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The author did such a good job describing the environments I felt like I was there. An Upward Draft could be read as the second or even as a stand alone book. Must read!
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book is how the author has the very flawed protagonist, Richard, live through real world issues that might plague all of us, while keeping a fast pace through international intrigue. The author also uses his real life knowledge of France to set a very believable and scenic stage for the second half of the book.
I highly recommend this book.
This book is the sequel to the authors previous book, A Feeble Drift, however it can also be read as a standalone book.
Richard, an American accountant, is lost and broke in Argentina. He's robbed by a young woman leaving his diary behind. Members of a secret operative group read his diary and kidnap him. He is given the opportunity to join their group but must go through training first. Richard spends a year with Madame where he learns a great deal about himself. After the year is up, he's sent to France to be contacted by the group as needed.
The setting takes place mainly on a vineyard in Argentina, then on a vineyard in France. The descriptions are well done.
The characters are excellent. The relationship between Richard and Madame is very endearing. I would love to meet a woman like her.
What keeps the story moving is the suspense. The reader learns about the organization in bits and pieces.
It is an excellent story. It reminds me of the Bourne identity.
I'm going to go back and read the first one now.
What sets this book apart for me is the author's character development. Unlike many protagonists, Richard is a terribly flawed character--just like any one of us. Yet, his unabated will to survive makes him honorable. His self-aware humor makes him exceptionally personable. I do have one criticism: Richard left his wife and children years ago, and yet he rarely thinks of them. Perhaps this is intended by the author, though, as it's part of Richard's innate selfishness.
What's even more unique about "Draft" is that the author finds intriguing ways to confront the reader with modern and timeless dilemmas alike. Real-world decisions are rarely made in black and white--rather, they're made along that dubious gray spectrum we often try to avoid. Is it ever "OK" to kill another human being? Is it ever "admirable" to kidnap someone for their own sake? Is it ever the "right thing" to commit blackmail? Is there an appropriate time to threaten the life of someone's elderly mother for a perceived "greater good"? Richard and his colleagues are forced into scenarios I hope I never encounter--and yet, I'm glad I was challenged to answer the question on several occasions, "What would I do?" My mettle was tested by this novel--albeit from the comfort of my recliner, not the back of a stolen blood-drive van headed for the Romanian border.
If you're looking for adventure and suspense with unpredictable--and I do mean unpredictable--twists and turns, from page one to 280, I highly recommend this book.
**Update: I just found out that there will indeed be a third book! Looking forward to it.
It is an adventure story, infused with some introspection about life and questions of morality, current economic woes associated with globalization, and social strife, which Richard becomes involved in redressing.
It is a very well written book and a fun read which, nevertheless, has important social messages.
I highly recommend it!!