on March 11, 2012 :
Agents of Change is an action-packed, twist-laden story.
Calvin Newsome, the story's protagonist, defies every cliche when it comes to stories about agents and spies, and the author skillfully puts Calvin in situations and environments in which his character shines. Calvin is different from most heroes in fiction because he's black but the author doesn't ram race down your throat the way other writers do.
If I had any complaint about the book is that the first four chapters are kind of slow...the reader is shown Calvin's induction into the agency and is taken into one of Calvin's first "cases" but it doesn't do much to build the excitement.
Afterwards, though, the slow beginning is well worth it. Calvin is taken through multiple cities and various environments in those cities. There are other agents that should be on Calvin's side that you can't trust, chase scenes, fight scenes, disasters...it's a really exciting and explosive (figuratively and literally) book because you never know what's going to happen next and the stakes are raised with each chapter.
I also feel like the character development is especially strong in this book. Pretty much all of the characters have issues that they need to overcome. It's because of this development that you get mad (in a good way) when characters "don't make it." It's also because of the development that the love story that develops feels real and natural and not born out of lust.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes action and suspense. Agents of Change is a thrill ride with strong characters and a plot that will keep you guessing to the very end.
(reviewed the day of purchase)