Dive into the bestselling Gibson Vaughn series where the past won’t rest, but neither will he.
After a period of brutal isolation in a CIA black-site prison, former Marine and gifted hacker Gibson Vaughn is free—but with no idea where he was or how much time he’s lost. Struggling to maintain his grip on reality, he races to return to the life he left behind. Angry and disoriented, his thoughts turn to vengeance and the man responsible for his rendition. But Gibson’s drive for retribution and the ghosts of his violent past plunge him back into a world he wants only to escape.
As old enemies and once-trusted allies resurface, the architects of a murderous conspiracy will beat a sinister path to Gibson’s doorstep. In discovering the shocking truth about those he thought he knew best, only one thing is certain: those responsible must be made to answer…and pay.
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Cold Harbor by Matthew FitzSimmons is the third book in th Gibson Vaughn series. I read the previous 2 books and this seems to wrap up the loose ends that were in the previous books. Cold Harbor will keep you turning pages and saying "I didn't see that coming". It is full of suspense with twists and turns that will keep you reading. The plot and the characters are well developed. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I would suggest that you read The Short Drop and Poisonfeather before reading this one. You will not be sorry. I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway but I did not start reading it until I finished the other two books by FitzSimmons. Fortunately, they were available in our Public Library. I highly recommend this book and this series.
Gibson Vaughn is back & he’s not doing well. Eighteen months in complete isolation has left him clinging to his last shred of sanity. When abruptly freed, he has nothing but 2 travelling companions…the ghosts of his father & childhood fiend Bear. Gib knows it’s not normal to talk to the dead but after losing everything, he takes comfort in their familiar faces. Once he makes it home, Gib tries to pick up the pieces but never loses sight of his goal. The man responsible for his incarceration will pay. But while he’s putting the plan together, there are a few complications. Turns out his ex-wife & daughter have disappeared & a very persistent detective would really like to know where he’s been. He also gets some startling news regarding Poisonfeather (last book) that seems to be connected to his abduction. Then Bear’s grandmother summons him for an audience. She’s an aristocratic old bat he loathes but she has a plan of her own & if he can pull it off, it just might save his life. This is book #3 in the series & I’d really recommend reading the others first. The plot is intricate & draws heavily on events from previous story lines. There are many returning characters & as all the little bits & pieces slide into place, it feels like everything that came before will finally become clear & help Gib make sense of what happened to his life. It’s definitely an action thriller but Gib’s battle with PTSD is a poignant thread that runs through the story. His fragile mental state, conversations with the dead & desperate attempts to reconnect with the living make this character much more complex than your stock action hero. Questions are answered & true villains revealed. And as tension amps up for the last quarter, a wee beverage might come in handy to help you get through an explosive finale. It’s an ending that will have you wishing you could jump right into book #4.
A Good Read, But a Very Good Read If You Have Read the Previous Novel Cold Harbor is the third novel in the Gibson Vaughn series. Gibson finds himself in a CIA prison. He has not had any human contact since his arrival whenever that was. His isolation has brought fourth two people from his past, Bear, Suzanne Lombard, a character from the first novel of this series, and Duke, his dead father. Talking and reminiscing with them was the only way he kept his sanity. He planned how to take revenge on the CIA agent who put him in this prison. Suddenly, the door opens, and he finds himself hooded, shackled, and in a descending plane. He was dumped at the same airport from which he was taken by the CIA. With him was Charles Merrick who had been renditioned with him. Merrick blames Gibson for his current situation and attacks Gibson. Gibson gets free and tries to pick up his life. The main storyline takes off from here. Now, I had read the first novel in this series, Short Drop, and had purchased but not read the second novel, Poisonfeather. Much of the first part of the novel seemed to rely heavily on the previous novel, I decided to stop reading Cold Harbor, and read Poisonfeather. Now, can you read Cold Harbor without first reading Poisonfeather? Yes but, the essential background is provided in most instances, but in some background is a little light. Because of this, I strongly recommend that you read Poisonfeather before Cold Harbor. You will not have the doubts and questions that I did when starting to read this novel. I am glad that I did go back and read Poisonfeather. This is a thriller, so the main storyline involves Gibson solving problems as where are his wife and child, how to get his life back together, and how to achieve revenge on a CIA agent. He still argues with Bear and Duke to his chagrin when people noticed his behavior. All of them are quite challenging and brings him under police scrutiny. Then, when it seems that it could not get any worse, he gets a lifeline from an old enemy. The B-storyline is quite rich and will advance your understanding of Gibson as a person, his relationship with his wife and daughter, and many characters from the first two books. The author weaved these storylines into the main storyline quite well and enriched my enjoyment in reading this novel. This novel did keep my interest and keep me reading once I had read the previous novel. This keeping my interest is one of my major criteria for a high star rating. Also, all of the loose ends were tied up by the end. Because of some parts of the novel really were better having read the previous novel, I give this novel a four star rating. To be honest, I recommend reading all three novels in order, and your enjoyment will increase to five stars. I have received a free Advanced Reading Copy of this novel through NetGalley from Thomas & Mercer with a request for an honest, unbiased review. I wish to thank Thomas & Mercer for the opportunity to read this novel early.