"Bruno Johnson believes so passionately in justice that he'll lie, cheat, and steal to achieve it—and he'll pulverize anybody who gets in his way." —Booklist
Former cop and ex-con Bruno Johnson and his wife Marie, living in their safe haven in Costa Rica with the children they illegally rescued from certain death, find a message from their outlaw motorcycle gang enemies written on the back of one of their beloved children. The motorcycle gang, Sons of Satan, out for revenge, will stop at nothing to lure the now furious Bruno back into their web. Bruno and Marie, forced to return to Southern California, battle additional demons in the form of an ex-spouse's entanglements.
The FBI, watching the Sons of Satan, recognizes Bruno's unique skills and ties. They recruit him to recover a stolen military drone armed with Hellfire missiles, while Bruno struggles to keep pregnant Marie out of the crossfire. Ultimately, Bruno's inability to ignore a woman in peril yields unspeakable consequences.
"Bruno Johnson believes so passionately in justice that he'll lie, cheat, and steal to achieve it—and he'll pulverize anybody who gets in his way. The beauty of these novels is the textured, visceral prose. One can smell the hot gun metal, feel the whiskey's bite, taste the beer at the end of a dusty day... astute observations and the wonderfully alive writing." —Booklist
"[The Vanquished is] a simply riveting read from cover to cover..." —The Midwest Book Review
"In [this] action-packed fourth Bruno Johnson novel (after 2016's The Squandered), Putnam combines some surprising facets of Bruno's past with some startling betrayals and plenty of violence." —Publishers Weekly
"Bad Boy Bruno Johnson comes out of hiding to battle a vicious biker gang that threatens his family. Bring an oxygen tank with you when you read The Vanquished because you'll be holding your breath the whole time. Unrelenting action with more twists than a sidewinder trail. A lightning read!" —Matt Coyle, Anthony Award-winning author
"Dave Putnam is the real deal. He gives us an insider's view of what it's like to be a cop the grit, the intense camaraderie, the futile nature of the job and most important, what one good and selfless soul can accomplish. He even managed to make me miss ratty old Dodge Diplomat patrol car. The Vanquished takes you on to the mean streets so you feel like you're there with Bruno, fighting and grieving alongside him. The most real cop books I've read in ages. Good old authentic storytelling from someone who's been there and done that." —Marc Cameron, New York Times best-selling author
"...exciting scenes, plus plenty of blood and gore." —BookLoons
"...the perfect action thriller" —ArtisticBent.org
"a page-turner, jammed with threat and danger." —Kingdom Books
"The best-selling author has put a 31-year law enforcement career to good use in his bad boy cop hero, and this latest installment is as thrilling as the previous three, The Disposables, The Replacements and The Squandered." —In Search of Ada
"David Putnam continues the Bruno Johnson series with The Vanquished. This series is perfect for those that like their cop stories gritty, but Putnam also always manages to touch the heart as well." —BOLO Books
"The Vanquished did to me what so many books are said to do but, in real life, rarely accomplish—it kept me up way, way past my bedtime." —Tim Hallinan, Edgar, Shamus, Macavity and Lefty nominee
“An incredibly complex cast of characters intertwines in an intricately developed story that delivers adventure from start to finish.” —InD’Tale Magazine- -