Review – Shadow Catcher by James R. Hannibal

I recently received Shadow Maker (Nick Baron Series), the second book in this series for review. I emailed the publicist and told him I prefer to read series in order if possible and he was wonderful and sent me this book to review too!

shadow catcherShadow Catcher: A Novel
(Nick Baron Series)

First Book In Series
The Berkley Publishing Group (October 1, 2013)
Published by The Penguin Group
Trade Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425266878


Over ten years ago, Air Force major Nick Baron was part of a failed special ops mission that left a B-2 stealth bomber at the bottom of the Persian Gulf. Now, leading his men—the Triple Seven Chase team—Baron must find the bomber and dispose of it for good before any unfriendly nation can steal the onboard technology for its own purposes. But as the team embarks on its mission, there are greater dangers waiting.

When the CIA intercepts a call signal from an operative in China long thought dead, the Triple Seven Chase team is given the perilous task of retrieving the lone soldier from deep within the Chinese wilderness. There is only one plane for such a dangerous mission: the Shadow Catcher, a plane with capabilities beyond anything that has ever flown.

What Baron and his men don’t know is that the enemy is already among them—and that the Shadow Catcher itself may be the ultimate prize.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have Mr. James R. Hannibal to thank for a heck of a book hangover. I started reading this book and couldn’t put it down.

James R. Hannibal is a veteran combat pilot with Top Secret clearance from the U.S. government and he writes what he knows and he does it really well. The thing I really appreciated was this story is written for people like me and the military jargon was kept to a minimum. My husband enjoys Tom Clancy but his stories sometimes read like a military handbook and fail to keep my interest. That is not the case at all with Shadow Catcher. The author had me from page one and held on tight to the very last word.

The book starts out with a prologue from 1988 and then goes into the story in 2013 so you know these things are going to connect and with some very clever twists that is exactly what happens.

Hannibal has created some very engaging characters. Their back stories are meshed into the plot effortlessly. This reader came to care about them very quickly.

The story moves at a breakneck speed so don’t pick it up thinking you are going to read just a chapter or two at a time. It just won’t happen.

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To find out more about James R. Hannibal and his books visit his webpage here.

I will be reviewing Shadow Maker next week!!


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3 thoughts on “Review – Shadow Catcher by James R. Hannibal

  1. Sounds good – for my better half. I will look for it at my library for him. Thanks.

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