Title: Gun Metal Heart Author: Dana Haynes Published: August 19th 2014 by Minotaur Books Format: Hardcover, 320 pages Genre: Thriller Series: Daria Gibron #2
Once again, another author that does not receive the recognition that is deserved. I found Dana Haynes quite by accident when I read his book Crashers. After book two in the Crashers series, he made a slight detour and brought his readers up to date with Daria Gibron, an ex-Israeli spy.
I do not know how to describe her. She is neither good nor bad, but has a burning passion to keep the playing field fair. As an independent operative that is laying low in Italy, until she recovers her strength from her last anti-terrorism battle, until that is Diego, a bodyguard that has been hired to protect a scientist that has new aerospace technology, contacts her.
Not being able to say no when a trusted friend asks for help, Daria find herself in a battle with the White Scorpions, a Serbian paramilitary group.
I will be the first to tell you that I did not quite understand all of the political playing, but that did not take away from the story of Daria and Major Arcana a statuesque ice blonde that is every bit an equal to Daria in both cunning, wit and determination.
John Broom is back and it is a darn good thing since it is not just the Serbs and their cohorts but also a group of CIA operatives that Daria had a hand in humiliating that is determined to take Daria out in any brutal way possible.
This book is not for the squeamish. There is a great deal of blood, guts and gore, but at the same time, there is the most incredible dry humor that you will read in a book. It is descriptive, it is blatant and it is funny.
Daria is a contrast, she battles demons in her dreams and her waking world is no different, she uses sex for medicinal purposes, but she loves with a deep passion and if you are fortunate enough to be her friend, she will show you how tender her hard heart can be.