Zero Mercy by Scarlett Braden has an interesting subtitle: The Evolution of Pierce Wellington III. Pierce is an Army brat. With a four-star general for a father, it is easy to understand that every moment of his life was colored military. Pierce mentions that his father was probably disappointed that he had only one son. There was an older sister, a younger sister, and the long-suffering (but accepting Army wife. This story will follow Pierce through military boarding school, West Point, the Green Berets, and through a military career until a life-changing moment that occurred with the death of one of his sisters. Harper did not die a natural or accidental death. An abusive husband went too far; Tony killed Harper. To find out how Pierce dealt with that, read the story.
Following her death, Pierce starts questioning his values and contributions to humanity in general. His mission was to save others and he was successful at it. He could not, however, save one of his own family. Pierce thinks further about the lot of women vis-a-vis men in a global and philosophical setting. Military careers can end after twenty years, retirement is possible at that time. Pierce thinks about what he can do post-military. A career as a private investigator with an aim of helping abused women is a possibility.
Author Scarlett Braden is a woman. Her protagonist in this story is not only a man but is a military special operations type. It is difficult to find a character more macho than that. But he also ends up sensitive to victims, especially female victims. At a time when we have the Me Too movement and there are increasing attempts to make workplaces safer for women, there is also a mini-backlash against, surprisingly, men who support these efforts. The argument seems to be “Thanks for the empathy but you will never understand because you are not a woman.” So, I, as a reader, read with interest a story written by a woman from the perspective of a man who is trying to help women. It is interesting, not in an earth-shaking way but more like a passing interest.
I downloaded this from Instafreebie. As the name of the site indicates, I am not going to complain about the price. However, the formatting was a bit unusual Everything was double-spaced and the font was larger than I am used to. Yes, I could change the font size on my Kindle. And then change it again for the next book. But I am an exceptionally lazy reader. I want books delivered in a standard format.
The writing style was pleasant enough for me that I went to Scarlet Braden’s Amazon author page. I am looking forward to her Friends in Foreign Places Anthology.