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A State of Despair: A Psychological Thriller (The Columbus Archives Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08L3BWPFY
- Publication date : December 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 5106 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 303 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #294,751 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story starts simply enough. Undercover agent Jordan Greer is struggling with the realities of being undercover as he tries to track down a drug ring that is pushing a deadly new drug. We follow along as he has a hard time of it both physically and mentally. This could easily be a blueprint for how not to deal with substance abuse.
1/4th of the way through the book it looks like everything is nicely wrapped up. Another successful investigation, with the bad guys on their way to jail, close the file, another case solved. That's when it takes a hard turn, the metaphorical excrement hits the fan, and the real story is revealed.
The story does several flash-forwards through the interview process, just like the tv show NCIS, which does a wonderful job of creating intrigue and tension. It also weaves in some callbacks to the previous book that readers of 'The Consequence of Loyalty' will enjoy. Seeing both Callaway and Martin in more active roles this time around was a real treat.
Mr. Stone does a great job of balancing between a hardcore cop story and a story about how far you would go for your friends.
Calling A State of Despair a pageturner would be an understatement. I was hooked on this book from moment one and found it very difficult to put down.
In the end did Mr. Stone succeed in fooling me a second time? Yes and no. I had my suspicions, but he still managed to throw a curveball into the story which had me doubting my choice of who the 'bad guy' was.
This was a well-written book with an intriguing story that gripped me from moment one and didn't let go until the end. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes crime books, cop stories, mysteries, or just a great pageturner.
I really enjoyed this book! The characters are so well-written, I loved getting to know more about them and their lives. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.
I appreciated the inclusion of a content warning page. Many books do not include them, but Mr. Stone chose to do so.
I wrote in my review of the first story 'The Consequence of Loyalty' that it was like reading the book version of an NCIS episode in the sense that it had the same atmosphere. However, I'm now convinced that NCIS, a favorite show of mine, couldn't hold up to this series.
The story is mostly written as a flashback where Agent Greer is having to explain his actions to the FBI board. During the interview, we get a good recap of the last events of the first book in addition to new details on those events, what happened between books, and into the present. However, it doesn't feel like a flashback or one of those recaps of a part 2 episode that we all skip past- it remained enthralling. As you know, this kind of format typically allows the viewer to put together certain information that would not have been known had it not been told from the present/future; such as x character is alive now so whatever suspense happens, we know they make it. But in 'State of Despair,' the author succeeds in keeping the telling candid while never revealing even the smallest detail that would ruin the mystery created in those flashbacks.
If you read the first book, you'll know that Greer, albeit reckless, is highly intelligent, capable, and has amazing deductive skills. So while reading this book and his conviction of his theories, I kept telling myself 'he's right; he has to be right' while at the same time completely doubting that he is. By the time everything was revealed, I was still surprised by the outcome as I was shocked at the extent of what he did in order to achieve his goals. This aspect alone kept me on edge. Add to it said shocking actions and it's a wonder I didn't have an anxiety attack or something.
Final note is that drama, action, and suspense remained until the very last page. Trey Stone did an excellent job at crafting a style that not only has no dull moments, but keeps the reader in question of all characters and events to the end. Not sure if there will be a follow-up (I don't see the need for it), but either way, will be looking forward to future work from the author.
Top reviews from other countries
I love the dynamics between Callaway, Martin, Norman and Greer a tight team. Their spirit is tested in this book. Greer maybe grumpy and not like rules but his team know to listen to what he's saying.
The plot was interesting from start to end and I read it in one sitting.
I can't wait to see if there will be a book three.