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.
"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, author of the Anthony Award-winning Rick Cahill crime series
"Dave Putnam is the real deal. He gives us an insiders 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. 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
"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. At my age, that's quite a testimonial." —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
"...a page-turner, jammed with threat and danger." —Kingdom Books
"A simply riveting read from cover to cover…" —Midwest Book Review