- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Atria Books (August 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476766983
- ISBN-13: 978-1476766980
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,358,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Point of Balance: A Thriller Hardcover – August 11, 2015
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History, secrets, conspiracies, action, adventure, this is my kind of story. The Moses Expedition is fraught with intrigue and plot twists galore. Juan Gomez-Jurado is a writer who knows how to deliver exactly what readers want. He's in the top echelon of the world's thriller writers and well worth a look. Settle back and savor this perfect piece of entertainment." (Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Vendetta)
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About the Author
Juan Gómez-Jurado is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author. The Moses Expedition and his prize-winning novels God’s Spy and The Traitor’s Emblem have been published in more than forty countries and have become international bestsellers. Gómez-Jurado lives with his family in Madrid, Spain.
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Top customer reviews
David led a hard working life. He had his adorable daughter and his job. That is, until a vicious psychopath breaks out of jail and kidnaps David's daughter. He'll allow her to live only if David let's his new VIP patient die at the operating table.
J.G. Jurado brings the thrills, chills, and on-the-edge of your seat madness. I could not put this book down and am definitely re-reading it. Check it out!
David's wife had recently died and he was raising his daughter Julia with the help of the nanny. He decides to turn to his sister-in-law for help. His sister-in-law is a Secret Service agent, charged with protecting the president and it was through her that David's name came up to do the surgery on the president. David needs to figure out how to meet up with is sister-in-law as Mr. White sees everything he does. Also,
he has to convince her to help him without alerting the kidnappers to what she is doing.
I tried really hard to get into this book but found myself taking a long time to finish. It was too convenient that David's sister-in-law was a Secret Service agent. Also, David narrates most of the book and the reader knows that he sits in prison in a death row setting so the reader knows that no matter what happens there will be something that will go wrong. I give this book three stars.
Evans is a rather bland protagonist. Although he tells us the usual stories about the god delusion that plagues surgeons, Evans doesn't suffer from delusions or anything else that would give him a personality.
The bad guy, who calls himself Mr. White, is sort of a sociopathic megalomaniac, which makes him more interesting than Evans. White's study of psychology has turned manipulation of others into a scientific art. I liked that, but White's expertise as a computer hacker is trite and silly. White turns out to be working for the real bad guy, whose identity is only partially revealed. That's disappointing, as is the failure to explain the unidentified bad guy's motivation for wanting the crime to be committed.
The sister of Evans' dead wife (who once considered herself a rival for Evan's affections) is rather conveniently in a law enforcement position that puts her close to the action. J.G. Jurado tries to give the story more depth by giving the dead wife's sister unresolved feelings for Evans. The resulting interaction comes across as a melodramatic soap opera. The sister is ridiculously self-pitying when she isn't being ridiculously judgmental. Jurado's attempts to humanize Evans with saccharine memories of his wife are a little nauseating.
The plot, at least in broad terms, is a familiar one. That doesn't make the story bad, but it does call upon the writer to give it a fresh twist and to avoid following a predictable path. Jurado's efforts are moderately successful, but the story fails to realize its potential.
The plot is farfetched but that's normal enough for conspiracy thrillers. This one is marred by White's decision to give Evans an extra challenge midway through the novel that makes no sense whatsoever. It is the kind of plot complication that exists only to add more action to the story. If some rational explanation existed for the added action I would be fine with it, but this situation was so contrived that I could only shake my head.
Later in the novel, White engages in an unnecessarily risky act of violence that I could not begin to believe. White seems determined to do everything he can to screw up his assignment. A scene that has Evans in one of D.C.'s bad neighborhoods is the kind of thing that is imagined by writers who have never been in a bad neighborhood.
Medical thrillers depend upon interesting medical trivia to engage the reader's interest. I liked the "inside baseball" of neurosurgery and hospital administration. I wish there had been more of that. I also liked the zippy speed at which the story moves. The story holds a couple of mild surprises and some excitement near the end, but they do not quite overcome the novel's faults. The ending tries to be clever but it doesn't quite make sense. Since I didn't enjoy the characters and had trouble swallowing large chunks of the plot, I cannot give Point of Balance more than 3 stars.