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- ASIN : B00K0029J0
- Publisher : The Swiftshadow Group, Inc.; 1st edition (April 27, 2014)
- Publication date : April 27, 2014
- Language: : English
- File size : 835 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #433,095 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Yup, repetition. Saying the same thing over and over. Not just similar things but word-for-word the same thing.
At least 5 times during the book, the used the phrase "no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy". Fine, this is an old saying, and is labeled as such. There's a reason for that - it's on old saying. Meaning that everyone already has heard it. It might be worth stating once, but to trot it out over and over again makes me question the fundamental abilities of the author.
Also, the main action in the book takes place over the course of just over a month. During this time, the protagonist is shot at least three times - twice requiring surgery. He has elective circumcision. He's tortured and has his lower intestine partially pulled out through his navel with a corkscrew.
All the while, he still has enough mojo to participate in multiple escapades and firefights while traveling all around the world. The author occasionally mentions that he's experiencing a "twinge" of pain. Seriously? Any one of these experiences would lay him up for weeks. No one has that kind of physical rebound.
protect an asset or project by competing agencies.
If the public knew the real stories behind the headlines or events, they would not believe them. The game is a game of smoke and mirrors!
Excellent book and serious.
As other reviews have mentioned, there are a lot of issues with the chronology (e.g., the character undergoing training or convalescing from injuries that would normally take months or years in a matter of days), and a lot of time is spent detailing individuals, settings, clothing, etc. that never really factors into the actual story.
Overall, I was hoping for a more realistic spy thriller and was ultimately disappointed to get one the ended up feeling more like a cheesy action movie toward the end.
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No one informs him and he spends days trying to find out if she’s just left him or if something has actually happened to her. Once he finds the news of her death, he goes into a rage and just wants revenge against the bomber, Tariq Houmaz, who killed her. Shortly after this, an old man, called Yigdal Ben-Levy calls on Jon and asks him how well he actually knew Lisa and then reveals that wasn’t her real name and she was really working for Mossad. Ben-Levy tells Jon that Lisa’s job was to recruit him for Mossad and to tell him what his parents really did before they died.
Jon joins Mossad on a rapid training programme and shortly finishing his training, after goes out on an undercover operation, but they are ambushed and all of the team are killed apart from Jon. The bomber, Tariq Houmaz, is again responsible. An extremely intelligent foe and one who thinks multiple steps ahead. Jon is rescued by another organisation and forced to be a double agent for MI-6. When Ben-Levy finds out, he puts out a kill order on Jon as an example to all the other recruits.
Houmaz has a large plot, in mind, against Israel and Jon finds some information about this plot, while working with MI-6. He has to tell his handler and boss, Ben-Levy, but needs a team he can trust to work with him on taking down Houmaz, once and for all. Millions of lives could be at stake and Jon may have to put aside his thoughts of revenge against the bomber, for the greater good.
A very interesting introduction to the making of a spy, with many twists and turns, leaving you wondering what will happen to the main character next. The start, for me was a bit confusing, as you have to get used to the different locations and time periods, but also unusual names and terms. Jon is interested in the Islamic banking system and is highly mathematical in his thought processes, so can lead you into places unfamiliar to most.
Once the story gets going, you are shown what would happen to a foreign national, who goes and joins another country’s intelligence service. Would he be treated the same by all or used as cannon fodder? His backstory, once you find out about it, helps a little, but you also have a handler that can order you to be killed, just to set an example to others, even when he promised your parents that he would always look out for you!
A very life like story of what could be happening in our current world and the world of terrorism. Hackers and banking systems. The funding of terrorist cells today and evidence of where the money has come from. The ease in which the Islamic banking system makes this so easy to exploit. All in all, a great spy thriller, with an unexpectedly, normal seeming young man as the main character, who goes on to seek revenge for his girlfriend and others.
Once you are past the start, you will definitely get engrossed in the plot and wanting to see if Jon can succeed or even survive till the end of the book. It isn’t easy to put down once the very realistic gun fights and so on, occur. If you want a realistic, modern take on fighting against terrorism and the mix of Mossad, MI-6 and the CIA, all showing up in the action, then this is the book for you!
I received an ARC copy of this book from Hidden Gems and I have freely given my own opinion of the book above. Although I haven’t given the book five stars, due to the slow start, I have gone ahead and bought this one and the next in the series, as I would love to see what the author will come up with next. This is totally set in our modern world and should frighten you in parts, with what the author shows you as reality.
A young man named Jon Sommers who was orphaned as a child when his parents' mysterious activities caught up with them, suffers a second crippling loss. His fiancee is killed while visiting Israel. Jon was preparing to work in a bank and use his high mathemathical skills but when an agent from Mossad contacts him and reveals that his fiancee had been one of them, he changes his life. I'm in two minds about this plot point; Jon does some investigating first so he is not rushing into anything, but he's never been to Israel as far as we know, while he doesn't even do the obvious and ask what the pay would be. On the other hand, young men are full of testosterone and love adrenalin, making them idiots. I'd probably ask British diplomatic staff if I could do anything to help Israel, if I were British, as the two countries have aligned interests. Jon just goes to Israel. Any nation's secret service is going to consider a foreign national as pretty much disposable.
Methinks Jon should have asked for an office-based job, funds transferring or being taught to hack or something, but he gets the full whack of training (probably obligatory) and is thrown in at the deep end of an assassination. He has to run each day carrying fifty kilos; that's my weight. I have picked it up and carried it, but I wouldn't want to run with it. Rational reflection tells me it's not just strength training, it's preparing someone to run carrying an incapacitated person. But all the special coated clothing doesn't stop the enemy's bullets and he's the only survivor of a mission gone crosswise between Arab funded terrorists, the MI6 and his own bunch. His own? Well hold on, Jon gets reminded that he's a British subject working for an overseas power's secret service. Though UK doesn't publicly hang people any more as is mentioned. Whatever way you look at it, he's in a corner.
I'm not sure how much of this tale is based on truth, and I don't really want to know. With several switches of location and character it can be a little hard to follow at first; keep going and you'll get in the swing. Involving a Chinese hacker to exploit Russian files seems to be a different track altogether, but it does tie in. Depressing how often such convoluted trails lead back to oil. I liked the tale more when it got to the ins and outs of funds transfers in banks, oddly because that seems dryer, but it also seemed like what the author knew better and communicated better. I also liked when a small team form of their own choosing, and it immediately feels right, rather than the assigned units we've previously seen.
The impression I'm left with most deeply is how fast and thoroughly a person involved in any of this craziness loses their normal life. I see many parallels with another instalment Swiftshadow, which I preferred because the female character resonated with me more than the protagonist of Bloodridge. Action packed, detailed and immersive, Bloodridge is well worth a read. And there's a fun interview with the author at the end.