- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 8 hours and 24 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Alan Petersen
- Audible.com Release Date: December 5, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00H40LP1M
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The Asset Audiobook – Unabridged
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The main character Pete Maddox is a CIA operative stationed in Venezuala. As the book progresses he uncovers secrets hidden in the jungle that send this novel spiraling into a non-stop adventure. Torn between what feels right, and what he knows to be right, the reader can't help but sympathize and hope for the best.
This book is elegantly written and if you are into books of this type then you will not be disappointed by The Asset. From the first chapter the reader is quickly sucked into the story. You won't want to put this book down because you will want to know what is going to happen next.
In regards to character development, the author does an outstanding job. There aren't too many characters who are just thrown in with no explanation as to who they are. They are clearly identified and all have a story behind them which gives the book a human touch.
Things start to slow down towards the end a bit, something I wish weren't the case as I like books that tend to end on a cliff hanger and make you imagine what happens later on rather than wind down. The only issue I found with the book was that from time to time it jumped around too abrubtly and for some could cause some confusion. It also appeared some chapters could have been split into two, but these really are just minor things.
All in all, I was extremely impressed and would highly recommend this title to anyone. I definately look forward to any future titles by Mr. Petersen.
Pete Maddox is a special ops vet with a bright CIA career ahead of him. The book opens with an exciting Colombian anti-terrorist operation which Maddox heads up and which goes without a hitch. Next thing, he's named station chief in Venezuela just as Hugo Chavez comes into power. Peterson was raised in Central and South America, and it shows in his knowledge of the geography right down to the highways and back-alley byways of Caracas as well as the integration of Spanish into the narrative and dialogue.
In the course of building his organization in Caracas, Maddox runs across a sexy real estate agent whom he makes responsible for locating and renting houses for embassy personnel as well as safe-houses for various agents. She becomes a useful CIA "asset," and Maddox does the forbidden--falls in love with her. A fine romantic step, but not the best career move.
A plot to overthrow Chavez develops, an operation the CIA can no longer support in the same way it could during the good old Allende days of Chile, but something they'd like to see succeed. Maddox and his colleagues give what support they can and develop a parallel operation to squelch an incipient Libyan training camp to which Chavez has provided clandestine support.
Peterson handles complex details of plot and firearms and explosives smoothly, and the suspense is taut from one end of the story to the other. Except for what I thought was a slightly uneven ending and occasional abrupt POV switches, I think The Asset belongs right up there with the Patterson and Childs works. New one coming out soon. Don't miss it.
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