Total Mayhem

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 28 Jun 2019

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Three simultaneous terror attacks occur at the same time in the heartland of the United States, Planned for maximum damage the attacks targeted children first. One of the attackers is caught and brought to a secret location. The FBI asks Jonathan Grave and his team to help stop the future attacks. Since  Grave doesn't have to follow all the rules, his team is the best chance to stop the attacks and the terrorists.

This is a suspenseful, twisty, action-packed thriller. The interactions of Grave and his team are intense and sometimes filled with dark humor.  This is the 10th book in the Jonathan Grave series but each is a stand alone. Highly recommended.
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In this further adventure of Jonathan Grave and his team, the country is under attack - a series of deadly  assaults kill and main thousands all across the nation, all orchestrated by ISIS. But this time the terrorists are c working through American traitors - like Grave himself, they're former Special Forces, and they're bringing their particular brand of mayhem right to Jonathan's front door. Only one man can stop Operation Retribution - unless they get Have first ' A fast-paced thriller with a familiar supporting cast, but the series is getting creaky in this latest incarnation.
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Rating 3.5 Stars

Mayhem grew to critical proportions in mere seconds. 

Graves team of coverts for the FBI are on the case when a handful of high school shootings occur at the same time. The shootings were professional and did not discriminate. Done at a high school football game where all mayhem broke lose. Grave's team has a lead when a shooter is apprehended but on meeting with the shooter, they only come up with more questions and a deeper concern arise. They only know one thing, more mayhem is to come.

This is a fast paced action packed read. Gilstrap does his research on this that even the unbelievable is made believable. Thoroughly enjoyed this one.

A Special Thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest revie
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I had not read the first 10 books in the Jonathan Grave Thriller series.  I will be remedying that.  Total Mayhem is a roller coaster of a thriller. The pacing is fast of course, and the action comes at you just as fast.  I was not confused or lost, John Gilstrap does an excellent job of providing any necessary back story. I was particularly impressed by the balance of action and story. The transitions are seamless, and the action sequences  move the story along rather than interrupt it. Characters are three dimensional and dare I say likable? Total Mayhem grabbed me early and kept me reading straight through. 
I received my copy through NetGalley under no obligation.
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John Gilstrap can write no bad fiction, IMHO.  I adore his Scorpion books and this one is no different.  John kicks off the action in the first few pages and keep you on a wild ride until the very last page.  I think he's one of the most unrated writers in the fiction community and it would be my pleasure to interview him on my radio show.
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OMG.  This book starts with a bang, goes for the throat, and never lets up.  Gilstrap, an excellent writer and plotter, keeps the suspense going throughout the book, ratcheting it up so that this reader had to stop and take a deep breath before plunging back into the maelstrom.

I don’t like spoilers, so I don’t want to give anything away, but suffice it to say that just when the reader thinks there is going to be a break in the action, something else happens; Gilstrap is relentless.  If you have read any others in this series; this is the eleventh of the Jonathan Grave books, the usual gang is all here and active.

 This is such a good book, not cheerful by any means, but simply compelling.  You won’t be able to put it down, whether this is your first Jonathan Grave book, or your eleventh.  Gilstrap pulls no punches, and the reader is the beneficiary of his outsize talent.  Read “Total Mayhem,” you will be glad you did.
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First, thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the Advance Readers Copy of TOTAL MAYHEM. This is John Gilstrap's 11th Digger Grave novel, and one of the best so far. Digger and his team are called into action by FBI Director Irene Rivers, who needs a covert team to hunt down a home-grown terrorist group that is coordinating mass-murder attacks in Middle America. The writing, as usual, is excellent, and the team gives their best performance to date. Gilstrap remains on my MUST-READ list with this series.
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I have read a number of books from this author and like the rest…this book is starts out with a bang and does not let up after that.  I have to admit that I was a little unnerved by the body count and I also felt that the ending was a little abrupt..  I wish that there was an Epilogue to tie loose ends up.   Other than that, a very good read if you like a thriller and suspense!  I would rate this a solid 4-1/4 stars

I would like to thank the author, the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review
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Middle America is under fire and Digger, Boxer & Gunslinger are trying to learn all they can about what happened. Small town school football games were attacked all at the same time. This time the attacks are directed at innocents of all ages. It is a 'on the edge of your seat' story from beginning to the end. Every time the group think they are getting near they lose their advantage. Who are these guys and why are they doing this terrible thing? The closer Digger and his group get the more the terror comes their way. Can they stop it in time?
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Total Mayhem is a great action thriller. Fast paced and well written. The characters are interesting and well developed.
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It's official! With the publication of John Gilstrap's, "Total Mayhem," the cool factor long held by Jack Reacher has been surpassed by Gilstrap's multi-layered protagonist, Jonathan Graves. The irrepressible Graves -- security consultant, hostage rescue expert and former Special Forces Officer -- is always on the side of the Good Guys, but the line separating him from the Bad Guys is  often murky, and the ethical grey areas he is forced to operate in (along with the well-plotted action sequences),  are what give these novels the tension and suspense that have made Gilstrap one of the top thriller writers today.
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Total Mayhem is the eleventh book in the Jonathan Graves series by John Gilstrap.

Coordinated attacks wreak terror on middle America. Jonathan and his team are asked by Wolverine, the Director of the FBI, to find who is behind it and stop them. At whatever the cost...

I've been a fan of John Gilstrap since Nathan's Run. And I've enjoyed the Jonathan Graves series. This book is a departure from previous books in that Jonathan and team look for domestic terrorists, instead of hostage rescue. Gilstrap makes a lot of observations about what happens when soldiers come back from deployment and find their special skills may not always match civilian requirements. Some strong female characters and lots of Gilstrap action. and some interesting back and forth about the rule of law during extenuating circumstances.

Another great read from Gilstrap. You should definitely check this out out when it releases 6/25.
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John Gilstrap and Joanthan Graves...a match made in thriller suspense heaven! It's Friday Night Lights Out when terrorists simultaneously strike multiple targets in small town USA.  Wolverine calls in Digger and team to track down the terrorists before they can strike again.  That proves tricky when you can't tell the good guys from the bad and don't know who to trust.  This is a fast paced thrill ride that zips from small towns to black site prisons and hospitals to the center of Justice in the USA and ultimately threatens those closest to Digger.  The author knows his territory, has done his research and it shows.  There's some editorializing along the way but only in a way to make one stop and think.  If you love action and suspense you won't be disappointed.  All the characters we've come to know in the series are back in full force, locked and loaded for bear, ready for this latest difficult challenge.  It's a summer read you won't want to put down, so don't start reading at night!
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It's an action thriller, it's got a lot of hardware and tactical ops sequences. Enjoyable thrills at a fast pace.
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ARC from NET GALLEY

I am the anti-series guy normally but I took a chance and other than the quick ending (or so I thought) I enjoyed this thriller about soldiers on the right and wrong side.  Don;t get side tracked by the #11 in the series, sit back and enjoy this one as a standalone; I did.
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Okay I'm a series girl and when I find a new author to me and I like the book and its characters I always want it to be a series, so Yay! I have ten books I can go back and read. You can bet I'll start in that immediately as this book is amazing.

Great characters, great plot and even better action. Who can not love Boxers and his love of violence and pain?  But he is well balanced by Digger (Jonathan) who has a moral compass. Gail (Gunslinger) is the former police side of the unit and we can never forget Ven who is the absolute tech guru and ultimate support during the missions and before. 

There are more characters of course but wow this is a wonderful group if you love action and I'm not only a series junkie but I'm also an action junkie.

I can wait to read more! I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Another Jonathan Graves book. If you’ve read any of the others, you know what to expect. If this is your first, it’s as good a jumping on point as any. The book moves quickly with a lot going on. As th3 book moves on , there’s more focus on action. There could have been more character development , both for the bad guys and the effects at the end of the book on the good guys. I enjoyed it and will come back for their next adventures.
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John Gilstrap never disappoints, and “Total Mayhem” is a welcome addition to the series. Jonathan “Digger” Grave is given an FBI badge to surreptitiously investigate highly-coordinated terrorist attacks on small towns in America.. The plot thickens as betrayals and trust issues emerge. No holds are barred as the climax strikes too close o home.
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So this is book 11 in this series but it is the first in the series i have read. This is a page turning thriller with a storyline of former special ops guys becoming traitors and enacting terrorism on US soil. I did want to understand a bit more of why they turned but maybe that is because i don’t want to think that guys who served our country would turn like that for money.

For those that enjoy covert ops types of books. My only real criticism is that it ended rather abruptly I wanted a bit more to close it out. I also wanted to know more of the characters backstories but I assume those were fleshed out in the first 10 books. 

I was given a Netgalley copy to review in return for an unbiased review.
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A great read that continues a great series. Jonathan Grave or Digger as he is know to those close to him is alerted to the fact that in a day involving six attacks in middle America, the only perpetrator is someone he once knew in the military. He sets of to meet this individual and get some answers and hopefully catch the other 5 assassins. Little does he realize that he will be seemingly one step behind at every turn trying to uncover the truth. An excellent story with a ton of action that I didn't want to end.  I hope the author continues this series for a long time.
Thank you Netgalley, John Gilstrap, Kensington Books , Pinnacle for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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