- Paperback: 380 pages
- Publisher: Tree Tunnel Publishing, LLC (July 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780983744702
- ISBN-13: 978-0983744702
- ASIN: 098374470X
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 86 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,476,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lance Priest, known as Preacher by some, is a 21 year old college student. He sells used cars to make money.
Lance is a super used car salesman. He never tries to screw buyers over and will sell them the best car for their buck. Lance has his own code of ethics.
Lance is also a liar par excellance. He can tell a lie better than anyone and have everyone believing that lie. He's lied his whole life and the practice has made his life easier. Lance can fit in anywhere and his lies help him get there.
Lance also has a photographic memory and a little out of body thing goin on.
When he's out of body he can float above himself and any alititude, catch a clue about whats going on in the area, and make a decision on how to proceed. Pretty handly little ability to have especially when the CIA takes over his life.
Lance filled out a questionaire he got in college. The questionaire was looking for folks interested in joining the Foreign Service. Lance filled in out, sent it in and promptly forgot about it.
Lance was mildly surprised to be picked for testing. Lance, true to form, put down nothing but lies on the entire questionaire. A questionaire that will change his life.
So begins one damned fine read.
This one has Lance, his time in the Army, his training, his comrades in arms, his boss, his boss's agenda, a girl named Marta, jihadists, the KGB, loads of bad guys and Preacher pulling it off.
Just one great read and well worth those five stars.
The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you surprised and guessing till the very last page. Despicable secondary characters that manipulate and weave a tapestry of layer upon layer of diabolical schemes and betrayals that leaves you outraged and breathless on behalf of the main character. Nothing is as it seems for the protagonist and you the reader. And the author does this effortlessly.
From the very first page I was hooked and on the edge of my seat. Metcalf has penned a winner in Lance/Preacher as a quirky unique protagonist with some very unusual abilities that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go. You find yourself eagerly enthralled and pulled along for the ride and desperate for more by the end which is saying a lot for any book. This guy is no cookie cutter spy that populates so many spy thrillers today but someone so unique and different that you can’t help but really care about him and want to see him succeed if only to get some payback from those pulling the strings.
I was so impressed with The Perfect Candidate, the first book in the series, that I bought the next two books immediately after I finished the first and read them back to back. The Perfect Weapon, the second in the series, and The Perfect Angel, the third in the series, are just as well written as the first. The story of Lance/Preacher continues in both books with more surprises and even bigger betrayals as the saga unfolds. And I can honestly say I did not see the final twist that exploded like a bomb off the page at the end of book 3. And as usual, it left me outraged and salivating for more.
I recommend this series to anyone wanting to be swept away by a great epic story.
Message to the author Christopher Metcalf: As a new loyal fan and dedicated reader I demand some righteous payback in book 4. When might that be?
The scenes of Lance's recruitment into the CIA are a hoot to follow. The main CIA character is well developed and described. Lance's response to him and the other spooks in the story keeps the plot moving along and entertaining.
During the training at Harvey Point, the reader finds out Lance is driven to excel. He just never had a big enough challenge before. These scenes are some of my favorites in the book.
Unstoppable as a hero should be, Lance whacks bad guys right and left in artful ways. A true loner and happy with his life that way, he makes for the perfect weapon to unleash on our enemies. All this skill and he is only 21 years old too. A lot of room to develop if he survives. Some of the bad guys are really bad and they all want the Preacher dead.
Preacher is a unique individual who possesses a rare set of skills that make him a desired asset for his government’s more shadowy elements. The plot takes us to many of the traditional spy novel locales, but Metcalf also manages to interweave GeoPolitical nuances into the story in a seamless fashion. Not many novels would be able to blend the KGB, CIA and Saddam Hussein into a single cohesive story, but this author does so in a very believable fashion. And not to worry, the action moves at a breathtaking pace and will keep the reader intrigued to the end.
Metcalf’s spycraft reads as genuine, and he manages to make a story told decades earlier seem fresh and relevant in his storytelling. Readers will evoke elements of a Vince Flynn or Lee Child book in this novel, but in The Perfect Candidate I see a new voice in this genre making his case to stand aside the established authors. I’m looking forward to reading the next edition of the trilogy, The Perfect Weapon.