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Bob Purssell graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked in engineering and management for thirty-five years. Now retired, he devotes himself to writing and racing autocross and go-karts. Purssell and his wife, Sandy, live in Brookfield, Connecticut. This is his debut novel.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2011
I don't usually read too many military-themed thrillers, but the cover of the book pulled me right in. Sure glad it did, because this book transcends the genre. I couldn't put it down. The main reason is the protagonist, Barbara O'Leary. In Barbara, Bob Purssell has created a fascinating, multi-faceted character, who is both accomplished and vulnerable. I couldn't help rooting for Barbara as she wrestled both her inner demons and actual villans. The author also seems to have an excellent grasp of the workings of the military. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking of an exciting read read with a unique twist.
The previous two reviews are very well stated. Mr. Purssell's style used to develop Barbara O'leary's character over time was interesting and intriguing. The unexpected history of her young years before joining the Navy made me fall in love and wanted her life to have a happy ending. I was engaged by the time travel element of the story. I couldn't put the book down, and was particularly in suspense as to what would be the outcome during Barbara's dangerous mission in Chad. I did not want it to end and wanted to know more. As I reached the end of the book, I knew I would love a sequel.
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2011
It was refreshing to discover such a strong female protagonist within the setting of a military thriller. Barbara O'Leary is a carefully-crafted heroine. The author, Mr. Purssell, has taken the time to help the reader understand the psychological motivations behind LT. O'Leary's actions. Nothing is expected, nor cut and dried about her choices. She is brave, ruthless and exciting. All in all, a fine debut novel.
This book is an exciting thriller and the protagonist, Barbara O'Leary has all the compelling characteristics of a female James Bond. She is attractive and quirky, brave and witty, resourceful and ultimately human. She is a joy to read about. And the author clearly knows his stuff. The military chapters come alive and are real page-turners, especially the Chad chapter which was my favorite. I look forward to the next sequel in the series. The author has created a lot of exciting plot lines and the next chapters in the journey should be equally thrilling.