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The Patriot Paradox (The Reluctant Hero Series - Book #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  191 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Ex-CIA analyst Kurt Vetter and enigmatic foreign agent Amanda Carter race across Europe in a quest to unearth the truth behind the murder of Kurt's brother. Trying desperately to stay ahead of a government that has forsaken them, they discover a conspiracy that threatens the very foundation of world stability. The clock is ticking and Kurt and Amanda must find a way to hal ...more
Paperback, 247 pages
Published November 4th 2010 by William Esmont (first published October 7th 2010)
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I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway on 02/19/2011 and received it on 02/24/2011!

Let me start this off by saying that I am not a fan of authors I've never read. It is almost like a fear of rejection - I don't want to waste my time on a book that is going to stink and I want a refund from. This viewpoint sometimes makes it a little difficult to find things to read if my usual authors don't have anything new out. William Esmont has completely blown that to smithereens. I had
Mike Vetter has taken something that doesn't belong to him. He's being tracked by co-workers who would rather see him dead than allow him to leak the information he has taken from them. In no time at all, his life is over... but not before he sends the package to his brother, Kurt. This special package finds its way to Kurt, giving birth to a wild journey overseas. Kurt locates a woman, Amanda, and together they try to solve a conspiracy within the CIA, if they can stay alive long enough to do i ...more
Rick F.
Splendidly written novel- exciting, superior characterization and a plot one simply cannot resist- a must read

When Kurt hears of his brother's death...and a mysterious package sent to amazing race against time takes place....superb and fast paced- I loved the plot as well as the strong female co-lead...great read!!!! great location details...London, Paris, Moscow!!

Rick Friedman
To start with, the plot is remarkably good! Ex-CIA analyst Kurt Vetter has just lost his family - his wife and daughter over a road accident. He hasn't recovered yet from this loss, he receives another bad news. His brother, whom he loves so much, Mike Vetter was killed in a carjacking gone wrong. Well, that was the official cause of death though just before the funeral, a package was delivered to him containing a classified information - the package was from his dead brother (sent the day he wa ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The Patriot Paradox is a thrill ride of conspiracy and sabotage. Fearing for his life, Mike Vetter sends his brother sensitive information, making him the target of a rogue group of CIA agents who plan to annihilate Russia with a nuclear missile.
The plot is strong, I like the basic premise and though it's not exactly an original idea, Esmont has thought out events carefully. The detail he uses seem genuine which gives the plot a sense of possibility. The action is fast paced as Kurt and Amanda r
Article first published as Book Review:The Patriot Paradox by William Esmont on Blogcritics.

Drawn back into a world of espionage by the death of his brother Mike, Kurt Vetter is already suffering the loss of his wife and child, Kurt is doing his best to forget his prior life. A plea from his mother brings him back to the states, to just one more pain filled memory. The death of his only brother.

Following the funeral, Kurt receives a package from Mike; a package Kurt now knows caused his death.
Feb 20, 2011 Martha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Martha by: First Reads win
The Patriot Paradox starts off with a bang (literally -- there's a murder) and then takes off on a non-stop race from Peru to Washington, DC, London, and Moscow. Along the way there are spies, double agents, terrorists, and a nuclear bomb. Reluctant hero Kurt Vetter teams up with Amanda Carter to locate the bomb and stop its detonation.

I really enjoyed this book. The writing is clear and vivid, and I could easily visualize the action unfolding as if on a movie screen. I would be interested in re
Alice Yeh
I have to say, when I initially saw the length of this novel, I was skeptical about much could really lie within less than three thousand Kindle locations. Color me surprised, then, when Esmont delivered a hard, driven story with a complex conspiracy and an unexpected emotional range.

This novel had me constantly agitated, afraid for the fates of various characters as rogue CIA agents set about eliminating obstacles to their nefarious plot. The amount of information gleaned from simple communicat
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Two brothers….dangerous jobs….tragedies.

Kurt and Mike Vetter both were employed in dangerous jobs...Mike knew something was in the works and mailed secret information to his brother's house so it wouldn't be found in his home. When Kurt opened the package and scanned the disk, he knew he had to find out what this classified information meant, and he left for London to try to find out. When he landed in London, so did the "enemy." Kurt was being trailed, but didn't know it.

Kurt had to find Amanda
Won this through the Goodreads Giveaways.

This may appear to be a relatively short book as thrillers go but my god it packs a punch. The story follows Kurt Vetter as he tries to deal with the lose of his brother and the subsequent conspiracy he gets drawn into as he receives a disc of classified information which cost his brother his life. Although the story has been told in various guises before (but then again that's that what thrillers are all about, the government conspiracies and the little
Like most genre fiction, spy thrillers have their tried and true formulas, generally involving a conspiracy to uncover that left unchecked will mean, if not the end of the world, a disastrous outcome of some kind. Suspension of disbelief is required; is there any James Bond plot anyone truly believes could happen? I’m sure there are plot elements that push individual readers beyond what they’re willing to believe, but readers prone to object to this probably stay away from the genre.

Although spy
4.5 stars, Typical government conspiracy-top secret plan-manhunt-death-a friend with vast connections-high tech gadgets-saving the world story.What I like about this is that it's easy to read(with only minimal eye strain thanks to its large enough font size),easy to grasp and understand,the book itself is lightweight with a great looking glossy cover.It immediately starts off with a chase...the characters springs into action at the very beginning and won't let you down til the very last page.You ...more
Murphy's Library
from Murphy's Library — rated 3 and a half there

The Patriot Paradox is a great thriller. Kurt Vetter’s brother, Mike, was a CIA agent who got caught with privileged information about a rough path of the CIA agency that was planning a big conspiracy against a country. With the evidence his brother gathered before getting killed, Kurt starts an emotional and rushed action trying to discover everything that lead to his brother death. The super intelligent Amanda Carter, Mike’s friend, is there to h

I was lucky enough to win a copy of The Patriot Paradox in a Librarything Giveaway.

After reading Elements of the Undead Ominbus by the same author, I had high expectations for this novel, and was not disappointed. William Esmont has a wonderful writing style, with a knack for drawing out suspense; he keeps the reader effortlessly engaged with the plot that he tugs along at breakneck speed.

The Patriot Paradox is essentially a race against time; the reader doesn't necessarily know this from the ou
Quentin Stewart
William Esmont's "The Patriot Paradox" is a action packed story that grabs you from the beginning and does not let go till the actions culminates in the end scenes. It starts with a man searching for a location from which to post a package to someone. What happens to him draws the reader in to the action and the question has to what has he mailed. It is a story of a rogue group in our government who in their own way is still fighting the Cold War. it falls to an unlikely hero (Kurt) and a myster ...more
Unlike some of the other free downloads I've read, this one actually shows some potential. The plot and characters are good, and the writing doesn't feel amateur-ish. The biggest difference between Esmont's book and those by, say, Vince Flynn, is complexity. Flynn's books have multiple plot lines interwoven that connect later in the story, while The Patriot Paradox is much simpler. Still, I liked what was there.
Sean Randall
This had potential, but there were a few things that pushed it down the scale for me.

First, unnecessary profanity (mostly pissed or pissing, a lot of fucks) combined with sex that doesn't go anywhere sort of takes the macho out of the work to start with. The professionalism of the establishment is seriously undermined when Mason starts sniffing panties.

The cat-and-mouse nature of the chase is handled in a most amateur fashion, there's a bilingual announcement which is different in French, people
Susannah Morgan
When I'm not writing or working at my day job, I'm reading. William Esmont has written an engaging spy thriller that keeps you reading page after page. His references make sense and his characters are real. A fun, fast paced read. I loved it!
Goodreads Giveaway! Overall, I enjoyed this story. I wish the end had been a little longer with a little more detail. But, with it's cliffhanger ending, it leaves the reader looking forward to the sequel!

Ps. Thanks for the book William :-)
Uncle Duke
Great story from a new author. Fast paced action thriller. Lean, get-to-the-punch-line writing style. Can't wait for Episode II of the Kurt + Amanda series. Definitely a good-read!
Ryan Rauber
Good plot, though it was helped by a few conveniences. A good summer read, especially for the $.99 price in the kindle store.
Another 99 cent one that was just ok. Typical hero saving the world, though this one was a bit more far-fetched.
Just won this book as a First Read. Will review it as soon as I read it!
Mary Sieczkowski
Great book!!! And what an ending - must get the next one.
Patriot Paradox by W Esmont
The last thing Kurt Vetter expected to hear was that Mike was dead. Since he was on a vacation trying to recover from the death of his wife and daughter this was not good news. His older brother, the one who “played by the rules”, worked in Washington and the one Kurt had always looked up to – gone. Stranger than that was the manner of death, run down? In the ‘burbs? Not likely. The more Kurt pokes the worse things get until, with very secret documents that had been ma
I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads Giveaway

Ex-CIA analyst Kurt Vetter and enigmatic foreign agent Amanda Carter race across Europe in a quest to unearth the truth behind the murder of Kurt's brother. Trying desperately to stay ahead of a government that has forsaken them, they discover a conspiracy that threatens the very foundation of world stability. The clock is ticking and Kurt and Amanda must find a way to halt the plot before millions die.

At the moment I am into my
I immensely enjoyed the book.

The beginning is intriguing and invites the reader to read on. The plot is well constructed and logical with the twist that both changes the way the events unfold and the way reader is looking at the story. The book reads really smoothly, I didn’t have to put much effort into moving from one page to another. I don’t want to say by this that the language was at such a low level because it wasn’t. I loved how skillfully author wrote the story, the language in my opini
Unsolved Mystery

I'm so glad I was given this book to read by the author for a read and review.

Mike Vetter has information on a top secret terrorist plot to set off an explosive bomb to go off in downtown Moscow. He steals the evidence and sends it to his brother. Mike is murdered afterwards.

Kurt Vetter receives the evidence and knows its something BIG. He listens to audio and reads written transcripts. Mike tells him (through the evidence) to find Amanda Carter.

Mike and Amanda are aware they are being follow
George Lichman
"Mike's last thoughts, of his wife and children, flew through the back of his skull at four hundred and fifty feet per second"
The last sentence of the first chapter; I was hooked. Mike is...was...Mike Vetter, a CIA agent, likely killed by his own people. His brother, Kurt, himself a former CIA analyst, rushed home from Peru, where he was escaping the tragedy of the sudden death of his wife and daughter. Instead of mourning for his brother, he was thrust into what Mike was unable to complete b
Tracy Terry
Only a short book of around 250 or so pages, I wondered just how much action could be packed in to such a small volume, just how well the characters could be developed.

Covering 4 countries (America, England, France and Russia) the action was certainly all go. Full of various different government agencies, intelligence and counterintelligence, the author certainly managed to pack a lot in.

Quite scary in places, just how much information can be had at the touch of a button was terrifying and yet t
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