“Those who Wish me Dead” by Michael Koryta
Young Jace Wilson needs to prove his classmates wrong; he's not afraid of heights. He leaps from a tall ledge into dangerous waters to show those who made fun of him that he's not a chicken.
But what he finds is more than courage. He swims next to dead bodies then witnesses a murder. Since then, he has been on the run. The men know who he is and they need to kill him before he can testify against them. He goes into witness protection, but it's not enough. So, his parents agree to take him off the grid; into the Montana mountains where surely, no one will find him. But they do.
And the thriller is on. Jace hopes to rely on Ethan, the man in charge of teaching young boys survivor skills. Ethan finds out that the killers have burned his home and sent his wife Allison to the hospital, barely escaping death. Ethan vows to keep her safe. But safe is not what she is.
Jace realizes the men have found him on the mountain, so relying on the skills Ethan showed him, he goes solo into the mountains in order to keep Ethan and the other boys from harm.
What ensues is a treacherous race between escaping the killers and outrunning a forest fire. But Jace isn't alone. Hannah, the firefighter in the tower, comes to his aid. Ethan is forced by the killers to find Jace in the mountains.
More than outstanding, this book will have you jumping from one chapter to another as the fire races across the mountains, as Jace and Hannah try to survive, and while Ethan tries to keep both killers away from Jace.
This thriller had me glued to the words, not wanting to do anything else but finish this book. Koryta pens a novel that will leave you gasping along with the characters.
This is excellent and one I recommend. Absolutely without a doubt--5 STARS.