- File Size: 2299 KB
- Print Length: 269 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1641190043
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Wolfpack Publishing (August 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 22, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07522L6FF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The opening of this book, which commences at a funeral grabs you from the get go. While the plot takes time to build, once it does you will be drawn in and won't want to to put the book down until the last page has been read. It's a bit like mystery meets spy games with some S&M weaved in (just for a little bit of spice, nothing too explicit).
The book takes you to China midst the Olympics. Who would have known the games include murder, kidnapping, smear campaigns and blackmail? Well, for this round of the Olympics they do :)
My favorite part of the book is how the beginning preps you for the ending ;)
Definetly a worthwhile and intriguing read.
Tag McCall also works for Amberon as a security guard. He has fallen very far since his stint as Secret Service protection chief to the Vice President due to someone, namely him, needing to take the fall for a failed assassination attempt. He has a heart problem, became a drunk and drove his wife and teen daughter away. Now he is in China working grunt level security. When he finds something off kilter with what Price has done, he quietly investigates but is distracted when a teen gymnast vanishes. With help from Amberon dispatcher Rose being watched by Ministry of Internal Security investigator Mei, he soon fears something nightmarish is planned for the Games by his boss.
Over the top of The Great Wall, Dragon Games is a fast-paced thriller starring a wonderful hero who keeps on ticking in spite of setbacks in his professional and personal life and suffering from angina. Filled with action from the onset when Price brazenly assassinates three people and never slows down for a breather, readers will enjoy Stephen Mertz's exhilarating tale that is enhanced by his enchanting capture of the city's Olympic ambiance.
The novel begins with the opening ceremonies in the behemoth stadium coined "the bird's nest" with an unexpected and very violent operation involving both the private security firm and Chinese Special Forces. A group of what the Chinese believe to be terrorists are captured in the delivery access area of the stadium. It is a quick and violent operation that isn't noticed by anyone, including the media, but leads the protagonist, Tag McCall, into a dark and dangerous mission that will cost him more than he can fathom.
DRAGON GAMES is a throwback in the thriller racket. It is more adventure and less bombast. The writing is tight and literate, and the plot is streamlined into an action packed story that is more believable, and therefore more suspenseful, than the common variety 21st Century thriller.
The prose is strong and shifts from a rich and almost poetic cadence to a stark and pounding hardboiled style that is reminiscent of the suspense novels of the 1970s and 80s. It is, however, not a rehash of anything old or new. The story is original and the style is all Stephen Mertz. It is a modern adventure novel that it is better than most in its category.
The characters, particularly the hero, are built around the story, but they have a certain reality that gives them a flesh and blood feel. They have families, love, hate, hope and even dreams. Their back stories are sprinkled throughout the novel with a sparseness that allows the reader to relate to the characters without slowing the pace of the plot.
DRAGON GAMES is the best of Stephen Mertz's novels. The narrative is strong, the characters are vivid and bold, and the story is exotic, enticing, and damn fun. There are brief touches of understated humor mixed with ratcheting tension and action, and richly detailed and interesting descriptions of Beijing, the Olympics and the Chinese people. Mr Mertz has written a novel that is worthy of the first tier of suspense and action novels.
-Dark City Underground