‘High Force’ is the 5th instalment from L J Ross’ DCI Ryan series.
First, a general look at the series before looking at this particular story:
DCI Ryan was first introduced in ‘Holy Island’, the first book in the series, released in January 2015. I read this at some point in 2015, and I’m going to be honest… it didn’t blow me away. However, I stumbled upon the 2nd in the series whilst looking at the offerings on Kindle Unlimited. That was about 3 months ago, and I am now on the 6th book in the series (bearing in mind I have read a number of other books in between too). So even if the Holy Island didn’t grab you, persevere! I’m actually considering rereading it to see if I missed something the first time round!
The main protagonist, DCI Maxwell Ryan has shunned his privelaged upbringing and worked his way up through the ranks. I wouldn’t describe him as particularly likeable, but again, persevere! He has his own personal reasons which motivate his no nonsense approach. What softens DCI Ryan is his relationships with the supporting characters that surround him.
I would strongly recommended the series and you can find the order of the books here. L J Ross website
I will now take a closer look at ‘High Force’, the 5th book in the series.
WARNING! The next section includes spoilers about the previous books, although I won’t include any spoilers about High Force.
The book starts where the last one ended. Denise Mackenzie, friend and colleague of Ryan has been abducted by Kier Edwards. AKA The Hacker, happens to be the very same man who Ryan brought to justice after he had brutally murdered his sister and very nearly killed Ryan himself. To raise the stakes even higher, Mackenzie happens to be in a relationship with DI Phillips, Ryan’s partner and Best Man to be.
This is a fast-paced, high stakes book which flits nicely between the plight of Mackenzie at the hands of the evil Hacker and the efforts of Ryan’s team to locate her before time runs out. Despite my earlier declaration that Ryan is at times, unlikeable, this particular story really grabbed me as I had invested in the characters and really cared about what happened to them.
If you haven’t already, I strongly recommend that you read this series by L J Ross, and would further recommend that you read the series in order as they follow on from each other. You can buy ‘Holy Island’, the 1st in the series, here: Buy Holy Island
If you are waiting to read ‘High Force’ the 5th in the series, click here: Buy High Force