origin story

Warning Light by David Ricciardi; 2018; $27.00; 323 pages; Berkley, New York, NY; 978-0-399-58573-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library; North Portland; 4/26/18-4/26/18

Why did I read this?  I read a review of it over at The Real Book Spy  and decided I would give another debut novel from a new author a chance.

The CIA is mounting a recon mission to Iran when they find out that the agent that is supposed to go on the mission has been compromised.  So analyst Zac Miller is tasked to take on the mission.  After he is inserted into Iran he is arrested and interrogated by the Iranian Army he manages to escape and travese the country.  He confronts forces allied against him from several agencies and country, he is also hamstrung by personal vendettas and turf wars within the CIA.  He  is a compelling character which I am looking forward to reading more of his adventures.

10/10

What  is with the title of the review?  Many of the series these drop you into an adventure with an origin story coming several books into the series, but gives us the origin story first.

 

 

 

Those who wish me dead by Michael Koryta

Those who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta; 2014; $26.00; 388 pages; Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY; 978-0-316-12255-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 8/4/17-8/6/17

Why did I read this?  I had a book by Michael Koryta years ago and enjoyed it.  Also there were two recommendations at the top of the front of my copy from two of my favorite authors, Lee Child and Harlan Coben.

A young man finds a dead body in a quarry and then he witnesses another murder.   His parents don’t want to put him in traditional witness protection.  He is sent to Montana and into a program like outward bound in the hope that he won’t be found.  However the psychopathic brothers that have been hired to kill him have some particularly expedient methods of gathering information.  They find him in the wilds of Montana and he and his mentor, and another person they encounter are almost able to evade them for the most part and then the twist happens.

Grade-A, this is one of the most exciting thrillers that I have read in a long time and I will be looking forward to reading even more by Michael Koryta.

 

Trust No One by Paul Cleave

Trust No One by Paul Cleave; 2015; $26.00; 342 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-1-4767-7917-1; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 7/22/17-7/29/17

Why did I read this? A coworker was reading it and knew I read mysteries and asked if I read it.  He wanted to talk about it, so I read it.

Mystery writer Jerry Grey, who writes as Henry Cutter is suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s and Dementia.  He is having trouble separating what happened in his books from real life and some one is taking advantage.  He keeps waking up away from the facility he has been parked in and in rooms with dead bodies and covered in blood.  It is somewhat disturbing trying to figure out what is real and what is not, I hope that I do not succumb to either of the diseases.

Grade-B, I figured out about halfway through the book who was taking advantage of Jerry’s misfortune.  Also I was severely disappointed in the ending of the story.

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben; 2016; $28.00; 390 pages; Dutton, New York, NY; 978-0-525-95509-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 3/29/16-4/1/16

Why did I read this? As I have said before I would read Harlan Cobens grocery list.

Maya Burkett has lost her military career, her sister and her husband.  She lost her career to a whistle blower, her sister and husband to unknown assailants.  A friend gives her a nanny camera and on it she sees her dead husband interacting with their daughter in their living room.  This sets on a chase down a deep rabbit hole where she finds conspiracies surrounding conspiracies with in her husbands family and their business.  Maya finds out that she has been fooled but she won’t let it happen again, no matter what.

Grade A, A thriller full of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming.

Act of Treason by Vince Flynn

Act of Treason by Vince Flynn; 2006$25.95; 415 pages; Atria Books, New York, NY; 978-0-743270373;checked out from Multnomah County Library; Central; 3/16/16-3/18/16

Why did I read this?   I am trying to read through the series before I read the newest in the series.  The newest book is written by one of the authors I really like, Kyle Mills, after Vince Flynn passed away a couple of years ago.

The sitting President has decided not to run for re-election due to the onset of Parkinsons.  During a campaign stop the front runners motorcade is bombed and several people are killed and scores are injured.  A terrorist organization takes credit, the FBI runs their entire investigation ignoring testimony from the lead Secret Service agent.  The CIA sends covert operative Mitch Rapp overseas to investigate and what he finds leads right back to the United States and a corrupt Washingtonian (is that an anti-oxymoron) official.  Mitch is still reeling from the events of the previous books and the CIA is on the defensive because of the incoming administration.

Grade A, an exciting action adventure thriller.