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Hard Cover (A Marc Portman Thriller) Hardcover – July 1, 2016
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"Nonstop action" (Kirkus Reviews)
“Deft writing, high-octane action, taut suspense, and plenty of twists make this a gripping read for those who like their spies more like Alex Berenson’s John Wells than le Carré’s Smiley” (Booklist)
"I look forward to reading any further adventures of Marc Portman and in fact any new books by this very talented and exciting author. Very strongly recommended" (Euro Crime)
“Magson writes well and informatively about the spy game” (Publishers Weekly)
The third tense and compelling thriller to feature The Watchman - deep cover specialist Marc Portman
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The novel is written in the first person mode which I like but it adds pressure on the author to make his main character not only interesting but likeable to the reader. Considering the role of Marc, the author does a good job here. One can relate to our main character, to his values, his actions, his morals, and his ability and willingness to do the things necessary to keep the USA safe.
I think this book was the weakest of the series so far because of the plot. I really enjoyed the other two books in the series. They were exciting, realistic, suspenseful and fun to read. This book was okay but predictable, repetitious, and left me a little disappointed. The author has left openings for other characters development that could be expanded in another book and I would like to see this. I like Marc Portman. I like his role. So I hope another book comes out but with plots and characters more in line with book 1 and 2.
Hard Cover is the third book featuring Marc Portman, a close protection specialist who evaluates risks in hostile situations and acts accordingly. After rescuing the 13 year old daughter of a local federal judge from cartel kidnappers in Mexico, Marc gets a call from Tom Vale, a senior official from the UK's Secret Intelligence Service. High level officials from the CIA and the State Department want Portman (code name Watchman) to follow a former KGB officer with ties to Putin. After attempts have been made on his life, it is Watchman's job to be sure he gets back to Russia in one piece. With his trusted team watching his back stateside, Portman heads off, unseen and ready for any situation that might arise.
One of the greatest things about a spy thriller are the action sequences, and this book does not disappoint. There is not a lot of character development, but in a book about a covert operative who has to blend into his surroundings, you would not expect much. With a fast paced plot and a story arc that begs for a sequel, I highly anticipate the next book in the Marc Portman series. Although Hard Cover did not blow me away like the previous books, it was a good, steady read and has clearly set many possibilities in motion for the Watchman.