Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Haven’s War
SERIES: Safe Haven Book 2
AUTHOR: Parker Williams
PUBLISHER: Pride Press
LENGTH: 392 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 26, 2017
With Haven on an extended honeymoon with Sammy, bad guys around the world are breathing a lot easier. No one is better at permanently removing these lowlifes who target children—and the brutal murder of two teenage girls makes clear it’s past time to return to work. Haven’s first assignment back results in a new family member and a renewed sense of urgency to protect and avenge the innocent.
There is nothing ‘usual’ about the business of hunting predators, but when several of Haven’s fellow agents are killed, a pattern emerges. The hunters have become the prey, tools in a bitter vendetta for a perceived wrong.
Despite years of working alone, when the target shifts to someone unexpected, Haven calls in reinforcements—a friend to stand between the family he loves and a ruthless killer. Teamwork may be the only way to win this fight—unless it’s already too little, too late.
Haven tries to approach this as he would any other assignment. Find your enemy and make sure they suffer before you eliminate them. But when a member of his team goes off-book and ends up dead, everything changes. It’s no longer a battle.
Now it’s war.
When I saw the notice for this one, I knew I had to read it. I read and reviewed the previous book in the series, Haven’s Creed, when it came out in December of 2015 and absolutely loved it. It was very dark, and told the tale of a man recruited by a secret government agency to become a type of hit man, but a hit man with purpose. He was taking out the evil doers that deserved justice, but in various manners escaped it through manipulation, payoffs, etc.
Haven’s War is set a year or so (I believe) later than the first book, but we are back again with our heroes, Haven and Sammy. Now, I’m going to be honest, I don’t think you should read this book without reading the first one first. Haven and Sammy’s back story is too important to the overall plot and storyline and you need to know what happened previously. This one reads as a direct continuation of that one, and even having read the previous book before, I made sure I went back and re-read it so I could read both in one marathon read. I’m really glad I did because there were details I had forgotten.
In this new installment, Haven and Sammy have settled down, and someone who was on the fringes is now a part of their family. But, someone is killing agents and ex-agents, and it seems like Haven might be next on the killer’s agenda. Their lives will become a whirlwind… can Sammy keep Haven focused? No hints, but I like the interplay of this couple as they struggle with domesticity. Along the way, others will join them in their fight… and they might even get a dog.
As with the previous installment, there are parts of the book that are quite dark. There is lots of blood and gore and some minor references to BDSM. It wouldn’t be for all of our readers. There is a romance running through the story, a couple actually, but the majority of the storyline revolves around the killer and how they attempt to solve who that person is.
I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a secret agent, hired killer, good versus evil sort of story.