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About the Author
- ASIN : B00KLOXZUW
- Publisher : Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (July 1, 2014)
- Publication date : July 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 4417 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 433 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #450,783 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I hated, HATED the death of the psychologist/psychiatrist. I don't think it added anything to the book or the plot or the character development.
Uzi, for someone who was, at one time. an undercover black op in the Mossad, is probably the dumbest most incredibly not paying attention to what is going on. I figured out the broad was a "plant" the first time he slept with her and then "discovered" the tracking device. And he could NOT figure out where it came from. The ONLY time he had his clothes off was when he was sleeping with her. DUH.
Uzi allows his past to totally disrupt everything he is doing. He spends so much time cranking around about whether or not this or that is "legal" or whether or not someone is going to be upset, that half the time I just want to slap him upside the head and yell "get over it."
Now having grumped about that, this book is really good. It isn't going to go where you think it is going. And the scenario that Jacobson sets forth is scary. That having been said, the comments about the "militias" are more like a "Democrat vision of how to justify more laws."
I started this book, evidently in the middle of this group's "adventures" and have now ordered all the other books.
Jacobson's writing is crisp, effective, fast [hold on] and almost believable. His characters are not Vince Flynn's type of agents. And Jacobson does spend too much time making it seem that people get things done in spite of themselves. but somehow they do manage to stumble into the right course of action.
So, if you like fast, fascinating, devious, and surprising then Jacobson is for you. These are books you read for fun. And they are a lot of fun.
I wonder if Jacobson is out of breath as he writes these books.
I was looking forward to reading Hard Target, although I knew that Karen was more of a secondary character in this novel. However, I didn't like this as much as I had hoped.
The story follows Agent Aaron Uziel, who goes by the nickname of Uzi. Uzi lost his wife and daughter while he was a member of the Mossad in Israel. He returned to the States and started working for the FBI. He and his partner, Hector DeSantos, are investigating the attempted murder of the President-elect.
I enjoyed the insight into the workings of the FBI and the part that politics plays in investigations. However, I didn't care for Uzi as much as a character. I feel sorry for him that he lost his wife and daughter, but he makes some truly poor choices in this book. There were definitely some twists that I would expect to see on my favorite soap opera, not in an Alan Jacobson book. Here are the rest of my issues with the book:
1. There were just too many characters. Some had real names, some went by code names; either way, there were just too many.
2. Many things were easily figured out by the reader, but not the characters. No real surprises until the very last page, because it was easy to figure out.
3. One of the bad guys showed up in the beginning and then didn't come back until near the end. By then, I'd forgotten about him and who he was.
4. Not enough Karen Vail.
Is this better than a lot of books out there? Yes, it is. But it just wasn't Alan Jacobson's best.
I hate when an author throws in some nonsense that doesn't add to the story. In this case, he has a character expound on how illegal guns are bought and sold at gun shows by leg imitate dealers who sell "under the table" as private citizens. Many, many guns. I actually read the acknowledgements to see who advised him of that tidbit. He has plenty of experts, but none on gun shows. It's a common misconception, one that's promoted over and over by people who've never been to gun shows. First, if it's so common, don't you think the ATF would pose as buyers at gun shows? I'm no expert in FBI matters, but I do know firearms, and his blatant throwing gun shows under the bus is 100% hogwash. I've been to many.
Once I got past that, the story was fast paced. You'll probably have to suspend your disbelief at the end, maybe he ran out of a logical ending.
Another negative factor is Mr. Jacobson's infatuation with Israel and Jews. While the Israeli intelligence services are good, do you really think that the FBI consults with retired Israeli intelligence agents about domestic terrorism? In Mr. Jacobson's world, it appears that the majority of smart, tough, beautiful people are Jews - the uglies are all Christian.
Not a bad book if you share Mr. Jacobson's prejudices.
Top reviews from other countries
This is my first review even though I read an average of two novels a week
The acronyms are hard to follow, and there many, many names to keep track of, but it is well worth it. If you are a political thriller fan.....this is a book for you