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-- "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."
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.
Love all her books, this one no exception. Only problem, "there" was used, when "their" was the proper word. That sort of thing drives me crazy. Forgot to write down the chapter because I was engrossed in the story, but will update review after I skim story so that this excellent story won't be hurt by this. Update: Chapter 75: Day at the Spa, first chapter has the mistake. I hope it gets fixed.
Very interesting story with sci tech events and believable characters even if some were one dimensional. Begginng 1/3 was slow as author laid ground work of characters and not much connection between them. Later the pieces started to fall together and the story became more interesting and more difficult to put it aside. I will look into follow up books.
An entertaining read, moved along quickly. I haven't read the previous books in the series so I felt some of the characters weren't as fully developed as they could have been, but the book still stands alone.
Great character development. Compelling plot ripped from today's headlines. Good use of Russia's history as well as U.S. deterioration of preparation and useless armaments. Not fond of one sentence paragraphs and extensive use of discriptures.
It was a gripping story about what goes on in the world of the military and politics in both Russia and the USA. It may make you wonder if it might be more truth than fiction and there maybe people like Alex, Tom, Lou, Sam, etc. On our side as well as the Russians. It was well worth the time it took to read and I am moving on to the next one.