This is a great book. The story is good and believable, and it is very well written. In short: it is about an ex-"provo" sniper from Ireland, who has said farewell to this black past of his. But one day his wife is being taken hostage, and then he gets "an offer he can't refuse" to do a job you and I certainly never would like to do. He has to do this job in order to get his life back. Is there an alternative? This is the thriller part of the book. But in between this we become, in parts cleverly put between the story, more and more familiar with his present and past life. Then there is the landscape of Ireland (and some other places in the past of the main character) and his passion: falconry that get attention to break the tension. All these ingredients are mixed into a very strong thriller with well developed characters.The tension grows as the book progresses. And I missed some tasks I had to finish in time while reading the last part. You simply cannot put the book down any more from a certain point on. The five stars I gave are more than earned by this very capable author. I hope to see more from him!