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-- "Themore you get to know her, the more you like her." -- "AlexHoffmann is a resourceful quick-thinking spy." -- "It'sfascinating to read about Alex..." -- "What Ireally liked about the novel is the strong female character that Alex is; she'sfierce, capable, determined, intelligent and relatable too." -- "AlexHoffman makes a great lead in this thrilling novel." -- "AlexHoffman is back, this time facing a new, potentially more dangerous threat thanin her last adventure."
This is the third book in Leslie Wolfe's espionage series. I read the other two so I guess I was up to speed to tackle her third book. I like her writing and her characters. especially her heroine Alex Hoffmann. Her plot is strong, even though the book drags a bit until you're about half way through when Alex enters the story as a real participant, not as window dressing, as she was in the beginning of the book.
I would have given this book a four star rating except for the fact that it appeared to end abruptly, with several story threads left unfinished including the thread associated with the nasty Russians in this book. The author spent at least fifty pages on describing their dastardly plot, went into detail on the background and motivations of several of these characters, and then at the end of the book you are left hanging wondering what happened to them all. I will not go into details on this, as I don't want to spoil the book for the many people that I know will download and read this.
I suspect that the main reason that Ms. Wolfe left out much of the detail here is that she plans to pick up this thread in her next book. While that may be OK, I felt cheated in that we never even found out the fate of these characters and Alex conveniently stopped investigating them at the end even though that goes against her unrelenting bulldog investigative nature.
I've gotten so tired of cliche spy novels, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Well written and moving at a fast pace, it was engrossing and while it hit may cliches, was different enough to be very enjoyable. My only quibble was at times some characters (Jeremy comes to mind) acted out of character, in my opinion. Why does he keep saying things like "Who ARE you people?" After the third time he should have caught on, but he keeps questioning and denying Alex things. Like other spy novels, it introduces a whole bunch of characters, and you have to keep track of who is who. They all come into the story, but sometimes a character is introduced early and does not show up again until much later. Violence - yes. Fighting and shooting, nothing graphic Sex - no. Some mild references to women's bodies but no sex Swearing - yes, but at a minimum
Because I have just finished Operation Sunset and this book apparently is a predecessor to it, I did not complete this book. However, I did learn all of the characters names and find that it actually is a good set up to the next in line to that of Operation Sunset. I must mention that I only purchased this on February 1 and began to read it on February 9 after just finishing the previously mentioned novel.
I really like the characters and lead up to the next novel. I find that each novel is a story unto itself without the necessity of having to read them in order.
I love techno-thrillers. I've been reading them since Tom Clancy was a name that was just breaking into the bestseller list. I recently just heard of the name Leslie Wolfe and when I read the great reviews, I knew I needed to check this book out. I can definitely say it ranks right up there with the best names in the business like Crichton, Suarez, and Preston. The characters are fantastically written and the suspense is unrelenting. With the current pressure between the United States and Russia over the bombing of Syria, this book becomes even more unsettling. I really had a great time with "The Backup Asset" and will be back for more from Leslie Wolfe.
Leslie Wolfe's "The Backup Asset" is a techno-thriller chock-full of suspense, action, and espionage. The protagonist is Alex Hoffmann who is on a mission to keep her country safe as tensions rise. Russia is infringing on other countries' territories and threatening to retaliate for sanctions. With new weapons on both sides, the conflict is promising to be unlike anything ever seen. Wolfe writes a thriller with just the right amount of twists and turns and plenty of tension-building. As a huge fan of strong female protagonists, I was really pleased with Alex's well-written character. Recommend if you like spy novels!
Another brilliant book of Ms Wolfe which I thoroughly enjoyed - it has the smart and talented heroine, entirely plausible and frightening espionage plot and 100 percent accurate assessment of how Russia plans to cripple the US.
The Backup Asset is a book worth reading to be aware of what might happen ...
I loved the book and could not put it down. I liked the fact that the author had 2 strong women play key roles in the book. Additionally, I felt that the book had a very plausible plot, the theft of high end technology. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages to see what happened next. If you like Vince Flynn or David Baldacci, this book will be a new favorite.