The Gatekeeper

James Byrne


James Byrne’s The Gatekeeper introduces Dez Limerick in the most anticipated new thriller in years.

A highly trained team of mercenaries launches a well-planned, coordinated attack on a well-guarded military contractor – but they didn’t count on one thing, the right man being in the wrong place at the right time.

Desmond Aloysius Limerick (“Dez” to all) is a retired mercenary, and enthusiastic amateur musician, currently in Southern California, enjoying the sun and sitting in on the occasional gig, when the hotel he’s at falls under attack. A skilled team attempts to kidnap the Chief legal counsel of Triton Expeditors, a major military contractor – in fact, Petra Alexandris is the daughter of the CEO – but their meticulously-planned, seamlessly executed scheme runs into the figurative ‘spanner-in-the-works,’ Dez himself.

After foiling the attack, and with nothing better to do, Dez agrees to help Alexandris with another problem she’s having – someone has embezzled more than a billion dollars from her company and left very few tracks behind. But Dez is a gatekeeper – one who opens doors and keeps them open – and this is just a door of another kind. And the door he opens leads to a dangerous conspiracy involving media manipulation, militias, an armed coup, and an attempt to fracture the United States themselves. There’s only one obstacle between the conspirators and success – and that is Dez, The Gatekeeper.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5) I love a book that is non stop action, great banter and hilarious characters. This had it all and a great storyline to match. Dez Limerick foils a kidnapping scheme of one of the wealthiest women around. Afterward, he helps her find who has been embezzling one billion dollars from her company and what they planned to do with it.

The best thing about this book is Dez. He is funny, sarcastic, snarky and a total bada$$! He made the story so much fun. I even recommended this book to my husband. We found the audio and he has been loving it so much.

I would have loved more backstory on Dez, but also more as to what “the gatekeeper” was. The story got a bit overdone for me towards the end but the ride was still exciting and fun. I’m still not sure how the entire premise of the book was by chance? Not sure that plays well for me. Beyond that, I was entertained!

I recommend this for fans of Orphan X (highly recommend), Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne or any sort of military thriller!

General content summary: F words: 20+, intimacy (closed door, few details 2x), physical violence (multiple, sometimes with weapons, blood), white supremacists, killings (multiple, blood), fraud/embezzlement, suicide (gun, details, gore), m/m relationship, suicide (no details).

Thank you to Minotaur Books for the gifted copy!

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