writers to Read in 2017.  Light It Up was named the Best Thriller of 2018 by Apple Books and has been nominated for a Barry Award.

His books in the Peter Ash series are The Drifter, Burning Bright, Light It Up, and Tear It Down. A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector.  He lives in Milwaukee, where he is hard at work on the next Peter Ash novel.




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