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In the book, a cyber-hacking group actually achieves this very objective and causes all kinds of trouble, but the trio of heroes (Frederic, Lars, and Sam) plus the FBI, other US officials, and some international players deal with this threat and the widespread damage that it causes. I absolutely loved the ride and a chance to slip away into a whole another world.
There are plenty twists and turns (I actually yelled out “They killed Ivan!” out loud), but they aren’t far-fetched like a bad soap opera plot. The author in this book also displays an expert mastery of detail, providing just the right amount in all areas. I know that the Srespska (aka bad guys) are some really bad guys that I don’t want to mess with, but I don’t know everything about them. In that respect, the book is kind of like the Jason Bourne novels, in that more and more layers of the villain get exposed. You get a sense that the villain is always bigger and more sinister than they appear to be in the chapter before.
This was my first financial espionage book and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out.
The mere thought that one country in Kenya was just the starting point to even better-developed countries, like Germany, United States, or even China, can easily become the next target. In this book, when something occurs that leaves everyone as a possible victim of a technology hack, countries gather their best operatives to work together to save the world. This is where we meet Fredric Ulrich, a German Intelligence Agent, traveling from his native soil to the United States in hopes to offer assistance. Fredric gets in touch with a few other operatives such as, Sam Davis, a Special FBI Agent of Washington, and Lars Christopherson, an Independent Contractor from Los Angeles, to join forces and devise a plan for the sake of the world. Not everyone can be trusted at this point, as it’s believed that Srepska, the sophisticated international crime ring, may have infiltrated all agencies, and the only way to catch them and its leader is to handle things on their own.
I’ve really enjoyed reading this thriller mixed with a financial crisis, as this is the first of possibly many that I would get the opportunity to enjoy. This book was written well, including thorough details on the characters’ body language, reading their thoughts, and everything else. What I liked throughout reading this book was the respect of finding and capturing the criminals that everyone received to restore the financial system. There’s still hope for governmental agencies all over the world yet, as I’m sure there have been many times they had to collaborate with each other for the greater good. I recommend this book to anyone that would enjoy not only reading but following along agents in the field, analyzing what they discover, and solving the mysterious questions by finding the criminal ringleader and his subordinates.
Lucas Sterling takes the reader on a journey of intense suspense packed with action. The book is well written with seamless movement between scenes. Lucas Sterling describes landmarks and city streets in so much detail that the reader might as well be hearing the blaring horns and inhaling polluted air. The action scenes are portrayed by the frame to create an accurate picture of the image the author had in mind. The author introduces the story mildly but gradually increases intensity. The reader is hooked by the sheer mystery of the occurrences. Lucas does a great job of introducing political agendas in the criminal activity, this works to make the story seem more like reality to the reader.
In the first chapter, when the reader is still in Nairobi, Kenya, the story is a little confusing. It seems as though the author wobbled through the first chapter, unsure of where the story should go next. The first chapter also has a few instances of grammatical errors. The subsequent impeccable narration of events however, clears the slate and the reader can sit back and enjoy the thrill of the ride. With only 257 pages, the book feels a little too short. The reader still hungers for more in depth details about every single occurrence. A little background could not hurt either. Although, not every one cares to know the characters personally so this is not really much of a problem.
This book gets 5 out of 5 for its brilliance and effortless flow. It misses the 0.5 because Julius in the first chapter paid the street vendor with a dollar bill, which is not the Kenyan currency. The author may have used the dollar for more relativity but it may leave some readers disturbed and a little lost. The reader will enjoy the plot, action scenes and suspense.