Hostile Intent (Devlin #1)
It starts with the most horrific act of terrorism ever committed on American soil. Only one man can stop them. Code named Devlin, he exists only in the blackest shadows of the United States government -- operating off the grid as the NSA's top agent. He's their most lethal weapon . . . and their most secret. But someone is trying to draw him out into the open by putting Am...more
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So it's another spy thriller written by a right-wing hack. I can cope with that, even right-wing hacks can write (sometimes) and I'd forgive idiotic political views and the obligatory jabs at librulz if the story was at least entertaining, but Michael Walsh's writing is down there at the Dan Brown level,...more
The plot is something straight out of an episode of 24. An act of terrorism on American soil leads to a super-duper-secret operative getting involved at the bequest of the president to get to the bottom of the matter. A broader conspiracy is unearthed, including an eccentric billionaire mastermind, yada yada yada, to be con...more
I'm less into thrillers based on government conspiracies than thrillers based on sicko criminals. Don't ask me why. (I make a huge exception for the novels of Daniel Silva, whose Israeli spy guy is my hero!)
Yet, I was intrigued in "Hostile Intent" by the notion of agents so deep and mysterious serving the U.S. government that they are unknown to two or fewer handlers.
The concept of using apparent terrorist...more
Second-rate ripoff of Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy. Ludicrous plot, cliched characters, risible technobabble. I gave it longer than I should before abandoning it.