The Ascendant (Garrett Reilly #1)
I won this as an advance reader's copy and I fell in love with Chapman's style because it transforms when he's talking about different characters. It's really great what he did - you can see the personality of each character reflect in his writing. I fell in LOVE with Garrett, the main c ...more
Though The Patter of Fear is a debut novel, it doesn’t read as one: Chapman handles his characters and storyline with ease. Once a few awkward character introductions are out of the way the story takes off, and it’s no-holds-barred the entire time. Reilly is a compelling antihero, and most of the cast of characters that surround him are equally engaging. The plot itself is nail-bitingly ...more
Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – January 07, 2014
If you really want something different concerning spying, politics, and the possibility of Armageddon you need to treat yourself to this book.
Garrett Reilly is working on Wall Street in the bond market. He is exceptional in that he sees patterns in the market that lead him to make profitable decisions before anyone else is the wiser. Garrett hates the military, he los ...more
I have sticky notes all over the place so I apologize in advance if the flow is awkward.
This book is like... Sherlock dropped in Ender's Game, narrated by John Grisham. Mix in a Trojan Horse war ...more
This is a good thriller. Thought provoking, too. Almost believable. It takes place at the intersection of the real world and the virtual world in a simple, but fascinating way.
At the helm, reluctantly, is Garrett Reilly. He is a young man who sees patterns in information that others cannot. His outside the box thinking makes him valuable to government agencies who have an agenda. A special room is even created for him to make use of his ability on behalf of the government. Garre...more
Garret Reilly is a numbers whiz. He sees patterns in numbers, people, life, everything. His ability to make sense of what seems totally random is the reason the government wants him on their team. Reilly, working as a bond analyst, notices that bil ...more
There are times that I feel who am I to criticize a published writer. I have never written a book but I have read many. That in itself is no qualification, but I believe I have insights into what makes a good book. Let's start with advance praise and passing out books to cadres of readers. Doing this ha ...more
to watch in the years to come. I cannot wait for his second novel and I am hoping it is a sequel because I look forward to reading about the further exploits of his engaging character Garrett Reilly.
I found the Ascendant to be one of those books I did not want to put d ...more
I wasn't exactly expecting highbrow literature when I picked this book up, but it's been a while since I read action-packed popular fiction of this variety, and I was unprepared for the blunt force of Chapman's prose. If literary fiction auth ...more
In a word: amazing. I don't read a ton of thrillers - especially ones that involve computers, financial stuff or the military, but something about the description of this book made me want to read it. From the first page, this was a gripping page-turner. So well thought out, excellent writing style, just incredible. I was only 30 pages in when I started telling people at work how great it was and that held out throughout the book. I have no head ...more
The Ascendant caught my attention quickly and kept me guessing the whole time I was reading. I overall enjoyed the book; however, the last 100 pages or so I found difficult to read. I found those last pages to jump around a fair bit. I think this book would make an excellent motion picture. The book definitely has the potential for a sequel I would definitely not hesitate to read it!
Of course I like this sort of story, where the relation to real life and how it 'could' happen, is seemingly possible. Even if at times it may be a bit on the conspiracy theorist side of things.
But all things together, I liked the characters, I hated a few not because they were done poorly, but because they were well done assholes. And the story kept me reading to see what was next.
That's a fairly harsh critique, and I freely confess that Mr. Chapman has proven he can earn a living as a writer, which is something I cannot claim. So if you want to stop there with this revie ...more
The undercurrent of fear in the book involves not the usual foreign terrorists or Nazi officers, but more contemporary concerns. It deals with the sorts of things that can happen when civi ...more
I needed a quick, mind numbing read and this was almost the perfect read that. I say almost because it wasn't exactly mind numbing. This was a pretty sharp book using a numbers genius who carries a whole lot of negative baggage. He's handsome, smart, young and has buckets full of attitude and anger when one day he's recruited by the government to help them in an experimental p ...more
This reminded me of the Tom Clancy book Threat Vector. If you have to choose between this and Tom Clancy I recommend this.