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- Publisher: HQT Publications (September 22, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 22, 2017
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- Language: English
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Michael Reid Jr’s Sins of the Father
So, what happens when you realize you like the villain almost as much as the hero? You do the following:
◦ Take another sip of coffee.
◦ Reread the pivotal moment in the first book when you first realized that the feeling in your gut? Was empathy.
◦ Scratch a quick note to yourself to ask the author about his uncanny ability to give a very human, relatable, and likable voice to his villain.
◦ Internally debate with yourself whether understanding the motivations behind the villainy is bad.
◦ Decide that Logan and Amir are really two sides of the same coin, which makes for a dynamic partnership and a great story lead into book number 2: Sins of the Father
Sins of the Father continues the adventures of Logan Falcone and his counter terrorism team- this time taking Logan into the mountains of Yemen after the epic failure of a US based mission that results in the loss of one of his teammates and best friend, and a failed aerial assault on a terrorist compound. By fate or human design, he crosses paths again with an old enemy, Amir Patel, and a world weary CIA operative known as “Candyman.”
Yemen serves as an underlying back drop as the US and it’s counterparts are hit with a network of terrorism attacks, as internal civil arrest plague their respective countries. It’s here that Mike lays down the track for interwoven storylines, and you realize how complex and viscerally simple human behavior is. You also realize how ugly the network of war is- the machinations of man and money widespread and darkly seeped into daily life, and very easily vaporized with the pull of trigger and the push of a button.
What I loved about this book:
His use of the themes: loss, revenge, and redemption are saturated in his main and pivotal characters. Motivating each and every action...what I thought was unique about this book was the ending realization that all the main and pivotal characters: Logan, Amir, Candyman, Rami, and Karim were driven by the same themes. The only difference being the eventual decision of what’s morally right or wrong, and the impact the choice had on lives.
Logan and Amir suffer momentous losses in their lives. Life altering heart aches that put them on a crash course with one other. One man chooses a lighter path; the other darker, in hopes of finding revenge and eventual redemption. Logan is darker this time around. The consequences of the ugly business of war and inner guilt. Amir is...for lack of a better word...evolved full circle in his villainy. Note: One of the best and most conflicting chapters for me was the rescue and indoctrination of Amir into the Yemen terror network. It was despicable. It verged on “Stockholm Syndrome-ish”, and it was completely human.
So, you have two men in search of higher meaning to their existence...each of them having had a major role in the war on terror in Mike’s world. I won’t divulge spoilers, but I will say when the dust settled and they made “peace” with old demons, I rooted for their redemption, and a partnership built on blood and circumstance.
The set up of the Yemen terror network and its villains- one word.
Terrorism isn’t a lone wolf situation, contrary to what some people believe. Mike paints an elaborate global network of money, training, and sleeper cells, deception, and emotional blackmail for its willing participants and victims. When all hell breaks loose, you find yourself visibly moved by the events that so closely mirror our global life today. Like the unmasking of Rami...was a true “what the hell” moment for me, one I didn’t see coming.
And for the military buffs, the actions scenes are well written and carefully researched.
All in all, I loved the book. A true 5 star read. Well written and beautifully wrapped up in an engaging and very fast paced storyline. It was nice to reconnect with the characters again. I was impressed by their growth and evolution, thanks to Mike’s seriously honed writing since his first book release.
I am looking forward to the sequel-one that explains the origins of the mysterious “Candyman” and tells what happens with the nefarious Karim.
I gave Debt of Fear a 3-star rating because I just didn’t feel that the story was believable; however, I still enjoyed the story, I liked that there was an attempt to show the emotional strain that Logan had to deal with. I stated in that review that I thought that the author had a great deal of potential and, I am happy to say, that this potential is realized in The Sins of the Father.
The Sins of the Father is a gritty, complex story on the war on terror and the physical and emotional trauma that each character must deal with in this fight. There are no invincible super heroes in this story. Good guys sometimes fail or even die. Sometimes the bad guys win or survive.
The terrorists have their own emotional trauma that has shaped their lives, caused them to go down the path of a villain and aides in understanding what motivates them to become a terrorist.
Like in real life, the good guys in the Sins of the Father sometimes make bad decisions or do bad things, sometimes to the point of becoming a bad person. Sometimes bad guys do good things. That doesn’t negate the bad they have already done but does humanize them and make you feel some empathy for them. You wonder if they had made a different decision in the past and had risen above their emotional baggage if they would have continued to be a good person or if it was inevitable that it would have just delayed the inevitable. It also makes you admire even more the ones who were able to overcome their fears, and their physical and emotional pain in order to protect their fellow soldiers, friends, family and country.
Logan, and all of the characters in the Sins of the Father, are emotionally impacted by the horror that they and their loved ones have faced. They all have suffered the loss of loved ones, many have made decisions that turned out bad or had unintended consequences, many blame themselves for events that they were not responsible for, and must deal with the weight of the pain and suffering that they have caused to others even if it was for what they believed was a righteous cause.
The story moves quickly with a great deal of action that never lets up. Numerous twists and turns keep the reader engaged and unsure how each event will turn out. Both the reader and the character experience individual events and become aware of information that seem unconnected but, begin to come together to paint a picture of a possible epic terroristic plot that could fundamentally change America.
Can Logan and his team discover and put together all of the pieces needed to learn about the true plot that has been set in motion? Can they overcome their emotional and physical trauma to do what they must do to discover the truth and to stop the plot before it is too late? Read the book, you won’t be disappointed.
While there are many books that have an “Rambo” type hero who singlehandedly must stop a terrorist plot, few have complex characters that feel pain, that deal with fear, guilt and doubt. Few make you understand that people are not pure good or pure evil and are often motivated by things that happen to them in the past that they had no control over.
If you are looking for a fast-paced, thriller with fully developed, complex characters, I highly recommend that you read the Sins of the Father.
Page by page this book somehow manages to up the risk and the action with every chapter. From like chapter 15-34, I was binge reading--getting to the last page of each Chapter and having to continue on to the next to see what was going to happen.
We open with a very intense scene-and then dive right into Logan Falcone and his "band of brothers".
The character development, dialog and intricacy of plot were so well executed! I thinks it's safe to say that there is a clear growth spurt in writing skill from Debt of Fear to this book--not that Debt was in any way bad but that Sins of the Father upped the ante on every level.
I don't *ever* do much plot summary but I will say that this plot reminded me very much of the heart pounding action you would get from Tom Clancy's Patriot Games. Where you, the reader, are whisked into the frenetic energy that comes with war games--fighting terrorists--from the top down (presidents and senators--to Falcone's cell group--to the actual terrorists)
In the genre of Military Thriller, it doesn't get any better than this, never boring, never confusing, never a dull moment. This story keeps you turning the pages. And again, I'm impressed with the research that must have been done on behalf of the author in order to generate such a believable narrative. It felt real.
If you're going to buy any of Mike Reid's books, the Logan Falcone series is where its at!