(reviewed by Bill Crider in 2012)
Reid Bennett is the entire police force in tiny Murphy's Harbour, Ontario, Canada. Of course he gets a lot of help from his German Shepherd, Sam. While he's on vacation, he's approached by a woman who asks him to find her son, who's joined an outfit that supposedly trains mercenaries. Bennett is a little reluctant, but he agrees. Before long, he's on a wilderness adventure that involves lots of shooting and a serious wildfire. He recovers the son, but that's just the beginning, as Wood starts springing the plot twists.
If you're looking for villainous villains, lots of action, a little sex, and a very cool dog, you've come to the right place. There are a few plot problems, not the least of which is the faithful Indian companion deus ex machina, but Wood's writing is strong and his pacing is exemplary. Bennett is a hero like Jack Reacher, tough, strong, and sure of himself. I'd think Reacher's audience would like him a lot.
Ted Wood is a Canadian author who had a good bit of success in the U.S. with this series. I believe there were ten books in all. He wrote a couple of others as Jack Barnao, and I liked those, too. He might not be completely forgotten, since I believe the books are available for Kindle.