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Bad analysis--woe to the innocents. Craig Wilson knows any number of things can contribute to a successful terrorist attack: weak intelligence, misaligned resources, personality conflicts, even a misspelled name, but his greatest fear is bad analysis. As a senior analyst on an international risk assessment team he takes a low tech approach when correlating incoming data; a white board and magic markers. Scorn he can handle, as long as he gets it right.
Money and new members are suddenly pouring into the English Defense League, an anti-Muslim protest movement supported by both soccer hooligans and blue bloods. When MI5 fails to issue an alert, red flags start Wilson's calculating mind racing. Under direct orders to end his investigation, he knows the clock is ticking, and it's up to him to neutralize the threat of thousands of deaths and casualties.
Intelligent, without being overtly intellectual, Bad Analysis deconstructs xenophobia. And it's a damn fine conspiracy thriller, to boot.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Author – Colin Knight
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 5/7/16
Craig Wilson is an analyst with Canada's Integrated Terrorism Center
Morris Marshall is the head of the English Defense League, a radical right wing racist organization.
Anthony Mitton-Wells is a highly respected, wealthy, fanatical, domestic terrorist.
My impressions: terrifying, possible, fanatics, high placed domestic terrorist, despicable thugs.
It took a while for me to get into this plot, but then I was engrossed to the end. I even stayed up past midnight to finish it. Racist hatred is the central theme and manipulation of the losers at the bottom of the economy is the means of implementing a major act of violence to rid England of all immigrants, especially Muslims.
Of course, it takes a sick minded but intelligent, wealthy, high placed person or small group of people to put an outrageous plan like this in action, so we have the upper and lower classes uniting in an evil plot.
Craig Wilson is the experienced and respected analyst who has a bureaucrat for a boss instead of a professional who has advanced through the organization gaining a background in what Craig is most proficient at.
The guts of the story lays out Craig's fears of terrorist slipping through their nets due to bad analysis of available information or management's inept, micromanagement of his conclusions. Craig's fears soon prove to be real and he has to put his career on the line to force people above him to listen before thousands of victims are injured or killed.
The plot is well thought out and maintains intensity from start to finish.
The flaws are that internal thoughts need to be in italics, and there are occasional common editing errors. If those issues don't turn you off the story gets a 5 star rating based on the strong intense plot. If perfect editing is a must for you, knock the rating down a bit.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
Vigilant Reader Book Reviews.
Bad Analysis was well written and extremely detailed. Colin Knight certainly did his research! This is not a fluff book or one for the faint of heart! If you enjoy reading Thrillers then you will probably love this book! Go get it!
*Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Bad Analysis is an excellently-paced spy thriller, hitting all the right notes of intrigue, duplicity, and desperation. The protagonist is sufficiently flawed to be credible, and the case is convincingly built on a series of tiny details, luck, and hunches. The conflict between the politic aspirations of Wilson’s bosses and the very real danger posed by their myopia is an especially nice touch. Unfortunately, the stellar plotting and story of this book was badly undermined by the technical aspects of the writing, especially in the punctuation. This is the kind of book that would easily hit five stars if not for the fact I had to stop on multiple occasions to figure out where the comma should have gone, and what the most likely meaning of the phrase had been intended to be.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Top international reviews
The author skillfully presents an intelligent and reasonably complex plot whilst managing to retain both momentum of story line and clarity of prose, making for easy and enjoyable reading.
Two story is comprised of two main threads. The first follows the exploits of three sociopathic, racist thugs and their socially superior puppet-masters whose aim is to rid England of its immigrant plague. The second follows Craig Wilson, a British ex-pat working with a Canadian anti-terrorism government department. For Wilson, it's a race against time to unravel a deep-rooted web of deceit and corruption, before his adversaries are able to perpetrate a most horrible crime that would change the face of England forever.
As well as considerable talent, it's evident from the author's profile that years of experience within government and an academic background in politics and international relations, have been fed into this book. This transforms it into something that is actually quite brilliant.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. My assessment of the work has in no way been influenced by this.
1. Complex plot which delivers a gradual build up to the end-game and offers a number of surprise twists.
2. Great execution of overall story- with the amount of characters and several locations there is no confusion as to what's going on and who's who.
3. Add to the above point- precision to detail and a glimpse into how a terrorist act might be plotted. Kind of scary, really...
4. A lot of knowledge has gone into the book... I wonder if the author got in trouble for his Google browser history! :)
5. There is no "here are the outlines of the event, color it to your own liking"- no, the readers was told pretty much in details what's going on and that adds to the horror and terror!
Basically, what you get is a proper build up for event(s) to unfold, proper full-speed-ahead action, some analysts trying to tie ends together and controversy. Of course, no book is complete without a handful of sick bastards!
If you have a very vivid imagination and are easily squeamish then there are parts in the book which can make you physically retch! Just saying... Racism, beatings, torture...