- File Size: 2264 KB
- Print Length: 275 pages
- Publication Date: April 10, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VY39238
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
An Abduction Affair: A John Ross Mystery Kindle Edition
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About the book. In a world FULL of thriller stories, I can't begin to imagine how hard it must be to craft an original story line. After reading a pile of thrillers, the astute reader will start to find patterns in the story line, and start to anticipate where the author is heading, and what surprises he's holding back for the right moment. Given all that, I found this book enjoyable even though it didn't stand out in the same way his two westerns do. The thriller/spy genre has just been worked to death for so many years that a writer will be re-plowing old ground at some point, and the experienced reader should know and accept that every time he/she picks up a new book. This one is now exception.
To me Dan's style (this book only) reads like a cross between a David Morrell plot line, Stephen Hunter's knowledge of weapons.. While the plot was semi-predictable as the story unfolded, that is a reader-dependent issue that varies with how many thrillers they're read, and movies they've watched. Dan still caught me off guard in spots, and I enjoyed the ride. I had mixed emotions about his "Thomas Magnum" style introspective narrations. It helped to set this book apart from other thrillers, and made it enjoyable to read sometimes, while getting in the way a little at others.
As a firearms enthusiast, I GREATLY appreciated his knowledge of firearms, and enjoyed NOT reading about "the smell of cordite" for a change! As with his first two books, this one sets Dan apart from all other writers except Stephen Hunter as being written by and for firearms enthusiasts. There are some otherwise great authors who simply wing it when talking about gun stuff, and it's reads like nails on a chalkboard to those of us who know better.
I hope this review is read in the manner I'm trying to type it while in a very sleep deprived state. It's a fun, action-packed book. And while I preferred the two westerns that preceded it, I'm anxiously waiting to see where Catherine sends Mr. Ross next.
If you enjoy books filled with mysterious government agencies that don't exist, fast-paced storytelling, and a good deal of snark with a little romance thrown in, AN ABDUCTION AFFAIR is for you. John Ross is assigned to rescue Jennifer Carnihan, the daughter of a wealthy and influential American, who was kidnapped and held captive in the jungles of Colombia. His agency hatches a dicey plan that requires John to be kidnapped, but he pulls off the rescue in fine form and gets her out of the jungle safely. That's when things get difficult. Think a woman who demands vengeance from her captors and everyone complicit in her kidnapping. Think assassination attempts. Think bombs. Think something even more explosive - a budding romance.
This is a plot filled with twists and turns. Just when you're sure you know what's going on, Chamberlain tosses everything up in the air, and you're wondering once again who wanted Jennifer kidnapped. And perhaps more importantly, why.
AN ABDUCTION AFFAIR is a wild ride and a great start to what I hope will be a long series. Five stars.
And speaking of scenery, I noticed something that Dan does that may turn out to be a trademark. A place of seeming insignificance early on in the book turns up later towards the end that is a highly significant setting for the ending. You wonder why and what it means at the time, and then at the ending of the book, it hits you why it is significant. Makes you read any of his books closer to find that 'place'.
The main character, John Ross, is well developed through the book with plenty of information to form the character and 'flesh him out'. He accepts the authority of those over him, but it chafes him to do so at times, but friendship and respect for them evens things out. He plays by the rules, but isn't above bending them if it serves to further what he needs to do to get the job done. And the technology used in the book is cutting edge real world things that make you think about what we've lost in our freedoms.
I don't know if we have any super secret black ops department like the one described, and I doubt it. The old OSS and OSI couldn't survive unobserved in today's political climate. People no longer keep their mouths shut and take secrets to their graves. But such an organization does have a place in the national security mix and are needed just as much now as when they were first formed.
The book is written so well that you find yourself feeling like you are there watching as everything unfolds, and that's a rare gift for a writer. And I suspect that John Ross will be into some more adventures in another book. There were some loose ends left dangling in this one that need to be addressed in a NEW BOOK! Keep writing, Dan, and I'll keep reading!