Damian Wolf is framed for murdering his wife. As he languishes on death row, shadowy Washington types approach him with a deal: become an assassin for a supersecret agency not on the government books and we’ll spring you immediately. How can he say no?
Such is the basis for the new Damian Wolf, Assassin series, the first entry of which is Panama Takedown (Mike Pettit — 2013). By the time the book opens, Wolf has been in the assassination racket for quite some time, and his world-weariness is beginning to show. Page one finds him passed out on the floor of a rundown hotel in Panama City, the result of a rum binge the previous night. He gets a phone call from his new handler, ordering him to pick up a package the next day containing instructions for a new mission. Sobering up quickly, Wolf smells a rat right away, and the action begins.
Author Mike Pettit, a veteran of several other action series, has crafted a tense international thriller, as well as a solid character in Damian Wolf, who is clearly much more than an ass-kicking machine. Wolf has weaknesses, too, which Pettit reveals as the story unfolds. The character’s road to redemption on the gritty streets of Panama City is littered with treachery and death. The double-cross lurks around every corner, in every seedy bar, and in the eyes of every US Government agent.