Monday, April 20, 2015

Black Scorpion: The Tyrant Reborn - Jon Land

Black Scorpion: The Tyrant Reborn
Jon Land
Forge, Apr 7 2015, $25.99
ISBN 9780765337238

Five years ago, Seven Sins Resort and Casino owner Michael “the Tyrant” Tiranno saved Las Vegas from a terrorist attack (see The Seven Sins: The Tyrant Ascending).  Running the most financially successful establishment on the Strip, Michael prefers leaving his fighting to MMA bouts in the gym, but battles the State Gaming Control Board in Carson City over his expansion project investment debt. 

While on an archaeological dig in the Retezat Mountains in Romania’s Transylvania, archeologist Scarlett Swan uncovers an ancient Roman temple, but argues with the host country’s appointed project manager Henri Bernard over a special find that will interest her boyfriend Michael.  Soon after that run-in, the human trafficking cartel Black Scorpion and its leader Vladimir Dracu murder everyone at the site except Scarlett who contacts Michael from a bar in the nearby village of Buna Ziua.  Michael directs his legal counsel Naomi Burns to deal with the Gaming Control Board at a critical time which could impact his casino’s value; while he and his associate Alexander head to Romania. 

Filled with stunning viable twists and over the top of Mount Moldoveanu escapades, this sequel is a fantastic action-packed thriller that grips the audience early on with anticipation of a showdown between the Tyrant and the trafficker.  Loaded with excitement, Jon Land shows his writing skills as the unstoppable antagonist collides with the immovable protagonist.

Harriet Klausner

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