Book Review: Murder, Drugs, Clandestine Dealings Behind the Scenes of the Vietnam War.

Making A Killing

A Murder On The Mekong Thriller–A Novel of Money and Murder
By John L. Hart and Olivia Rupprecht

The sequel to There Will Be Killing. In 1970 near the end of the exhaustive Vietnam War, CIA assassin, Agent J.D. Mikel is coerced into a power play to save the life of the woman he loves. 

His brother is the Poppy King, head of the Southeast Asia Golden Triangle’s heroin/opium trade. He is also the target of a major takeover as others want to control his business and of course take the majority of the proceeds.

Unbeknown to these greedy men, J.D and his brother, Zhang were raised in a monastery that trained covert assassins. They were taught to disguise themselves and blend with their surroundings. When it comes to the jungles of the Golden Triangle this is no exception. 

J. D. learns of a betrayal by someone he opened his heart to, only to find out it was part of the ploy to get him to reveal his brother’s location. For twenty years his brother, Zhang, was believed to be dead to all those outside the area. When in fact he has been the puppet master Poppy King.

The Pale Man is one of the many wanting control of the opium/heroin. He orchestrated the abduction of J.D.’s lover, Kathryn Morningside. He is the deranged lunatic that moves the games pieces across the board to make J.D.’s life a living hell. He takes everything from J.D. until he finally has nothing to lose which makes him even more dangerous and hell bent on revenge. 

J.D. answers to former ambassador Phillip Jordan, head of a clandestine CIA operation in cooperation with the albino Pale Man. With many more people as pawns the game proceeds as J.D. gathers intelligence to learn all of the players and their individual connections. One more lesson from his monastery days, who can he trust and who will ultimately betray him?  

Making A Killing is not your typical Vietnam War story. Yes, there is combat fighting, bombs blowing up, death, drugs and endless jungle, but it is also has intrigue, murder, ticking countdowns and a homicidal maniac trying to gain all the power. It is definitely a not-so-typical thriller on the Mekong river.

Making A Killing is a twisted vine of a story. It reaches depths of governmental espionage that many suspected, but could not prove. It is dirty and gritty, showing a not often seen side of the Vietnam War. With its detailed intricacies it is entirely plausible, making the reader forget it is just a story; and what a story it is!

Be sure to visit the website (therewillbekilling) to download the free prequel Blind Spots and to see the first book in the series There Will Be Killing

FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title by The Story Plant Publishing for review purposes only; no other compensation was awarded me.


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