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FANS LOVE ALEX HOFFMANN!
-- "The more you get to know her, the more you like her." -- "Alex Hoffmann is a resourceful quick-thinking spy." -- "It's fascinating to read about Alex..." -- "What I really liked about the novel is the strong female character that Alex is; she's fierce, capable, determined, intelligent and relatable too." -- "Alex Hoffman makes a great lead in this thrilling novel." -- "Alex Hoffman is back, this time facing a new, potentially more dangerous threat than in 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 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.
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.
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 ...
It's true that Leslie Wolfe writes like the early Tom Clancy. The first several chapters are slow and jump around in time, place and person to build the scene. The chapters are short and suspenseful. The difference is that she has several strong female characters who do more than spread their legs or act as the mothering type. In a field where many women work, it's nice t see that acknowledged.
We have all the main types in this political suspense. There's the high-level director with a few personal flaws. There's the disgruntled employee. There's a workaholic. There's a foe bent on destroying western life and there's an easy means of doing so, but it isn't that obvious until around a quarter through the book, and that's when the pace picks up.
Leslie Wolfe uses a contemporary scenario (the Ukraine and ISIS) with a Russian leader who appears to be very much like the current Russian leader. This is not a very deep, complex psychological thriller, but it is a nicely-paced thriller that doesn't take a PolySci major to understand. While there are some computer terms, all technical aspects are well described for the layman. It's a good read.
What started out as a free read has turned into one of the better written books I have read in a while. Alex Hoffman is certainly a problem solving genius with an attitude. The books are well written, well researched and keep you turning pages. Mr. Wolfe is a true story teller and may even reach the level of another Tom Clancy or W.E.B Griffin. I have read all of the books in this series and look forward to more if that is in the works.
I've loved all of Leslie Wolfe's books that I've gotten to read so far. Alex starts a little slowly in this book until she gets the new case. Then the story grabs you and you hate to put it down. The book is so relevent to today's Russia - US situation. Leslie researches everything so thoroughly...whether it's all true or not, it is certainly believable. I love the Alex Hoffman character...such a smart and capable woman.
The third novel in the Alex Hoffman series was another good story. Having read the first two stories, "The Back-up Asset" picked up from book two. All three stories are well written and interesting.
However, Alex Hoffman, the lead character is such a whiny, self-centered person. She storms off angry quite often and comes across as a little child. It gets old after awhile. It does distract from the reading.