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An Amazon Charts bestseller. After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for—except settling the score. When the local police fail to take the arson seriously, Harper takes the reins and discovers her husband was investigating some mysterious deaths at a cacao pl An Amazon Charts bestseller. After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for—except settling the score. When the local police fail to take the arson seriously, Harper takes the reins and discovers her husband was investigating some mysterious deaths at a cacao plantation on the Ivory Coast. Now she’s convinced he was targeted in a corporate conspiracy to silence him.Aided by her former mafioso grandfather and well-connected financier brother, Harper embarks on a global manhunt, flying first to Africa, then Zurich to expose a high-level cover-up inside a powerful chocolate conglomerate.But Harper has a few secrets of her own—starting with her lethal martial arts skills—and she’s not afraid to take on any hired guns or guerrillas standing in her way. In trying to cover their tracks, the conspirators made one fatal miscalculation: they didn’t count on Harper McDaniel coming for them.


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An Amazon Charts bestseller. After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for—except settling the score. When the local police fail to take the arson seriously, Harper takes the reins and discovers her husband was investigating some mysterious deaths at a cacao pl An Amazon Charts bestseller. After her journalist husband and infant son are brutally executed in a fire in their Florida home, photographer Harper McDaniel has nothing left to live for—except settling the score. When the local police fail to take the arson seriously, Harper takes the reins and discovers her husband was investigating some mysterious deaths at a cacao plantation on the Ivory Coast. Now she’s convinced he was targeted in a corporate conspiracy to silence him.Aided by her former mafioso grandfather and well-connected financier brother, Harper embarks on a global manhunt, flying first to Africa, then Zurich to expose a high-level cover-up inside a powerful chocolate conglomerate.But Harper has a few secrets of her own—starting with her lethal martial arts skills—and she’s not afraid to take on any hired guns or guerrillas standing in her way. In trying to cover their tracks, the conspirators made one fatal miscalculation: they didn’t count on Harper McDaniel coming for them.

30 review for When They Come for You

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    This is a tense, action packed thriller set in Florida, the Ivory Coast and Switzerland. Photographer Harper McDaniel is shell shocked when her journalist husband, Ross and baby Leon are murdered and her home set on fire. The only thing that pulls her out of her mind numbing grief and anguish is her determination to find out what happened and why. With Ross's final words to her about chocolate, Harper begins to peel back the layers that lead to the heinous actions of the Albion Corporation and t This is a tense, action packed thriller set in Florida, the Ivory Coast and Switzerland. Photographer Harper McDaniel is shell shocked when her journalist husband, Ross and baby Leon are murdered and her home set on fire. The only thing that pulls her out of her mind numbing grief and anguish is her determination to find out what happened and why. With Ross's final words to her about chocolate, Harper begins to peel back the layers that lead to the heinous actions of the Albion Corporation and their activities in Africa. Harper is helped by her beloved adopted brother, Nick, who works for the World Bank. Harper was prevented from getting to know her grandfather, Sal, by her famous celebrity photographer mother, Deena. Now retired, Sal was a significant figure in the Mob, and shunned by his daughter. Sal and Harper meet and get to know each other and agree to hunt down the killers as partners. Harper has her own secrets, and she has to rediscover her latent martial arts skills as she comes up against dangerous men and further death and destruction. As Harper digs deep, she discovers a side to Ross she didn't know about, a tough and courageous man, chasing a story because he believed in it. In Africa, Harper looks for information on the Albion Cacao Plantation, only to encounter street thugs, guerrillas, and corrupt politicians. Over the border in Burkino Faso, she finds evidence of the massacre of an entire village called Soko. Only just making it out of the Ivory Coast by the skin of her teeth, Harper goes to Zurich, Switzerland, where the headquarters of Albion are located. In a story that has Harper investigating senior figures at the company, she uncovers some family secrets about her identity. Despite facing ruthless forces, nothing is going to stop Harper getting to the bottom of who destroyed her family. This is a well written and structured crime thriller from the author. It has all the ingredients that go into a gripping thriller and packed with plenty of action. However, not all the ends are tied up and it looks as if Harper McDaniels is set to return in a sequel. Harper makes an exciting central character, with hidden skills and secrets, a notoriously famous mother, and a grandfather who brings the vast resources and contacts from the Mafia. A thriller that I definitely enjoyed reading! Many thanks to Thomas and Mercer for an ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Good story. This book was free with my Kindle First unpublished August book. Husband and child killed and her house burned down. He was reporter, wrote about her mobster family and investigating "chocolate." Vengeance killings all over the globe. Didn't do much for me, but while eating chocolate will remember this story. Good story. This book was free with my Kindle First unpublished August book. Husband and child killed and her house burned down. He was reporter, wrote about her mobster family and investigating "chocolate." Vengeance killings all over the globe. Didn't do much for me, but while eating chocolate will remember this story.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    DNF at 78% Time to call it quits. I loved the premise of the book. Kickass woman out to avenge the murders of her husband and baby. International locales. But the story fell short in so many ways, I finally had to acknowledge that I didn't care how it ended. Many of the characters simply didn't strike me as believable, Hall's portrayals sloppy or somehow off. The assassin who is so captivated by Harper he leaves ways to trace him (view spoiler)[and later is delusional enough to think he and Harper DNF at 78% Time to call it quits. I loved the premise of the book. Kickass woman out to avenge the murders of her husband and baby. International locales. But the story fell short in so many ways, I finally had to acknowledge that I didn't care how it ended. Many of the characters simply didn't strike me as believable, Hall's portrayals sloppy or somehow off. The assassin who is so captivated by Harper he leaves ways to trace him (view spoiler)[and later is delusional enough to think he and Harper could be lovers (hide spoiler)] . The head of a multinational corporation who supposedly is a micromanager yet acts on childlike obsessions and wants others to make sure they happen. The seven-year-old Swiss child who sounded nothing like a child and who, while she shouldn't have been speaking English, used an epithet based on a name that only made sense in English (Helmet Head for someone named Helmut). The first contact in Cote d'Ivoire who withheld vital information when it could have accomplished his aim of dissuading or at least effectively warning Harper and instead made vague statements. There were so many others. The biggest problem, though, was with Harper herself. Her emotions often didn't ring true and her actions didn't fit her supposed expertise in observation (her photography background) or self-defense. She repeatedly dove into TSTL territory, to her own and her allies' detriment. I didn't connect with Harper nor did I see her as a realistic person. There was no single event in the book that made me quit. It more was the realization that I was finding excuses not to read more and that I really didn't care what happened next.

  4. 5 out of 5

    P Bernhardt

    I had a hard time deciding how many stars to award to When They Come For You. The story is interesting, well-written, and includes enough information about the Chocolate industry to urge the reader to do more research. The author provides picturesque descriptions of the Ivory Coast, Miami, and Zurich so you feel as if you're there. The action is descriptive and helps the plot. The reason I didn't give it Five Stars is the protagonist. Harper McDaniel is a singularly unlikeable character. She's a I had a hard time deciding how many stars to award to When They Come For You. The story is interesting, well-written, and includes enough information about the Chocolate industry to urge the reader to do more research. The author provides picturesque descriptions of the Ivory Coast, Miami, and Zurich so you feel as if you're there. The action is descriptive and helps the plot. The reason I didn't give it Five Stars is the protagonist. Harper McDaniel is a singularly unlikeable character. She's abrasive, unappreciative, and a smartass. I had little feelings for her, so when she got herself into tough situations, I didn't much care whether she survived or not. If you like this type of character, this book is for you. I've found other titles with tough women as the protagonist who much more appealing than Harper.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gatorman

    Entertaining and fast-paced thriller from Hall, known for his Thorne series but branching out to a new one involving Harper McDaniels, a photographer whose husband and infant son are murdered and house burned down over a potential story the hubby was investigating involving the chocolate industry. Harper starts out as a bit unbelievable with fighting skills that seem to come from nowhere, but as the story progresses, information comes to light to explain her history and present skills. It's well Entertaining and fast-paced thriller from Hall, known for his Thorne series but branching out to a new one involving Harper McDaniels, a photographer whose husband and infant son are murdered and house burned down over a potential story the hubby was investigating involving the chocolate industry. Harper starts out as a bit unbelievable with fighting skills that seem to come from nowhere, but as the story progresses, information comes to light to explain her history and present skills. It's well-written and moves at a quick pace over its rather brief 278 pages. The ending sets up the next chapter. Not as good as the Thorne books but entertaining enough. 3.5 stars bumped to 4 for the writing and likable characters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Fred Forbes

    James Hall is a favorite of mine and I always looked forward to his new releases for a chance to catch up when he appears at our local bookstores. Unfortunately, he has opted to skip the "conventional" publishing routine and skip the hardback in favor of the paperback and a huge emphasis on the e-book. (Glad to see it made the best seller list!) This is a new character, female, for a big change from Thorn and the book features his clear descriptive writing and tense plotting. A bit of a credulity James Hall is a favorite of mine and I always looked forward to his new releases for a chance to catch up when he appears at our local bookstores. Unfortunately, he has opted to skip the "conventional" publishing routine and skip the hardback in favor of the paperback and a huge emphasis on the e-book. (Glad to see it made the best seller list!) This is a new character, female, for a big change from Thorn and the book features his clear descriptive writing and tense plotting. A bit of a credulity stretch in a few places (seriously, two major businessmen working opposite sides of a deal turn out to be big fanboys of the same movie star?). And while I enjoyed the book and it was complete in its own right, I find dangling endings to be most annoying. I know, it prods interest in the next one in the series but I would have read it anyway. Wishing you the best, Jim, with your new approach but I will miss you!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Larry Deaton

    James W. Hall, who writes the Florida based mystery series about a man who goes by the name of Thorn, starts a new series with a female protagonist. This one is about Harper McDaniel, a woman photographer, who has to deal with her husband and infant son murdered in the opening pages of the book. We move through the horrors of that, as she recruits her grandfather, a retired mafioso in Florida as well as some other help, to track down the killers who are connected with the chocolate industry. The James W. Hall, who writes the Florida based mystery series about a man who goes by the name of Thorn, starts a new series with a female protagonist. This one is about Harper McDaniel, a woman photographer, who has to deal with her husband and infant son murdered in the opening pages of the book. We move through the horrors of that, as she recruits her grandfather, a retired mafioso in Florida as well as some other help, to track down the killers who are connected with the chocolate industry. There is some good writing in this book, but Hall turns his hero into a virtual superhero and one who really seems to escape the grieving that I think that anyone would go through having lost their spouse and baby. I wanted to like this book more than I did. Three stars. I’ll stick with Hall’s Thorn series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Long

    You know how a book can grab you, not letting you put it down? This is not one of those books. The story line fell flat, the character development was not what one would hope for, and there were parts that felt completely unrealistic, such as the main character's grief on its way to resolving a mere three months after the death of her husband and son. I could see that happening if you didn't like your husband. But your child? Not gonna happen. Two stars. You know how a book can grab you, not letting you put it down? This is not one of those books. The story line fell flat, the character development was not what one would hope for, and there were parts that felt completely unrealistic, such as the main character's grief on its way to resolving a mere three months after the death of her husband and son. I could see that happening if you didn't like your husband. But your child? Not gonna happen. Two stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joey R.

    Implausible is an understatement This book was like Jack Reacher in the hands of a lesser author who requires you to suspend your common sense to get to a very dissatisfying conclusion. Trust me skip this one!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roger Bultot

    Really disappointing Adolescent writing of a mediocre story. Tedious and boring. Don't waste your time. Can't understand how some of these "stories" get published. Really disappointing Adolescent writing of a mediocre story. Tedious and boring. Don't waste your time. Can't understand how some of these "stories" get published.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have not read this author's work previously, but I intend to follow Harper's story. This was cinematic, nonstop action and fighting skills on part of a female? - something different for me. I admit that it took me a while to invest since Harper is not realistic, but rather a comic book heroine. She believes she is made of steel and fully bullet proof, but turns out that is not the case. She worked as assistant to her famous photographer mother who apparently was also a tough cookie. We don't ge I have not read this author's work previously, but I intend to follow Harper's story. This was cinematic, nonstop action and fighting skills on part of a female? - something different for me. I admit that it took me a while to invest since Harper is not realistic, but rather a comic book heroine. She believes she is made of steel and fully bullet proof, but turns out that is not the case. She worked as assistant to her famous photographer mother who apparently was also a tough cookie. We don't get to know her since the action opens with the suicide death of Harper's mother. When Harper finishes breast feeding her little boy Leo and kisses her beloved husband Ross goodbye to attend a memorial for her mother she finds her home burned to the ground with her husband and child dead within. From that scene of ashes she moves toward the goal of finding the murderer. At first alone, but then joined by her mobster grandfather and adoptive brother Nick, a banker...the search is on and global. Boatloads of grit, determination and violence. On a normal day, if I had not been stuck in train station for two hours after a missed train maybe I would have abandoned book. However...events conspired and I enjoyed this action packed book with a female winning over hired guns. Now to something a bit more calming.

  12. 5 out of 5

    John of Canada

    Pretty good beginning and story,but I got the impression that Hall cut and pasted it together.It was obviously the beginning of a series and I'll probably pass on any future offerings. Pretty good beginning and story,but I got the impression that Hall cut and pasted it together.It was obviously the beginning of a series and I'll probably pass on any future offerings.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ray Moon

    A Good Quick Read With Minor Problems When They Come For You opens with Spider Combs sitting in his car spying on the Ross and Harper McDaniel and their infant son, Leo, in their home. Spider exits his car and hurries to the home. Harper, a photographer with an internationally famous photographer mother, is preparing for charity gala. Just before she leaves, Ross, an investigative newspaper reporter, who never discusses his pending articles with Harper, breaks that precedence and tells Harper tha A Good Quick Read With Minor Problems When They Come For You opens with Spider Combs sitting in his car spying on the Ross and Harper McDaniel and their infant son, Leo, in their home. Spider exits his car and hurries to the home. Harper, a photographer with an internationally famous photographer mother, is preparing for charity gala. Just before she leaves, Ross, an investigative newspaper reporter, who never discusses his pending articles with Harper, breaks that precedence and tells Harper that he is working on an article about chocolate. At the charity gala, Harper’s mother’s pictures were showcased. During the show, Nick, Harper’s brother, interrupts the slideshow for harper to take a phone call. It is the police asking if she was Harper McDaniel, wife of Ross, mother of Leo. When Harper and Nick arrive home that no longer exists. Ross and Leo are dead, but not from the fire, both were shot to death. Harper was not fully open with the police. She decided to find out what was behind the chocolate article. She teamed up with Nick, Sal, her gangster maternal grandfather and Harper’s mysterious past. The main storyline takes off from here and becomes international in scope. This mystery/thriller kept my interest with how problems were overcome in determining who was behind the murders. Along the way, a few more join the company of the deceased. The B-storyline is rich and works well with and complements the main storyline. Much is revealed about Harper, Ross, Nick, Sal, Ben Westfield, a movie star who was a favorite subject of Harper’s mother, Spider, and some other characters introduced later in the novel. Not only does this background information make these characters come alive and enrich the reading experience, but many aspects of the main storyline depends upon what is revealed in the B-storyline. Unfortunately, some events stretched my believability a bit. They were serious enough that I lowered the rating, but was not serious enough that I did not enjoy the read. Now, some readers have strict prohibition on language and sex. There are a few f-bombs but not excessive, and all were appropriate in their context. There are not any explicit sex scenes, but implications with scenes that are almost TV legal. Overall, When They Come For You was an enjoyable and quick read. The main storyline took a winding and circuitous route that kept my interest throughout the entire novel. If you tone down you believability expectations just a hair, I believe that you will enjoy it also. I give this novel a rating of four stars.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Connie

    This action-packed thriller is filled with some surprisingly true facts. While reading this book I couldn’t help but feel that the author was getting some of the information from current events, so I looked it up. In a way, this book while exciting and hard to put down is sadly informative and tells of the child labor, and even abductions of children, that are used to keep prices low harvesting chocolate in Africa. The author did an excellent job of describing scenes so vividly that I felt as if This action-packed thriller is filled with some surprisingly true facts. While reading this book I couldn’t help but feel that the author was getting some of the information from current events, so I looked it up. In a way, this book while exciting and hard to put down is sadly informative and tells of the child labor, and even abductions of children, that are used to keep prices low harvesting chocolate in Africa. The author did an excellent job of describing scenes so vividly that I felt as if I was there. The characters actions ring true for the situations they are in. For example, I could feel Harper’s pain when her family is killed because the author did such a good job of showing the reader through her actions and conversations. It was easy to get caught up in her desire to find out why they were targeted since the details of her relationship with her husband and son showed an extremely caring, young family. What I didn’t like: cursing. Why do authors feel a need to bring God into their curse words? This is a huge pet peeve of mine. Just say damn if you “have” to. I personally don’t know anyone who uses curse words; however, if you read the latest fiction, you’d think 90% of the population must talk like this. Not so. Warning: some sex although the scenes aren’t filled with graphic details.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Larry

    The murders at the beginning almost stopped me cold, but the payoff is worth the read, and Hall writes really well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Hattie E Smith

    Save the headache This book was very difficult to read, but some how I managed to finish it. A woman whose husband and child are murdered because he researching the chocolate industry and the shady dealings of one company. Good idea, however, the story was poorly developed. A mafia grandfather turned hacker; an adopted brother bullied as a child yet still cannot take care of himself; a movie star fathers she didn't know about, and an assassin who fancies himself in love with her; and let us not f Save the headache This book was very difficult to read, but some how I managed to finish it. A woman whose husband and child are murdered because he researching the chocolate industry and the shady dealings of one company. Good idea, however, the story was poorly developed. A mafia grandfather turned hacker; an adopted brother bullied as a child yet still cannot take care of himself; a movie star fathers she didn't know about, and an assassin who fancies himself in love with her; and let us not forget that our heroine is or had been a black ops person turned vigilante. Its just too much and poorly told. Please no sequel.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Suze

    WHEN THEY COME FOR YOU My Kindle First pick for August, this was a thriller. I enjoyed the story, Harper McDaniel is a very compelling character- fighting for justice for her husband and young son. I liked the book, but at the end where it hints at another book, I have no interest in continuing this as a series- and that is why I gave it three stars instead of four.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    This is the first James W. Hall novel I have read in quite a while. It is also the start of a new series by him, featuring a strong, courageous and conflicted woman. In this first book, she leaves for work one morning (her husband is at home with their one year old boy) and later in the day, she realizes that her house is on fire and someone has killed the two people she loved most in the world. She does research and has help from others to find out why this happened. Her husband had been workin This is the first James W. Hall novel I have read in quite a while. It is also the start of a new series by him, featuring a strong, courageous and conflicted woman. In this first book, she leaves for work one morning (her husband is at home with their one year old boy) and later in the day, she realizes that her house is on fire and someone has killed the two people she loved most in the world. She does research and has help from others to find out why this happened. Her husband had been working on a journal article about children and women being kidnapped and killed in The Ivory Coast, mainly because a very wealthy man and his cronies love cacao, chocolate, and the men want to get a corner on the market, no matter what it takes. They don't care one whit about human lives. Hannah McDaniels's family was killed because her husband was going to publish the article so the world would know about this company's greed. The tale gets very twisted from there, with the reader not being sure who is part of this conspiracy of greed and who is not. Since the Ivory Coast is in Africa, without a lot of publicity, no one will become involved in the inhumane treatment of other human beings. I thought the story was well written and am looking forward to the next one. (This is the same author who did the series on Thorn, many of which I have read and enjoyed).

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jo Jenner

    The story behind this book was so ridiculous that all disbelief had to be suspended and it turned into a bloody good read. When Harper's husband and son are killed she is at first devastated. Then as the book unfolds we find out that her brother is an international financier, her dead mother a world renowned photographer, her grandfather a mafia don and Harper herself an ex CIA operative. All this leads her to try and hunt down her husband's killers and leads to a chase through Africa, Zurich and The story behind this book was so ridiculous that all disbelief had to be suspended and it turned into a bloody good read. When Harper's husband and son are killed she is at first devastated. Then as the book unfolds we find out that her brother is an international financier, her dead mother a world renowned photographer, her grandfather a mafia don and Harper herself an ex CIA operative. All this leads her to try and hunt down her husband's killers and leads to a chase through Africa, Zurich and finally Spain. The action was faced paced with Harper's skills so lacking by not having been honed over the years since she left the CIA where she was only recruited for one job so she was never a real agent. However even with these mediocre skills she manages to get herself out of harms way so many times as to be completely unbelievable. This book was a Bruce Willis movie with a female in the lead and I LOVED IT!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessy

    When I read the first Thorn novel I thought I could write off James W. Hall. It was just ok and I felt no need to pursue the series further. But when my husband started reading this book, and was staying up late to see what would happen next, I decided I would give James W. Hall another shot. I am so glad I did. James has come a long way as a writer from 1987 to 2017. I guess it goes to show you can't just write someone off based on their early work. This book had great thriller pacing, interest When I read the first Thorn novel I thought I could write off James W. Hall. It was just ok and I felt no need to pursue the series further. But when my husband started reading this book, and was staying up late to see what would happen next, I decided I would give James W. Hall another shot. I am so glad I did. James has come a long way as a writer from 1987 to 2017. I guess it goes to show you can't just write someone off based on their early work. This book had great thriller pacing, interesting characters, and an intriguing corporate conspiracy plot. I can't wait for the next one!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    The book started off well, and the first chapter sucked me in. Then it all just fell flat. I didn't connect with any of the characters, the plot was confusing, and as much as I love a badass woman, her fighting was to good to ring true. A woman who is the daughter of a famous photographer, finds her husband and child murdered. Not trusting the police, she investigates on her own showing unbelievable fighting skills, and abundance of wealth to travel the world, and using the amazing connections of The book started off well, and the first chapter sucked me in. Then it all just fell flat. I didn't connect with any of the characters, the plot was confusing, and as much as I love a badass woman, her fighting was to good to ring true. A woman who is the daughter of a famous photographer, finds her husband and child murdered. Not trusting the police, she investigates on her own showing unbelievable fighting skills, and abundance of wealth to travel the world, and using the amazing connections of her mobster grandfather. It kept me interested enough to keep going, but I won't be continuing on to book 2.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bob Reiss

    There is nothing very original about When They Come for You, an international revenge tale that reads like a Hollywood Thriller. This is not a bad thing. Hall peppers this tale with a protagonist worthy of cheering for, an eclectic group of supporting players and some over the top badies, and enough plot and action to keep both sides of your brain intrigued. Narrator Michelle Ferguson handles the tale well, without a lot of bells and whistles. She handles the wide array of voices with workmanlik There is nothing very original about When They Come for You, an international revenge tale that reads like a Hollywood Thriller. This is not a bad thing. Hall peppers this tale with a protagonist worthy of cheering for, an eclectic group of supporting players and some over the top badies, and enough plot and action to keep both sides of your brain intrigued. Narrator Michelle Ferguson handles the tale well, without a lot of bells and whistles. She handles the wide array of voices with workmanlike precision but nothing about this reading will blow you away.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rory Costello

    Hall's way with words is outstanding, and the central concept of corruption in the world of chocolate is very intriguing. Unfortunately, I never warmed to the central character, and even though a sequel that also has a fine central concept has been flagged, I'm not sure that I'll be on board. The villains were quite good, however, and that helped. Hall's way with words is outstanding, and the central concept of corruption in the world of chocolate is very intriguing. Unfortunately, I never warmed to the central character, and even though a sequel that also has a fine central concept has been flagged, I'm not sure that I'll be on board. The villains were quite good, however, and that helped.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strawn

    Somewhat interesting. Could not really get in to the characters. Not a book I could not put down or wait to come back to. Not a complete waste of time. Good action. strong female lead character, good twists. Not planning to read any more in this series or from this author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    I really enjoyed the plot. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going a new layer would form and a new twist showed up. I wish there was more character development of Harper and her family but overall I thought it was a thrilling story.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Loved this book. A very quick, suspenseful read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This book started off with great promise! I loved Harper McDaniel's character, she's amazing! Then it got really complicated, like overly complicated and I got bored. This book started off with great promise! I loved Harper McDaniel's character, she's amazing! Then it got really complicated, like overly complicated and I got bored.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I have always enjoyed Mr. Hall's Thorn series and was happy to read this one that introduces a strong, female lead who finds herself relying on her hidden skills to revenge the murder of her son and husband. I found myself immersed in the story line from the very first page and happy with the outcome and the possibilities of more to come from this character. Another one to add to your to-read list! I have always enjoyed Mr. Hall's Thorn series and was happy to read this one that introduces a strong, female lead who finds herself relying on her hidden skills to revenge the murder of her son and husband. I found myself immersed in the story line from the very first page and happy with the outcome and the possibilities of more to come from this character. Another one to add to your to-read list!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ben

    "When They Come For You" is a thriller by James W. Hall, an award-winning author of mysteries. But not this one , I fear. The books begins with Harper McDaniel, a phototographer being stalked by a hired killer. He has infiltrated her life, in fact, even her house, planting cameras and listening devices to track her every move, in preparation for the hit job. He becomes obsessed with her infatuated, in fact. One night, while at a celebrity soirée she is summoned by her host. Something very bad has "When They Come For You" is a thriller by James W. Hall, an award-winning author of mysteries. But not this one , I fear. The books begins with Harper McDaniel, a phototographer being stalked by a hired killer. He has infiltrated her life, in fact, even her house, planting cameras and listening devices to track her every move, in preparation for the hit job. He becomes obsessed with her infatuated, in fact. One night, while at a celebrity soirée she is summoned by her host. Something very bad has happened, he says. A policeman then tells her that her home is afire and that her husband and infant child are dead. In fact , they did not die in the fire, but by gunshots. We learn that her husband, an " investigative reporter" had been working on an expose of the cacao plantations in Africa and their use of forced child labor to harvest the chocolate pods. It was a story that threatened a billion dollar industrial concern. So far, okay. But from this point on, the plot grows less credible and more tortuous. First, Harper, is highly skilled in all kinds of martial arts, and has a mysterious past as a secret agent for the CIA, or something similar. Second,Her mother Deena a famous celebrity photographer (think Diana Vreeland, maybe) whose work appeared in major cell magazines and galleries, and renown for her insight into people with whom Harper worked as an assistant never suspected her secret life. Some insight. Her estranged father was a wealthy businessman, but a nonentity in the lives of Harper's mother and Harper herself, as he was unable to handle his wife's fame, not to mention her long affair with a rugged movie star action hero, an unknown actor in "spaghetti westerns" named Ben Westfield ( get it?) who became prominent when one of her pictures of the squint-eyed, sombrero - wearing star made him famous. Third, Harper's grandfather is a notorious criminal big wheel, now retired, who has friends in high, and low, places. He contacts Harper offering help in searching for the killers. It is hard to believe he is not being watched and that their phone conversations are not tapped. The mechanics of the plot boggle the mind. While researching the African plantation in terrorist controlled jungles, she is captured by a squad of armed killers, but manages to overcome them with a few well-aimed elbow strikes, allowing her to grab a AK-47 and blast her way out of danger .Later on, in Switzwerland investigating the chocolate industry, she manages to infiltrate the HQ, even though her description is known by security, through a ruse that even Inspector Clouseau would see through. Using recently learned skills , she steals hard drives, disables security devices and baffles guards. She even escapes from a deadly situation, battering her assailant with a picture frame. Of course, though this takes place in a hotel room The fight that must have been a bit loud, but no one notices. Despite leaving beinhind fingerprints and blood and being seen by the night clerk, and committing murder in a country with a highly efficient police force dedicated to the protection of the secrecy of banks, and moreover, one that is highly suspicious of all foreigners, especially one in whose entourage is a notorious crime boss, she is not a suspect. In fact there is apparently no investigation. The corporate management , the bad guys, of course, are ca confusing group. There is a woman bodybuilder type who hardly fits into the mold of a Swiss executive. The CFO, a fanboy of "Bob Westfield" an item that is important to the book's endgame, does a lot of communicating over open phone lines for a security- conscious businessman. And the head of security is not very committed to his job. Oh, and the CFO brings his daughter to work- can't afford a nanny, I guess. After a few pages of that brat's foul mouth, one wishes that Harper would swing an elbow in her direction. And the end piece? So preposterous that I began to wonder if the author was at all serious about the book. Or maybe Mr.Hall simply tossed it off as a bad start and just decided to end it with enough guns going off to cloud the air with smoke. A bad effort, it was.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    This action packed thriller seems to be the first in a series featuring photographer and former agent Harper McDaniel. The plot revolves around the murder of Harper's husband and baby and her plan to find out what happened and ultimatey seek revenge. With the help of her brother Nick and her retired Mafia Grandfather Sal, Harper starts to investigate her late husband's life, in particular the last story he was working on as a journalist and this leads her into some very dark places and into extre This action packed thriller seems to be the first in a series featuring photographer and former agent Harper McDaniel. The plot revolves around the murder of Harper's husband and baby and her plan to find out what happened and ultimatey seek revenge. With the help of her brother Nick and her retired Mafia Grandfather Sal, Harper starts to investigate her late husband's life, in particular the last story he was working on as a journalist and this leads her into some very dark places and into extreme danger. I liked the main character who is a real kick ass heroine, an expert in martial arts with a keen brain. The pace of the book was fast moving which made it quick to read in order to find out who was behind Harper's difficulties. My only criticism would be that there were a lot of characters, particularly amongst the bad guys so it was sometimes difficult to work out who they were and what motivated them to act as they did. Harper's Grandfather, Sal was interesting as although he appeared to be a retired gangster he was very endearing and couldn't do enough to help his granddaughter. I couldn't really picture him in his former life as he seemed far too nice! The main crux of the story about cacao plantations in the Ivory Coast and the way the beans are harvested means that I will be not look at the chocolate I eat in the same way again. Who has been exploited so that the cacao beans can be exported and turned into the sweets we all enjoy? This was well researched by the author and really made me think. The last few pages of the book seemed to almost lead into the next novel so I shall be looking out for this when it is published in the future. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my arc in exchange for an honest review.

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