Competent. Joseph Finder introduces protagonist Nick Heller in a new novel titled, Vanished. Nick is a former special forces officer who now works for a private intelligence company. When his nephew Gabe calls and tells Nick that his stepdad and Nick’s older brother, Roger, has disappeared, Nick drops everything to help. Nick responded not because of his relationship with Roger, which is strained, but because Gabe asked. The suspense in Vanished, and the plot twists will keep most readers well-entertained. I found it is Nick’s character that kept me turning the pages. Cool and competent with a clear moral compass and passion for justice, I wanted to know more about Nick, and despite his superhero exploits in Vanished, I felt he was underdeveloped as a character. Finder promises more novels featuring Nick, so we’ll see how this character develops over time.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)