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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  100 ratings  ·  17 reviews

Kyle West is a wanted man. Having fled the country to escape the false charges filed against himself and his former boss, billionaire government contractor Christopher Chandler, Kyle's hiding in Cambodia, living on borrowed time and finding more and more reasons to be paranoid.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 30th 2013 by Mulholland Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Ingenious plot premise about Kyle West, a computer analytic genius currently residing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on the run from a Congressional committee looking into his development of illegal surveillance algorithms for his "too big to prosecute" employer. While having a drink in his favorite pub one night a stranger who looks exactly like Kyle, introduces himself and proposes they exchange passports to the benefit of both parties. Kyle could return to the US and his doppelganger, Julian Robinso ...more
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. It was a very quick, very exciting read (I read it over two days). The book is based in Cambodia and I could feel the heat, the humidity and the crowds. The plot follows the genre of many current thrillers - lots of action, lots of gunplay, lots of chases, but I did not have the story figured out until close to the end. I look forward to reading more books in the future by this pair - great first book, great summer read!
A unique, fast-paced and deeply timely thriller. Mennuti and Guggenheim display prescient insight into the National Security Surveillance state. Paints a rich portrait of gritty, sweating, lawless contemporary Cambodia and weaves some surprising twists into a tight and sharp storyline. A stunning debut.
I want to clarify: this is more like 2 1/2 stars for me, but I would feel bad if I knocked it down to 2, so it's getting a somewhat undeserved three. The reason I'm even rating it that high is because of the readability, which was mostly good and (view spoiler) There were several issues with this book, in my opinion, the biggest being its predictability/unoriginal plot. I knew what was going on about three hundred pages b ...more
I received an advance reading copy of this book for review through a goodreads giveaway. This face-paced thriller’s release was well-timed with the recent headlines of Edward Snowden and the questions surrounding the NSA. In the story tech genius Kyle West has fled the U.S. to escape questioning by a Senate Committee about a network he allegedly built to filter through all of the private telecom information and eavesdrop on the American people. After hiding in Cambodia for about a year a mysteri ...more
Donna Brown
Rapid Review: Fast-paced, good storyline, great characters and very very engaging. If you enjoy action, thrillers, suspense or mystery, this is a book for you. Even if you don't, this might be the book to change your mind, so give it a shot.
Rajee Ruchandani
I loved this book. From the moment I opened it, I couldn't put it down. Its easily one of the best books I've read in a very long time. I can't wait to see what Nick and David come up with next. Well done gentlemen.
Loved it! Fast paced, straight into the story and no unnecessary information about the characters. Full of action, believable storyline and particularly well-researched.

The descriptive writing was spot-on, and the choice of Cambodia for the location gave me a chance to learn something about the country.

Many political aspects written about which are timely, given the state of the world these days.

For a first novel this was great and I look forward to the next one.
Perhaps one day I'll finish this, but it's been four months and I've hardly put a dent in it. I won it from goodreads and thus felt obligated to read it quickly, but alas here I am, posting a rare review of something I haven't finished. This book, and it's characters, doesn't have the connect-ability crucial for a good book. The characters aren't likeable or dislikeable at the same time - I'm indifferent to them and their situations, even when they're running through the streets with people tryi ...more
This is an interesting book to rate. First, I enjoyed the flow of the book. Quick, to the point and didn't waste words describing something just for the sake of description. I prefer this style of writing. Second, I liked that the characters and found them interesting. Third I liked the story line. Some of it was a bit far fetched, and some of it took leaps of faith, especially as it relates to the main character. Also, there were times the writing seemed lazy and somehow the characters were get ...more
I enjoyed this book enough but there was a LOT of build up and then a very quick resolution that felt hurried/rushed to me. That being said, it held my interest for the most part and was a relatively easy read.
Maybe more like 2.5 stars? It's a thriller and less than a week after I finished it I had to read the blurb to remind myself what it was about? Not good. Granted, I read most of it in the middle of the night and it's just a thriller but the "Talented Mr. Snowden Ripley" feel plot line just didn't really do it for me. None of the characters were likeable to me. None. But, usually a plot line ripped from the headlines will have a stronger pull for me but I was not enamored of this one. And now I c ...more
Jenn S.
High octane thriller full of the seemingly impossible being possible. Reminds me of Bourne, Reacher, Ethan Hunt types. Avoid if you don't enjoy such characters, grab a copy if you like them. Written like an adaptation from a movie with a few sentences needing a touch up but nothing too distracting. Familiar fast moving plot with a good cast of characters but with a more masculine feel.
This is a strange book in that at times it just didn't make sense to me. Maybe it was over my head. I think that perhaps one would need historical background on the area.

I was curious to see what a Rushed To Print thriller inspired by Snowden would be. Answer: interesting but not gripping.
I tried to finish but couldn't quite make it. It was a bit too raw/gritty for me.
this book had a lot of potential, and squandered a lot of it.
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Ask Nicholas Menn...: Inspiration 2 11 Jul 29, 2013 10:48PM  
  • Tainted (Broken, #2)
  • All Is Fair (The Split Worlds, #3)
  • Dead Lions (Slough House, #2)
  • Made in the Image
  • Shelter : A Graphic Novel
  • Betrayal and Forgiveness
  • Silent Witnesses
  • Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed (and Other Heartwarming Letters from Kitty)
  • Frozen Footprints
  • Crooked Numbers (Raymond Donne Mystery #2)
  • The Antigone Poems
  • Drift
  • Masaryk Station (John Russell, #6)
  • Mortal Bonds (Jason Stafford, #2)
  • A Fatal Likeness
  • The Calypso Directive
  • Pale Horses (Jade de Jong, #4)
  • The Innocence Game
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