Focus Friday: When Death Strikes

The fourth Eva Driscoll thriller

By Alan McDermott

Sonny put the skillet back on the stove and cracked open the kitchen door. He decided to clear the ground floor first—that was where guard quarters were most likely to be found—then check for a basement. If he hadn’t found Eva by then, he would go upstairs.

He saw a hallway with four doors. He reckoned the staff quarters would be one of the side rooms, so he started towards a door to the left of the main entrance. He’d only gone a couple of paces when he heard a familiar sound: a safety being released. Sonny broke into a sprint and turned his head in the direction of the sound in time to see a guard swing a rifle up to his shoulder. Sonny fired as he ran, but his shots went high and wide. The guard missed, too, as Sonny rolled into a crouch and fired again, hitting his target in the shoulder. As the man’s rifle dropped, Sonny steadied himself and put two shots in the man’s head.

The noise from the guard’s rifle would have alerted the rest of the house, so Sonny holstered the pistol and unclipped one of the assault rifles, an HK G36. No need for stealth now.

The door he’d been heading towards burst open, and two men piled out into the hallway. Ready, Sonny emptied half a magazine into them. They danced like marionettes before hitting the floor, and Sonny leaped over the bodies into the room they’d come from. It was empty, with no other entrances. As he retreated to the hallway, shots peppered the door frame millimeters from his head. He ducked back inside as more rounds smashed into the door where he’d been standing moments earlier.

If he didn’t move, he’d be dead. It sounded like he was facing at least two weapons, but it could be more. The angle of attack gave him a vague idea where they were, so he unclipped the flashbang and pulled the pin. The fuse was set for a five-second delay, so he let the handle fly, counted to three and lobbed it into the hallway.

He was ready, but the guards were not. When seven million lumens flooded the hallway with a two-hundred decibel bang, Sonny was on the move. He had around five seconds before the effect of the flash-bang wore off, but that proved enough. He dispatched one guard on the ground floor, near the kitchen door, then turned his attention to a second at the top of the stairs. A three-round burst took him down.

Sonny deftly switched mags and brought his weapon up to his shoulder once more, scanning for threats as he made his way to another ground-floor door. He kicked it in, but there was no response from inside. He stuck his head around the frame for an instant, trying to draw fire, but still no shots came. He ran inside, checked every angle, then mentally marked it off as clear. The next room was also empty. As he emerged from it, a figure ran into the hallway and skidded to a stop when he saw Sonny. He raised his weapon, but far too slowly. A burst from Sonny’s HK put him on his back.

There was only one more room on the ground floor to check. It turned out to be the living room, and there was no one inside.

That left the top floor.

Sonny climbed the stairs carefully, checking the landing as well as his six. When he reached the top unmolested, he faced a choice of closed doors. With no sounds to give him a clue, he went left.

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When Death Strikes

Eva Driscoll and Simon ‘Sonny’ Baines are living the good life. They have money and each other, but most importantly, their enemies think they are dead.

Their new life is shattered when a bar room brawl thrusts them back into the spotlight, and they must evade a psychotic cartel boss and his skilled tracker if they are to survive.

But those are not the only dangers they face. Eva and Sonny must battle their way through unforgiving landscapes, but just when they think they are safe, their world turns upside down once more.

Tom Gray and his daughter, Melissa, are keeping their heads down in a small Canadian town. Life is good, if not a little boring, until Melissa is targeted by a school bully. That seemingly innocuous encounter leads the ESO to Gray, and this time there’s nowhere to run.

When Death Strikes is the fourth instalment of the gripping Eva Driscoll series from million-copy bestseller Alan McDermott.

Alan McDermott

Author Alan McDermott

is a full time author from the south of England, married with beautiful twin daughters. He used to write critical applications for the NHS, but now he spends his days writing action thrillers.

His debut novel, Gray Justice, has been very well received and led to the 10-volume Tom Gray series. He was subsequently picked up by Thomas & Mercer, who published his first 10 books.

Alan’s seventh title, Trojan, is a spinoff featuring MI5 agent Andrew Harvey. It was shortlisted for the ITW Best E-Book Original Novel award 2018.

His latest series is the Eva Driscoll thriller series: Run and Hide, Seek and Destroy, Fight to Survive, and soon, When Death Strikes. He has also written two stand-alone thrillers, Motive and Fifteen Times a Killer.

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