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While the concept is good, the author either lacks experience of fieldcraft or research and this shows in elementary mistakes the hero makes in his interactions with other characters.
The plot has huge holes in the narrative and events do not follow as a logical extension of previous occurrences.
Possibly the series may improve but the author will have to spend a lot of time researching how a "black ops" operator would be trained and how he would actually interact with the world around him.
As an example, ha sling Albert's weapon is not necessary and Lea inf fingerprints and possible DNA is a no no.
One the police attended the robbery, a mention by Albert that the shooter had handled his firearm opened up the chances of detection and then the fingerprints making it into a database. It would all go downhill from there.
It was interesting right from the start. Very quickly, you get into some action. And just as quickly, it gets into the main plot of the book. Vigilantes with some extensive expertise helping those in need. It's a great spot on which to spark a series. And, it's kind of cool that it's believable. It's in the present day, in a big, real city. Unlike Batman or some other vigilante hero story, these events, seemingly, could occur and the author uses real life information to enhance the story.
It was also clever to make Jones's motivation that of wanting to protect those whom the NSA overlooked while in search of national security threats. It offered a very believable and relatable train of thought which helps you root for the good guys even more and whether you agree with Jones or Recker on exactly what amount of force is necessary for them to carry out their rescue missions.
The only thing that was kind of a disappointment was that you learn what Recker's overall goal is after the whole event in London. So, you keep expecting there to be more going on with that storyline. However, this is the first book in the series, so I would expect that since this book did not conclude with Recker finding Agent 17, the series as a whole would probably lead towards that as the ultimate end. It's a very effective and compelling way to begin a series, and it makes you want to continue on because there is at least that one loose end you would like to see tied up.
The writing is great overall. The author really knows what he's talking about, especially in regards to the weaponry and Philadelphia. It makes the story very believable and easy to follow along with. The writing is also very natural and, actually, quite funny at times. Recker's character has a pretty good sense of humor. It's especially entertaining when he goes back and forth with Mia. (That's anotheer loose end that would keep you reading further into the series.)
This a great read if you enjoy the genre. Reminded me quite a bit of The Punisher. It was entertaining and compelling.
This was a great beginning to this series. I liked knowing what happened to Mike in real time, and not having to rely on memories. It was evident that everything is not over from his past and I can see that storyline going in several different ways. It was an interesting plot, with me imagining this as a television detective/crime fighter show. I look forward to reading more stories with Mike and Mr. Jones, and all the friends/associates that they made here in the beginning. To me, these characters truly came to life.
New territory for him emotionally since he now must rely on others; instead of making a hit & leaving the country, he is operating in his own back yard. There is a tense humor as he negotiates the need for favors from people he would normally avoid, and the dilemma of a new code of ethics. And, of course, his boss is a computer genius who doesn't understand the need to use violence to stop violent people, so their alliance is humorous, testy and sometimes explosive. Not a heartwarming book (thank goodness) but dangerously funny and surprising with an overall sense of unrest as Mike navigates the underside of Philly, and the reality that he is another assassin's next target.