on Jan. 4, 2014 :
I received this book as part of a LibraryThing Giveaway. I have always liked the spy thriller genre, and this book does not disappoint. I liked how the plot unfolded, the locations, the use of technology, and how all the characters, both good and bad, were well-developed. I thought the ending was predictable, but I am looking forward to the next story in this series.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Dec. 26, 2012 :
I enjoyed this book. I was originally concerned the length of the book was too short to allow a detailed full story, but was wrong with that concern. There could have been more character elaboration, but the story was not lacking without it. There was some solid thought with twists and turns put into how it played out. I liked that nobody was an unrealistic hero or villain. I am a computer guy so I appreciated the techie parts of the book. I found the twist at the end interesting.
Just prior to reading this book I read books 1-3 of Elements of the Undead Omnibus also by the same author William Esmont and liked it as well. I will be watching for future books from this author.
Note: This book was free and given to me with the expectation that I would review. The content of my review was in no way influenced by this understanding. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Sep. 11, 2012 :
"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 before his death: getting the data Mike was killed for into the hands of Amanda Carson, a woman Kurt had never heard of, but one of the few people Mike trusted. As soon as he did, Kurt and Amanda were running for their lives, chased by rogue CIA agents that would stop at nothing to complete their mission.
The Patriot Paradox by William Esmont is a fast paced, story driven book; those looking for deep, complex characters will be disappointed.
One of the things I liked about the book was the use of technology. Cell phones, voice recognition, powerful search engines, and more; perfect for the conspiracy theorists and Big Brother types among us (sadly, mush of the technology highlighted is likely very possible, and should concern most of us...but that's for a different post!).
Though I generally enjoy more character development, I can appreciate a good story, too. This one was good, but could have been better; a bit more hot pursuit, some more close calls for our heroes, or keeping the secret of the threat to world peace a little longer.
If you're looking for an in depth mystery, The Patriot Paradox may leave you lacking. But if you need a quick read on a rainy Sunday, or a good vacation book to get lost in, it will be a home run! And since I'm on vacation, I just ordered the sequel, Pressed!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)