Jackals by Stuart R Brogan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review of JACKALS by Stuart R. Brogan
JACKALS begins with explosive violence and never lets up. A small four-person group of killers assaults a local police station, then an innocent couple returning from an anniversary dinner. Their choices are not particularly random, and certainly their rationale is not: these killing teams, known as Jackals, are in service to “the Order,” a secretive cabal of highly-placed, powerful, wealthy individuals who, quite frankly, intend to rule the world (or at least the UK). Taking Darwin's Theory of Evolution to an extreme (or perhaps to a divergence), the Order foresees mankind's devolution into animalism. In the meantime, they're going to speed the process, and train their killing teams to practice extreme violence, and to believe they are sending their victims to “the Void,” and by doing so evolving themselves. All that matters is “The Primitive,” and that is what is missing from contemporary humanity.
The team focused on, which attacked the police station and the dining couple, find they may have taken on more than they expected, as some of those they consider “carrion” actually fight back. Throughout the novel it's heart-in-throat with the ups and downs, constant danger, and thrill-a-minute revelations right through to the very end.