A retired mercenary Joe Pike used to work with is murdered along with his family, seemingly by a home invasion crew. Joe Pike springs into action. When signs start pointing to an arms deal involving Serbian organized crime, Pike starts wondering if his old friend was mixed up in something he shouldn't have been...
The First Rule was another exciting outing featuring Joe Pike and Elvis Cole with Pike taking center stage and kicking ass. I can't say too much about the plot without blowing too much. Pike gets caught between the ATF, and two rival Serbian crime lords. Chaos ensues. Pike comes out on top.
The second Joe Pike solo adventure was better than the first, [b:The Watchman|57951|The Watchman (Joe Pike, #1)|Robert Crais|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1170484269s/57951.jpg|814176]. While I still never felt Pike was in jeopardy, the story had more twists and showed that Joe Pike has a softer side. Pike taking care of a baby was surprisingly touching.
That's about all I have to say, I guess. It was a fun read and a nice way to spend a couple hours. Three easy stars.