Monday, May 1, 2023

Review - The Instructor

Title:   The Instructor
Author:  T. R. Hendricks
Series:  Derek Harrington #1
Publisher:  Forge Books
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers; Action
Format:  print and Audiobook ARCs
No. of Pages:   320
Date of Publication:   April 11, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars 


Dive into The Instructor , former Army intelligence officer T. R. Hendricks' fast paced, action-packed debut thriller that's Jack Reacher meets Survivorman , the first novel in the Derek Harrington series!

“Packed with action, tension, and humanity, The Instructor delivers.”
―Mark Greaney, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Burner , a Gray Man Novel

Derek Harrington, retired Marine Force Recon and SERE instructor, is barely scraping by teaching the basics of wilderness survival. His fledgling bushcraft school is on the cusp of going out of business and expenses are piling up fast. His only true mission these days? To get his ailing father into a full care facility and to support his ex-wife and their son.

When one of his students presents him with an opportunity too good to be true―$20,000 to instruct a private group for 30 days in upstate New York―Derek reluctantly takes the job, despite his reservations about the group's insistence on anonymity. But it isn't long before the training takes an unexpected turn―and a new offer is made.

Reaching out to an FBI contact to sound his concerns, Derek soon finds himself in deep cover, deep in the woods, embroiled with a fringe group led by a charismatic leader who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. When what he wants becomes Derek's head, the teacher is pitted against his students as Derek races against time to stop what could very well be the first attack by the domestic terrorist cell.

“A pulse-pounding thriller. . . Hendricks delivers on all cylinders!”
―Simon Gervais, former RCMP counterterrorism officer and bestselling author of The Last Protector

Derek Harrington, former Marine and now a SERE instructor, never has a dull moment in his life. His job teaching wilderness survival isn’t quite making ends meet. Will he accept a job that will pay him $20,000 for 30 days work? Derek has his doubts, especially as he grows closer to the purpose and the people behind the mission. Going undercover working for the FBI soon becomes Derek’s only recourse.

What an exceptional debut novel! Action packed from beginning to end, T. R. Hendricks doesn’t miss a beat. Action novels are not my goto genre, but boy am I thrilled that I received a print copy of this for review. Then, after reading the description, I was even more excited to have also having received this book as an audiobook, which was expertly narrated by Jay Snyder. What then happened? A one-sitting listen that had me on the edge of my seat. This remarkable experience has got me eagerly awaiting the next installment. 

Many thanks to Forge Books, MacMillan Audio and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


T. R. HENDRICKS is a former United States Army Captain who served as a tank platoon leader, and then as a military intelligence officer, where he was an advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of Interior's National Information and Intelligence Agency. When not working or writing in his home in upstate New York, Hendricks is most likely reading, woodworking, or watching his beloved San Francisco 49ers. The Instructor is his first novel.

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