This is the 2nd Gabriel Allon novel and it is very good. The suspense and action levels are off the chart and Silva doesn't ask his readers to suspend...moreThis is the 2nd Gabriel Allon novel and it is very good. The suspense and action levels are off the chart and Silva doesn't ask his readers to suspend disbelief. It could happen and when someone gets hurts - no miraculous healing. I even rooted for the Englishman, the assassin that Allon is after, because he showed some moral code about his assignments - that was an interesting twist to a villain. The last 40 pages were fast in wrapping up the story, maybe a little too fast for my reading taste - hence, a removal of a star. However The English Assassin is a very good thriller read.
And the story is fresh and seemingly could be ripped from the headlines. Terrorism? War? No. Hidden Art stolen by the Nazis from mostly Jewish galleries stored in deep basements or private Swiss Banks. The money gained from the stolen property used to fund Hitler for an extra year to eighteen months and a million more deaths in WWII. And it starts with Allon being summoned to Zurich to restore a painting for an unknown collector. When Gabriel arrives, he finds the man murdered. His body lying under a Rafael. He quietly leaves - his training kicking in. Why was the man murdered before telling the Israelis the reason he contacted them. Who killed him? And how did the Swiss authorities find and arrest the Restorer/sometimes Israeli Spy and Assassin in just 30 minutes? Gabriel Allon is determined to find the answers to these questions, even if it means dying in the process. And the English Assassin may just do that. (less)
Transfer of Power is an example of why Vince Flynn is my all time favorite Thriller author. The late writer's style is easy almost conversational. I can hear the author's voice in my head - breathlessly whispering, frantic at times. Flynn knew how to pace his story, and utilizing suspense at all times. I started the Mitch Rapp Series in the middle, so I am going back and read the entire series. I'm finding that I love the earlier Mitch Rapp books much better and the 2 prequels he wrote seem fitting as the first two books of the series. Flynn knew how to take headline news and turn a what if scenario in the War on Terror into an electrical ride for his readers. I read this in just two sittings. Food and sleep were forgotten.
Dr. Irene Kennedy and her Counter-terrorism Division snatch one of Hezbollah's spiritual leaders. The information that Mitch and a psychologist gets from him is stark and stunning. Saddam Husein has funded a terrorist attack right in the heart of America - Washington, D.C., the White House to be exact. When? Today!!!!!
Kennedy barely hangs up with a senior Secret Service agent before all hell breaks out at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He and 9 other agents just save President Hayes from a notorious terrorist named Aziz and whisk him to his new bunker. The bunker can withstand bombs and other nefarious things but it wasn't designed to withstand a drill. And that is what Aziz has planned - he needs Hayes by his side when he delivers his final demand. The White House is rigged with explosives and communications have been jammed by the terrorists. The Joint Chiefs, the Cabinet members, and all of the Alphabet soup people have lost all contact with President Hayes. Transfer of Power to Vice President Baxter is made and plans are made to end the hostage situation. But someone does not want the President rescued and uses the situation to his or her advantage. Under the guise of reconnaissance granted by VP Baxter, it is up to Mitch Rapp, AKA Iron Man and an elderly civilian to save the President and the rest of the hostages. The two men will become the hunter and the hunted as the Power struggle in the nation's capital rages. (less)
A Jordanian Spy master approaches a CIA operative whom is coming back to the States in an airport. There is information of a terrorist plot r...more4.5 Stars
A Jordanian Spy master approaches a CIA operative whom is coming back to the States in an airport. There is information of a terrorist plot regarding America, but he wants to trade information; Why is the U.S, government sponsoring the Arab Spring? And is the kingdom of Jordan next? He has pictures of deep Black Ops meeting with the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan and every Arab country that fell during that time of destabilization and chaos. Lidia Ryan is stunned and takes it to her boss. Almost immediately after that meeting, she and another trusted friend/mentor are almost killed. What is going on? Ryan is determined to find out what her old team is up to.
Meanwhile in the United States, 5 people are kidnapped on the same night. These people are not random victims; they are the names on the short list to become the next Fed Chairman. And the body of one of those people has been found on Jeckyl Island Island - the birthplace of the Federal Reserve System. Harvarth is swiftly flown from Somalia to the States by the "Old Man's" new client - The Federal Reserve. Who would want to target the Fed and why?
Thor gives a good history of the secretive Fed. They act independently and are not accountable to anyone or oversight. They are not part of the U.S. Government as so many people believe. I personally believe the Fed's Charter needs shredding, and too big too fail or jail is passe. Even bankers can go straight to jail without having to pass go. That is a good thing. Of course anyone with sense knows if the monetary system is controlled, so is the government. How Thor ties these two plot lines together and Harvarth's investigation into the Fed and the high profiled kidnap victims is wonderful. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I wish I could have read this in one setting but could not since I'm getting ready to travel back home to Illinois for Christmas. Brad Thor is no Vince Flynn, but I'm definitely going to give him another look and read another of his novels. (less)
Renowned Art Restorer and sometimes Israeli Agent and Assassin is in Venice restoring a Benini Altarpiece when word comes to him that his friend and f...moreRenowned Art Restorer and sometimes Israeli Agent and Assassin is in Venice restoring a Benini Altarpiece when word comes to him that his friend and fellow Office Agent has been murdered in Munich, Germany. Beni is also the son of Gabriel Allon's boss, Ari Shamron. His mission is to sanitize Stern's apartment and find his killer. The killer is The Leopard - a man with no face, a mercenary for hire, a myth to most countries' Intelligence Services. He works for a super secret group within the Catholic Church - the Crux Vera - who is more powerful than the Pope, and their mission is to protect the universal Church from all of its enemies within and with out the Church, even the Pope himself. A few religious have already disappeared - 2 elderly priests and an elderly woman who left a cloistered Order after WWII. Something happened at that convent in Brenzone on the shores of Lake Garda, Italy that could destroy the Church. The Pope is going to Jewish Synagogue in Rome in a few days to announce that the Vatican Records of Pope Pius XII will be made open to scholars and to a Commission that will include high ranking Catholic and Jewish Prelates that will report to the world and Pope Paul VII its findings. Crux Vera can't let that happen, even if they have to sacrifice the newly elected Pope Paul VII. Allon must race all over Italy with a few side trips to France, London, and Munich to stop The Leopard and silence Crux Vera which one reporter has dubbed the KGB of the Vatican. But will he after he learns the Church's dark and shameful secret?
For decades the controversy of Pope Pius II silence on the Holocaust during WWII has raged on these 70 years. Besides the 6 Million Jews whom were killed by the Nazis, 3 Million Catholics were also executed - including both priests and nuns. Pius XII silence is quite deafening to say the least, and unfortunately there were Antisemitic Catholics living in Germany and Nazi occupied countries at that time in history. I've read books both supporting and denouncing Pope Pius XII. May be that is why he has not been Canonized and probably will never be in my life time. As both a Statesman and leader of a religion that has billions all over the in its flock, I can understand the Pontiff wanting to stay silent, but the morality of that silence is against the vary teachings of the Church. I don't know what to believe about this controversy like the historians who have researched this subject. Probably the truth died with Pius XII and only he and God know the truth. But it does make a good political conspiracy novel. Job well done Daniel Silva.(less)
I'm still looking for a good substitute for the late Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp Series. Brad Thor's Scot Harvath Series comes very close. And I did enjoy The Lions of Lucerne - the first in the series, but it was a lttle too long. But that usually is the case for the beginning of a series, especially a new author which Thor was at the time he wrote Lions. Hence the reason and only reason for deducting half a star. Even with the length, the story unfolded quickly for the most of the novel. The chapters are short and Thor quickly builds suspense and intrigue. The character development was very good, especially with Harvath. And the story line could have been ripped from the Headlines.
The President and his daughter are in Park City, UT skiing. Secret Service Agent Scot Harvath is point man advancing the ski resort. The unthinkable happens - the president is kidnapped. His daughter and all of the Secret Service Agents were supposed to die. Amanda and Harvath survive. Some very powerful men have paid mercenaries to keep the POTUS alive and well while a piece of legislation he wants falters in the Senate. The Lions have set up a Middle Eastern terrorist group to throw the investigation off of their trail. Scot Harvath doesn't believe it, because to accomplish the kidnapping FARC would need to know moutain climbing, ski skills, and other extreme cold climate techniques. They don't have the skills. As Harvath gets nearer to the kidnappers, he is shot at and framed for a double murder that he did not commit. Will he live long enough to rescue the President? (less)
A letter laced with a virus is sent to the United States Asst. Ambassador with a cryptic message from the Book of Genesis threatening a world wide plague. In Paris, A world renowned geneticist is found tortured to death. The Scientist is no stranger to the NRI, Hawker, and Laidlaw. He is also known to have fanatical ideas about overpopulation. A clay tablet and copper scroll lead to the actual location of the Garden of Eden - and to the grave of the first Adam. A fanatical cult wants the genetic code of the Tree of Life to unleash upon the world. If they succeed God and all religions would be rendered useless and human beings would find themselves living in Hell with no promise of Heaven or God - they do not exist any more. The Cult leader would see to that and he would have the ultimate power. But Hawker and Laidlaw have other plans for the Draco - he would be the one to die. But the Cult is one step ahead of the pair. Who will win?
True Blue is a phenomenal stand alone thriller from David Baldacci. The action begins on page 1 and never stops until the very last word. Baldacci uti...moreTrue Blue is a phenomenal stand alone thriller from David Baldacci. The action begins on page 1 and never stops until the very last word. Baldacci utilizes the short chapter style now adopted by many thriller authors to quickly move the story line and ratchet the thrill factor. I would have given True Blue 5 stars if the ending was different. I'm hoping to see the two Perry sisters featured again. But of course that is Baldacci's decision. I liked the two women as strong protagonists. They are tough as nails with some vulnerability to them. One is the D.C. Metro Police Chief, while the other sister is a disgraced "blue," spending time in prison for a crime that she was framed for. But the U.S. Attorney, Mona Danforth, wants Mace Perry back in jail, and will do anything to make that a reality. Mace knows that the only way she will ever become true blue again is to solve a big case.
And that big case is happening now. Dianne Tolliver has been found dead in her law firm. Her body falling out from the fridge into her partner, Roy Kingman's arms. Very soon another body is found, but MPD is prevented from investigating the Assistant U.S. Attorney's death. National Security reasons are given, effectively keeping Chief Perry and the Fibbies at arms length. Mace and Roy quickly deduce a connection between the two deaths. National Security may involve killing Americans to keep a dirty little secret from everyone, including 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. (less)
With the untimely death of Vince Flynn June 19, 2013, this may be the last Mitch Rapp installment of Flynn's popular series. His publisher re...more4.5 Stars
With the untimely death of Vince Flynn June 19, 2013, this may be the last Mitch Rapp installment of Flynn's popular series. His publisher released this statement July 25, 2013: <The Survivor, Vince Flynn’s planned release this fall, is being postponed indefinitely. Vince had not yet completed the manuscript at the time of his passing last month. The reason it is “postponed indefinitely” as opposed to “canceled” is because it is too soon to know how much of the book was written or if Vince had plans or provisions in place in the event that he could not complete the book. As for Vince’s collaboration with Brian Haig, while it is still available for preorder, for the same reasons above, we ask for your patience concerning its publication.
And this is the reason why I could not give The Last Man 5 Stars. The ending clearly shows that there is more to come; the Rickman kidnapping and the Pakistan ISI attempt to bring down Director Kennedy and her Clandestine Service are really not resolved. The Suvivor could be Louis Gould, Kassar, or even Rapp himself. Mr. Flynn was feeling better when he wrote this novel and by all accounts his treatment for prostrate cancer was going well - he expected to finish The Survivor, and thus the storyline as he had done with Extreme Measures and Pursuit of Honor. I thought that the move was ingenious at the time I read both books, but knowing that his Cancer was not in remission the technique was risky for Flynn to attempt it again after the two Mitch Rapp prequels. Having said this, without a doubt Vince Flynn is one of the best thriller writers and will continue to be my favorite thriller authors.
Mitch Rapp is in Afghanistan. The Agency's Safe House is a mess. He is looking at the four dead body guards. The security system is off line. Joe Rickman is missing. He is one of Irene Kennedy's top operatives and his brilliant mind holds too many secrets that could cripple her Clandestine Services. He knows names of sleeper agents, moles, and the money transfers that changes hands with nefarious individuals. All needed to run the black ops that protect the United States from the Radical Islamist Terror plots. Rapp has one order; find Rickman before he breaks and spills secrets. Secrets that would mean death to many people in the field and that would set back the CIA for decades.
But something at the Safe House has Rapp and his team questioning whether the missing man is a the victim of a foreign attack to effectually dismantle Kennedy's Clandestine Services or has Joe Rickman turned traitor? When Louis Gould appears at a veterinarian office to assassinate Rapp all hell breaks out. Rapp suffers an injury that might take him out of the game forever and looks like the perfect patsy for the fall of both Director Kennedy and her CIA.
Of course there is much more to the story and Mitch Rapp fans will devour the pages at a quick clip to find out what happens. Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp will sorely be missed. (less)
Quite by accident I picked this up and started reading. From the first page, the esteemed war thriller author, Alistair MacLean, engages his...more4.5 Stars
Quite by accident I picked this up and started reading. From the first page, the esteemed war thriller author, Alistair MacLean, engages his reader. Off the coast of Turkey in the Aegean Sea the Germans and Italians control a cluster of islands and the area shipping lanes. On one island 1200 British soldiers are trapped and will soon be attacked by the Axis Alliance. The destruction of the mighty Guns of Navarone is the only hope these Brits have. It is a suicide mission. The guns are protected by both nature and man in their fortress. But a savvy military strategist may have found the how and who to silence these great guns.
Captain Keith Mallory is legendary. The New Zealander is a renowned rock climber and knows how to survive behind enemy lines. His faithful friend (and his good luck charm) Andreas is a Greek resistance fighter has no qualms killing Germans. The young Stevens is proficient in German and Greek is also a great climber, but is afraid of his fear. American Corporal Miller is a demolitions specialist and Brown is known for his saboteur skills. They have 3 days to scale the sheer 400 foot cliffs on the southern side of Navarone, destroy the guns, and get out before the British fleet sails into the Aegean channel to fortify the trapped soldiers. After the climb that almost killed them, the team believes the hardest part of the mission is behind them. But the Navarone fortress proves to be as great of a challenge as the cliffs. They have to choice but to destroy those guns. Many men’s lives are dependent upon their success. And they will die trying to accomplish the mission.
MacLean is a master story teller with intimate knowledge of the military. He served on a cruiser in WWII while serving in the Royal Navy. His writing is fast paced with a great detail that does not bough down the story line. His twists are like gentle waves. They don’t jar the reader. The twists and turns just seem part of the story as its natural progression. Mallory and his team are well characterized. This reader liked and cared about them. Often I caught myself holding my breath as I read the book. In my opinion, the 1961 movie Guns of Navarone just put faces to these wonderful characters. The drama is in the book. Though the film is dramatic and viewers are reminded of the tight time line Gregory Peck, David Niven, and Anthony Quinn have. The book is deeper. The drama and action is more complete due to MacLean’s wonderful writing. (less)
Alistair MacLean wrote the screen play for his close friend, Richard Burton. Burton's star power was sliding at the time of the film and he wanted an...moreAlistair MacLean wrote the screen play for his close friend, Richard Burton. Burton's star power was sliding at the time of the film and he wanted an action film along the lines of Maclean's bestseller and hit movie, The Guns of Navarone. And he got it! The novel is in fact based upon the screenplay, rather than the other way around - slightly odd.
I watched the film last night and I had to read the novel. And it is the screenplay. The first 30 pages are a bit slow, since one really can't get the anxiousness of the team. A team of British Special Forces commandos parachutes into the high peaks of the Austrian Alps with the mission of stealing into an invulnerable alpine castle—accessible only by aerial gondola—the headquarters of Nazi intelligence. Supposedly sent in to rescue one of their own, their real mission turns out to be a lot more complicated—and the tension climbs as team members start to die off, one by one.
There are a few scenes that suspension of disbelief is necessary, but they don't violate the viability of the story negatively. MacLean understands how to write an action thriller and I would recommend Alistair MacLean to read any day of the week. To give more of the storyline besides the book blurb would reveal the delicious twists, turns, and events that would destroy a reader's pleasure. (less)
In the quiet Washington D.C. neighborhood near the Capitol is a pristine townhouse. Its plaque reads American Literary Historical Societ...more5 Stars
In the quiet Washington D.C. neighborhood near the Capitol is a pristine townhouse. Its plaque reads American Literary Historical Society. The headquarters ostensibly is for literary analysis, advance and achievement, but no one gets passed the front desk. Unless of course proper clearance is shown and verified. The Society is actually a Company Department Office. The research analysts read mystery and thriller novels and pass any scenarios that are too close to the mark of past and or present operations. An analyst finds discrepancies in book deliveries and has questioned all of the researchers. All is not right in RD.
Upon his arrival with his colleagues lunches Malcolm, codenamed Condor, discovers his friends butchered in a blood-spattered office. He realizes that an oversight by the assassins has saved his life. He contacts CIA headquarters through the Panic line for assistance and direction. But the attempted rendezvous goes horribly wrong. Malcolm quickly learns that he can’t trust anyone and disappears into the streets of the Capitol, hoping to evade the killers long enough to unravel the conspiracy. But will that be enough to save his life?
1.) It’s hard to believe that 38 years have past since Condor was 1st published and then rushed into film. I can’t separate Redford from Malcolm, nor do I want to. Another amazing fact is James Grady was only 24 when he wrote this sleek taut novel. His writing is succinct building the suspense by tightly threaded event sequences that quickly spin out of control. We are treated to 3 distinct POVs: Malcolm’s, the agents who want to save him, and those shadowy ones who don’t.
2.) Grady departs from the usual spy thrillers of that time. Malcolm is not a super-hero with fancy gadgets. His only weapons are his analytical intellect and the will to survive. When Grady’s characters get hurt, they hurt. No miraculous healing powers in his world.
3.) Written before Watergate, the shadow government and it’s insistence that loose ends are swiftly and permanently cut worked in 1974 as they do today. Malcolm’s CIA department ignited readers’ imaginations and those of the KGB. In his Author’s Notes, Grady says he was surprised that the Soviets actually thought theCondor’s RD section existed and quickly formed their own equivalent to its fictional counterpart. Does that RD section now exist in the CIA? I wouldn’t put it past them. (less)
I can always depend on Lee Child to keep me up all night to finish Jack Reacher’s latest “mission” to help in a desperate situation. But, not this tim...moreI can always depend on Lee Child to keep me up all night to finish Jack Reacher’s latest “mission” to help in a desperate situation. But, not this time! After a thrilling, mysterious prologue, Child has Reacher in Colorado where he finds that there is little distance between the fictional towns of Hope and Despair – both in the physicality and allegorical senses. All Reacher wanted was a cup of coffee. He is ignored, beaten up, thrown in jail, and driven back toward Hope after being convicted of vagrancy. He is picked up by Vaughn (Reacher’s love interest in this novel) and driven back to the bus stop from where just mere hours before he had arrived. The pretty officer suggests Reacher to move along taking the next bus, but Reacher is determined to find out what the people of Despair are hiding, especially after he learns that a number of active servicemen disappear after traveling to the small town. Child throws in a doomsday sect and a mysterious metal recycling plant into the mix. Sounds good, but it really wasn’t. The sect and the plant were completely over the top. The villains were lackluster and I really didn’t care about the predicament presiding over Despair.
Child’s overt political opinions didn’t ring true to Reacher’s character, especially at the end when he discovers the truth about the missing servicemen. Even if Jack has become more liberal in his world view, what he discovered couldn’t have been accepted and dismissed that easily as an ex-MP. The conspiracy was so far -fetched that I couldn’t by into it and was bored with the story. Jack Reacher is not the hero that I neither love nor respect any more. Why can’t authors just leave their politics private and tell a damn good story these days? 2 Stars (less)
Wow! Matthew Reilly knows how to write a thriller that kept my heart pounding to the very end! Yes, there are a couple improbable plot twists...more4.5 Stars
Wow! Matthew Reilly knows how to write a thriller that kept my heart pounding to the very end! Yes, there are a couple improbable plot twists, but Reilly makes you believe all of them. His characters are wonderful: Scarecrow, Gant, Mother, Book, et al are remarkable and memorable. Wendy was simply adorable. An adorable character in a military thriller? Yup, you just love this little fur ball. She’s as brave as the leathernecks who respond to an SOS call to the American Wilkes Ice Station in Antarctica.
After several scientists disappear beneath the station in a cavern estimated to be 100 million years old, Lt. Shane “Scarecrow” Schofield and his elite Marines respond to the surviving scientists’ SOS call. His mission is Reconnaissance, but the mission quickly changes, thanks to a team of French elite assassins, an escaped killer, and a traitor in his own squad. What is so valuable about the discovery below? It is thought to be an alien spaceship that visited Earth over 100 million years ago. Would the French Government actually kill for the technology? Would his own government kill for that same knowledge? Scarecrow has seen it before. His comrade, Andrew Trent, was killed by the same elite British SAS that is heading for the Ice Station. Not knowing whom he can trust and hell bent on saving the surviving scientists and his leathernecks, Schofield must find a way to get everyone to safety. It won’t be easy. Solar flares and killer whales complicate his new mission: getting everyone safely back to base.
Saying more about the plot would ruin this good thriller. Be prepared to read this to the end in one or two sittings, because ICE STATION will keep you entranced to the last page. (less)
As a fan of Jack Bauer and 24 I saw this blurb and immediately downloaded GIDEON’S WAR and began reading: Howard Gordon—the longt...moreDisappointing 2 Stars
As a fan of Jack Bauer and 24 I saw this blurb and immediately downloaded GIDEON’S WAR and began reading: Howard Gordon—the longtime executive producer of the hit TV series 24—makes his fiction debut with a tale of political intrigue and international terrorism. Gideon Davis has just 48 hours to bring his rogue agent brother in—before a twisted global conspiracy turns deadly.
Gideon Davis is definitely not Jack Bauer. Davis is the polar opposite; he is a Pacifist whom believes that with enough understanding and talking, terrorists will want to stop trying to destroy the West (especially America) by killing our Culture and us. This is why the President has him as an Envoy and Advisor. On the night the UN bestows a huge award upon Gideon, an old family friend tells him that his brother, Tillman is the infamous terrorist Abu Naser. Even with the mountainous evidence Deputy National Security Advisor Earl Parker hands him, Davis is slightly skeptical. He should be; “Uncle” Paul has a hidden agenda, only known by few on the island state in South Asia where his brother is. He has 48 hours to extract Tillman before the King will order the older Davis to be killed. Gideon wrestles the damning facts of Tillman’s 360 turn-around with the Marine brother’s belief that a great nation has to do dark and ugly things.
Meantime, on a nearby gigantic deep sea rig, Kate and her men are preparing the Obelisk for the Deputy’s visit as well as watching the weather, monitoring the rig’s shaking. A huge hurricane is close and meandering toward the Obelisk. Yes, these two stories converge within the novel. How? I won’t say. The two story lines suffice the needs of the adrenaline junkie, but do not suspend disbelief enough. Gordon never explains the science or the technology of the Obelisk for the reader to feel real apprehension when Abu Naser sets his sights on the rig.
I like my action hero to be a man’s man, take no prisoners, kill ‘em before they kill him. Gideon is a bleeding heart, hand holding, singing Kumbyia, MacGyver type whose mantra “I gave up guns long ago” frayed my patience as he is ambushed, chased, shot at, and almost blown up! I wanted to throw my NOOK, what a pansy, wuss hero. But the pace never lets up; Gordon always goes back to detailed action scenes that seem unrealistic to many unless the reader enjoyed Richard Dean Anderson. It was fun fluffy tribute to MacGyver. 3 Star read for the beach or a plane ride, but I wasn’t in the sand or 10,000 feet up. (less)
Vince Flynn has thoroughly fleshed out one of my favorite characters – Mitch Rapp in this 12th outing of his highly successful Mitch Rapp series. Some...moreVince Flynn has thoroughly fleshed out one of my favorite characters – Mitch Rapp in this 12th outing of his highly successful Mitch Rapp series. Some readers will undoubtedly say that KILL SHOT is the sequel to the prequel, AMERICAN ASSASSIN, and therefore is the 2nd in this high octane series. Both statements are true to avid Vince Flynn Fans.
Mitch Rapp has finished his grueling training, and has been systematically killing known terrorists from a list that his CIA handler, Irene Kennedy, and her boss, Thomas Stanton, have put together. And Mitch is good at ferreting out the men on the list and delivering the kill shot until one night in Paris. His nemeses Stan Hurley and Victor are secretly delighted. They both want him out of the secret counter-terrorism unit for very different reasons. Now is their chance to eliminate Rapp. Tarek has Rapp’s kill shot trademark, but the girl he was with, 4 bodyguards, and two hotel guests and an employee are riddled with bullet holes. It was an ambush. Rapp was set up. Who betrayed him? And who wants him dead?
Rapp is wounded. He’s angry. And a pissed off Mitch Rapp is deadlier than he’s ever thought to have been. He is only sure of one thing; he will kill whoever set him up. The hunter now is the hunted, and the only person he can trust is the woman he loves. And if his bosses knew of his relationship with Greta, he is as good as dead. Rapp will need all of the skills he learned on the Virginia farm to evade the French Police, France Intelligence Service, the CIA Cleaners, and the terrorists if he is to survive and kill the traitor within his small unit.
KILL SHOT is slightly less riveting than Flynn’s other novels. It does take some predictable turns, but this is probably due to the fact that Flynn was being treated for prostrate cancer while writing KILL SHOT. That being said, Flynn still rocks it. The plot is fast; his writing is almost flawless. We readers finally know the young Mitch Rapp, before the years have made him a slightly jaded loner and one of the CIA’s best operatives. I can’t wait until Flynn’s THE LAST MAN comes out in November, 2012. (less)
The horrific events of 9/11 have changed the espionage thriller genre and new authors with huge followings have taken up the war on terror. Among the...more The horrific events of 9/11 have changed the espionage thriller genre and new authors with huge followings have taken up the war on terror. Among these popular authors is Alex Berenson. He brilliantly introduces readers to John Wells, a CIA operative who has given up his family, parents, wife, and son to successfully infiltrate al Qaeda. Both his agency and the terrorists are wary of him.
He has spent 10 years proving himself to UBL and al Zawahiri in the desolate plateaus of Pakistan and in the bitter Chechen plains. He has even converted to Islam, but some of the jhadi still don’t fully trust the American who they know as Jalal. His own agency doubts him since he didn’t stop the 9/11 attacks. “He never said how [he infiltrated al Qaeda] and Exley never asked, since the answer no doubt included violations of agency regulations and U. S. law. Langley didn’t know what to do with Wells…Wells was simply trying to prove himself to al Qaeda while sending back what he could about the group’s structure and plans.” My heart missed a beat or two when Wells killed five of his men so he could give information to a Special Force commander.
But the narrative became more intriguing when a little girl spots the fighter jets coming towards the United airliner. The terror of the people on the plane was palpable. Explosions happen in California. Are these diversions or a prelude for THE attack that will dwarf the events of 9/11 that al Zawahiri spoke of when Wells met him and two other men in Pakistan? Is that why he is being sent to America? Does he have enough information to pass onto Langley to stop Khadi and the Qaeda sleepers already in America? He turns to Jennifer Exley, his handler and the only one who still believes in him to help him stop two heinous plans.
Berenson gets 5 stars for inventing the faithful spy, John Wells. Who is he really faithful to? Allah, al Qaeda, his country? The twists and turns of the great attacks on the U.S. are gripping and heart stopping. But the romantic Wells/Exley subplot was silly and turned me off and the epilogue was unsatisfactory for me to take a star of my rating. Despite these complaints, I look forward to reading Berenson’s sophomore entry of the John Wells Series. (less)
Goodreads Author, Colleen Cross introduces readers to a wonderful new protagonist, Katerina Carter. The forensic account slightly reminds me of Kinsey...moreGoodreads Author, Colleen Cross introduces readers to a wonderful new protagonist, Katerina Carter. The forensic account slightly reminds me of Kinsey Millhone. Kat is broke, living in her office, and her ex-boyfriend is in her life more than she wants him to be. She finally has a case. Liberty Diamond Mines’ CFO has disappeared along with $5 Billion dollars. She stumbles on a diamond laundering scheme at one of Liberty’s mines, before a major stock holder is murdered and a former geologist refuses to speak to her again. Kat suspects the recent murders and the threatening note found with her dead cat: Dead Kat are connected. The evidence of the theft is too easily traced to Paul Bryant and the over production of diamonds the company has reported. But when Kat becomes a suspect in one of Liberty’s insiders, she must face the reality that her theory of conflict diamonds being laundered by her employer may be right on the money.
Firing her is one thing, but being set up for murder or worse is not an option. She has to find the money. The money will lead Kat Carter to the killer/thief and will answer the why. But can she? And who can she trust? Kat doesn’t have much time to solve a case that she’s not being paid to work on. The Liberty Diamond Mines Board meets in a few days and is moving closer to Kat.
The action and plotting are quick and suspenseful. The writing is wonderful minus the product placement that I abhor in my books and movies. The characters are great and provide comical relief that is interwoven into the storyline. Readers will especially enjoy Uncle Harry, Aunt Elsie, and Verna. Ms. Cross’ freshman novel is worth reading and I have already purchased Game Theory. I can't wait to see what Kat's next case is about! (less)
Oliver Stone, AKA John Carr, is standing in Lafayette Park looking at the White House maybe for the last time. The President has asked Carr to use Tri...moreOliver Stone, AKA John Carr, is standing in Lafayette Park looking at the White House maybe for the last time. The President has asked Carr to use Triple Six skills on a dangerous covert mission. Oliver understands that this mission is his penance and he must do what he does best alone without his friends, The Camel Club. Then Hell breaks out in Hell’s Corner. An explosion and gunfire erupts his reverie. An act of terrorism on both the President and the British P. M.? Carr’s mission quickly changes and now has a badge. He is once again working for the government. The condition is the same, President Brennon states. Carr’s Penance, so Oliver Stone can live in peace at his caretaker cottage. NIA Director Weaver and his British counterpart, Carr’s old friend, team him up with Mary Chapman, a MI-6 agent.
The Camel Club members are furious that Oliver has shut them out and much to Oliver’s chagrin inject themselves into the case. Also frustrating Carr and Chapman are their bosses and the alphabet agencies that throw up so many smoke and mirrors to screw up Carr’s case and success. Combined with the fact that the bad guys are always one or two steps ahead of them, Carr and Chapman must rely on themselves and the Camel Club to stay alive as the hopefully solve the case.
Baldacci fills the pages with high suspense as Oliver and company try to figure out what has happened in Hell’s Corner within sight of the White House. This mission has to be fair winds and smooth sailing for Oliver – John Carr needs to finally die, so Oliver Stone can live in peace. Oh I hope not…I love Stone and the Camel Club! (less)