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Sleeping Dogs: The Awakening Paperback – June 16, 2012
Tremendous first effort. It is hard to believe that Falbey is not a veteran of the literary business. Unlike many writers of Thriller genre, Falbey develops six distinct and unique characters and personalities that despite their diversity work together on the execution of a not to implausible situation.
What an exciting, thrilling ride it will be. Falbey develops his characters with care, has them interact realistically, and builds suspense from the get-go. While the book reads well throughout, the last several chapters kept me up long after my flight had landed.
John's book made me feel like I stepped into a CSI episode with Tom Clancy as the director.
- Andrea Kurian, Orangeberry Book Tours
From the Author
This book and the two that will follow it in the Sleeping Dogs trilogy present a frightening, but plausible scenario. The Soviet Union spent decades and enormous capital trying to subvert and destroy America's social structure and cultural values. The USSR is gone, but has another interest with similar goals succeeded to the assets it implanted? Is the current political turmoil and systemic upheaval a result of such continuing efforts? Sleeping Dogs explores this frightening possibility with relentless action and thought provoking plot twists.
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This book was just fun. That is, I liked it but considered it wholly implausible and unrealistic.
I don't re tell story lines in my reviews for the reason that I leave it to the author to tell what the book is about and not reviewers who feel compelled to tell us what the author "really" meant when he wrote the book.
All I can say is the book had a plot. It had a cast of characters, who were interesting, particularly the protagonists (not so much the antagonists). And, the read kept my interest from beginning to end. In a word, this book appealed to my sense of whimsy, but otherwise did not educate me in any way as perhaps intended. In other words, this book was largely pulp fiction and not one I could take seriously. But, and again, I liked it.
This is the philosophy of the secret group of reactionaries that have infiltrated the US the military and government agencies including the FBI, CIA and Defense Department. Great premise taken out of today’s headlines.
Their secret weapon is a group of genetically superior, specially trained, invincible commandos. If you can get past this then the rest is slightly more believable
The commandos are retired but rounded up for action. They are unbelievably asocial and impossible to control. Apparently their superior genetics didn't include the brain.
If you like descriptions of how the secret private elite black ops unit repeatedly goes into a bar and end up bashing people’s brains out and killing a few in the process for no apparent reason, then this book is for you. Never mind that the smart thing to do is keeping a low profile if you do not want to have the FBI and every other law enforcement agency in the nation looking for you.
This leads to a reasonably good spy novel even if some actions are more plausible than others. Some descriptions try too hard to set the scene and are a bit long. Fight scenes are pictured in slow motion with great detail. Weapon models are exhaustively explained. I found myself skimming ahead here and there, to where something finally started to happen.
I gave this novel 3 stars for a good story even if the writing could have been tighter. More detail is not necessarily better.
If you like spy novels then you should try “The Detachment” (John Rain Thrillers) by Barry Eisler. Different but with a similar premise. The right wing group tries to take over the government by similar methods i.e. infiltrating the US the military and government agencies including the FBI, CIA and Defense Department. In this case old retired assassins are rounded up to wreck much more believable havoc and save the day.
I will say that the action and adventure are fun if you can get beyond the political theme of the novel.
The novel pits a right-wing Society of Adam Smith with adherents throughout the U.S. government and military establishments against the Federal administration that is left-wing, supported by the usual factions and a Soros-like billionaire, one who in the novel is controlled by Russian intelligence operatives.
Rather than “let sleeping dogs lie,” the founders of the original special operations unit bring them out of retirement to thwart the assassination of the leftist President which is designed to install an even more radical successor by pinning the murder on conservatives. Along the way, we get politics, romance, exciting brawls, and small-unit military action. The author knows his stuff.
Unlike Superman, our heroes are not immortal, but like the Man of Steel, they seem invincible, until they are faced with someone like themselves.
The novel ends satisfyingly, yet leaves open the possibility of sequels.
Liberals will not like this novel. Conservatives and apolitical action-fans will relish it, as I did.