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Hostile Intent by [Walsh, Michael]
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  • File Size: 876 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (August 7, 2009)
  • Publication Date: August 24, 2009
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002KS3ASO
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By D. Buxman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2009
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Hostile Intent is an excellent book that grabbed my attention from the first few pages and didn't let go. Oftentimes in this genre, the author attempts to introduce a legion of characters and settings in such a whirlwind of activity that I have trouble keeping everything straight. In this instance, while the book maintains the convention of several key characters and simultaneous scenes, I found the organization coherent enough to keep track and maintain my interest in each of the various plot lines. The pace was exciting enough to keep me reading well into the wee hours of the morning. This book is well worth the price (free as of this review) and, more importantly, worth the time it takes to read it. In the current political environment, I wouldn't say this book is politically correct, but it is a page turner.
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I loved this book!!! I could not believe it was free, and as I read it, I kept thinking that it was as good or better than most of the spy/thriller that I had purchased for 9.99 or more. The action is fast paced, and it hooked me almost inmediately.
I am puzzled by some of the reviews that state that the author used intricate vocabulary. I only read the reviews after finishing the book, and I can honestly say that I did NOT find the language contrived or anything different from other fast paced Action/Thrillers.
If you love and wait patiently for the newest Thrillers, get this book. You have nothing to lose (its free), and will be on the edge of your seat for the whole ride. I looked up the author, and was willing to buy full price, but it seems that this is his first (and only) novel of this genre.
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It is hard to ignore the right wing politics of this book, which is a shame, because it is a genuine page-turner with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing, a more than adequate beach read that anyone of any political persuasion should be able to enjoy.

I say this as a conservative who largely agrees with the author, Michael Walsh's, not so subtle message about the West's 50 year attempt at suicide through a combination of low birth rates, a culture that celebrates mediocrity, and our cult of guilt over doing what it takes to survive in a dangerous world.

But the various characters' long inner monologues on these and many more topics get old by the middle of the book, and I found myself skimming over these sections to get to an actual plot development. In fact, Hostile Intent reminded me a little of the writings of Ayn Rand, in that the stories are simply a vehicle for her morality lessons. Combine Alex Berenson with Ayn Rand, and you probably get something similar to Michael Walsh.

Walsh says he wrote Hostile Intent to honor the intelligence officers and secret agents that live lives of extreme danger and even greater loneliness. This is certainly a laudable goal, especially considering the beating the CIA is now taking over their interrogation practices, but if he wanted to honor these men, he might have started by making the hero of the story likeable. Instead, we get Devlin, an arrogant and fundamentally immoral, highly trained and lethal government agent of an elite, unknown agency who does what he does not for any love of country, but only because it is what he was raised to do.
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This book begins with Hope and her children, and a difficult day. What I found unusual, is that we didnt hear much about these people until the book was nearly finished. I had expected Hope to play a greater role. Without revealing the plot, I found it difficult to understand what, why, and how we arrived at the outcome for her daughter.

I did like the characters. It was sometimes difficult to work out who they all were, especially since some had more than one name - codenames, alias, etc. But, overall they were enjoyable.

What I thought was unnecessary where the references to the Beslan school massacre in Russia. I dont think it is ok to use the misery of others, and children, in a work of fiction.
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By Murky on January 22, 2010
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I seldom submit reviews for books I've read. But then, I don't stop people on the road to tell them the road is good, either. But, if I hit a pothole or there's some hazard on the road, I feel it's my duty to warn others. This book is a pothole. Even if you overlook the fifty-cent words poorly injected throughout and the tedious character development, the plot convolutions will have you scratching your head. Mostly unbelievable, from beginning to end. Unbelievable too that I read the whole thing, though I did just skim the parts that hurt too much. Definitely a pothole.
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Very well written fast paced thriller. This was a book I got for free and the kindle store and I am always happy when they turn out not to be a Christian preachy book. Those is most of the books that are free and I get a third if the way in before they start getting all preachy. This is a story of a few different terrorist plots based in the US and one man is in charge if stopping. While not as good as a Clive Cussler or a Matthew Reilly book, this one literally starts out with a bang in an elementary school and goes very quickly after that. I read this very quickly and will look for other books by this author.
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