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The terse, almost shorthand prose gives the sense of tension and suspense. The dialog is constructed of equally terse sentences and loaded with idiomatic expressions that provide the shortcut to the speaker's emotional state at the time. It seems the author decided to bring the dialog as close as possible to how people would talk in the real life to better emphasize the realities of the inner workings of the characters. Among those characters, voices of Pat and, surprisingly, Rich, tend to stand out even though they are not really likable while that of Samer and Danny come through as less impressive but more sympathetic.
The story structure is complex with many sub-plots emerging and intertwining later on as events unfold. This is a staple mark of a modern political & spy thriller, in the best traditions of Tom Clancy. The first part of the novel prepares the settings and does an exposition on the characters. This is a time-honored formula so, for an experienced thriller fan, this is a given. For a casual reader, I'd wish there was a little more in terms of hints spread out through the first part of the book as to things to come. However, do not despair - that sense of tension I've mentioned earlier will make you turn the pages to find what happens to the characters and to see the events unfolding. And right before the second part of the novel begins, the action picks up considerably.
The use of abbreviations, foreign words, and specialized names and slang does give the tale the air of authenticity.Read more ›
The dialogue made the story come to life and seem more realistic, which is great. It's not always possible for an author to succeed at making a story about the CIA and 9/11 sound realistic, but this one manages it beautifully.
This was a very fun book to read. The plot itself is fascinating from page one and the sheer quality of detail for cultural and current events detail is impressive. The first part of the book sets up the circumstances and main characters of a variety of cultures, and I really enjoyed the fact that nobody in this book is perfect. As the tension was building, I found myself getting to know and understand these people more and more, simply because of what they were trying to do. After 9/11 occurs about a third of the way into the book, characters begin to coalesce as their effort to quell international terrorism ramps up. We find counter-intelligence; we watch the DEA getting entwined with the CIA, the NSA, the ISA and dignitaries; we overhear planning and scheming about smoking out evildoers and even `planting evildoers'; we know people's secrets; we are witness to gunfire, artillery, ambush and enemies; we watch Russians, Americans, Israelis, Chechens and others including a Chinese Muslim, a very tall African, a German; we observe a dangerous infiltration into Afghanistan and we visit New York, Pakistan and Dubai as well... and much, much more.
From page one, and throughout the rest of the book, I had a persistent feeling of anticipation that something important was always about to happen because the author's unique and exciting writing style made every scene seem important. Also, every character was surprising.Read more ›
This author has either spent time in the Middle East or has done extensive research into the 'War on Terror' topic as the plot hinges on a type of criminal scheming that only an insider understands well enough to explain.
What I liked the most about Trade was the intriguing plot, the setting descriptions and the character details. What I liked least was the fact that there was not a protagonist in this book that I ever really felt like cheering for.
I admit that I am a bit of a Pollyanna. I kept hoping that the author would throw us some likable church lady but it never happens. The author does not gloss over his theme and for some, that will be what makes this novel better than most.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Trade is something special. From the moment you open this book you are thrust into the world it encapsulates:a dark world of intrigue, action, terrorism, spies, and manipulation. Read morePublished on July 29, 2013 by J Corcoran
Great book, the writing is flawless and the characters are excellent and really dynamic. A lot of time and effort has definitely gone into making this book the best it can possibly... Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Lucidity
After reading this book I wondered about the author and how much an insider he was or is to what he wrote in this novel. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Stacey
This books is an all around great read that will hook you from the first page and will not let you go until days after finishing it. Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by J. Hollister
This story was a pleasant surprise in my sea of my recently purchased Kindle novels. I didn't have high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised, and with this book, I came... Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by Robert E. Williger
This book must have been written and/or edited by a person whose primary language is other than English. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by Amazon Customer
The Author clearly knows his stuff and did his homework. He draws you in a mind blowing story centered around post 9-11, intelligence, terrorism, soldiers, ect... Read morePublished on February 29, 2012 by ACarmicheal
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