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Fallen Angel (Section One) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 16, 2016
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★★★★★ 'An engaging thriller that investigates the psychology of fanaticism.'
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About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 16, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 220 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1534870784
- ISBN-13 : 978-1534870789
- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.56 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,836,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The principal character in this drama is Kendra, a former spy, a pretty young woman who was traumatized by the war in Iraq and the killings, a war she participated in and in which she also killed people. She, a non-Muslim, has also not gotten over the break up that she had with a man she loved and still loves, a Muslim man, Ryan. Ten years have now passed and she is in therapy, no longer part of the special spy agency with which she was previously involved. Sitting drinking coffee in Aukland, New Zealand she sees Ryan drive by and starts to follow him. As she does so, she discovers that three men are following Ryan, men with guns. So starts the drama that ends in many deaths, with cover-ups, and much more.
All in all this is a really good well-written engrossing story, which develops at just the right pace with suspense; and the plot, characters, and the way they act are interesting. In addition, John Ling spices his story with fascinating information about spying, the volatile psychology of various criminals, good and bad Muslims, and much more. John Ling has outrun John le Carre by a literary mile. I will read others.
I've never been an operative, so perhaps Ling is making stuff up (hey, it's fiction!), but the way he interweaves the tools, the weapons, and the moves gives the impression that he's either lived this or he's done some great research. It feels authentic throughout, and in the moments when Kendra was having to slow her breathing and lower her pulse, so was I.
My one little complaint--which would bring this down to 4-1/2 stars if I could give half stars--is that Ling offers close to zero physical description of the characters. I could make them up in my head, and maybe that's his intention, but I'd like to have at least a couple clues going in about general appearance. His other descriptions are clear and crisp, but the characters remain faceless. (If you have found my review helpful, I'd really appreciate if you would click the "Helpful" button. Thanks so much for reading! Liz)
Within moments, Kendra finds herself caught in the middle of a terrorist conspiracy that can affect the intelligence services of not only New Zealand, but its allies around the world, including the United States. Working with the only two people she truly trusts, retired agent Jim Braddock and former fellow agent Adam Larsen, Kendra sets off to find out how Ryan is involved in this black op and has he become the enemy.
This was a very well-plotted and fast-paced read. I was surprised to learn how active New Zealand is in global intelligence. The only minor quibble I have is that the story ended somewhat abruptly as soon as all the ends were tied up. I definitely want to learn more of the back stories of all the main characters. As this is Book 1 of a series, I am hopefully optimistic that John Ling will deliver these in his upcoming books. In the meantime, enjoy this entry in the thriller genre.
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