- File Size: 1245 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Publisher: Allen & Unwin (September 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008YP2WUY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,537,877 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Midnight Empire Kindle Edition
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Plot-wise, it was fairly solid and while I have no special insights into the principal world described, it didn't jar with implausibilities. I was in for the ride and wanted to find out what would happen next, which is a must for suspense fiction. The feeling of the back-story, an Australian company working to get into the US on a make-or-break basis is familiar to me, and I thought fairly well-rendered.
I can't say that the character development held up quite as well as the plot. It wasn't bad, but some of the dialogues pushed it a bit I think. It seems unlikely to me that seasoned military and secret service types would spontaneously deliver those philosophical ramblings that keep popping up. The protagonist on the other hand was fairly believable as he stumbled through a series of escalating bad decisions, with his mix of insecurity, impulsiveness and finally unexpected bravery.
On reflection, this book packs quite a bit in, with several interesting threads woven around the main game, touching on gambling addictions, the menace of a home-soil terrorist presence gathering in the background and what is really quite a fascinating account of the events in the far-distant theatre. The storyline around the internal conflicts between al-Qaeda and the Taliban is especially compelling, and sets us up for a very interesting twist which I won't spoil. The more I think about it, the less hesitation I have in recommending this book; if the themes interest you, I think it'll be well worth the read.