How to open this review? Hmmmm, I think I will go with….this is a great depiction of political manipulation!
I don’t want to give any spoilers in this review but not everything is what it seems in this story. There is plenty of smoke and mirrors that comes straight from the top of the political food chain. Involving one unwitting White House Intelligence Analyst, a marine specialist, several OCD scientists and a special ops team sent out to assassinate whoever gets in the way. So, what could go wrong? Oh, just about everything in Rachel Sexton’s world except for meeting Michael Tolland. Together they struggle just to stay alive and work to alert the President of a huge deception before it’s too late.
Generally speaking I really enjoyed this book. Are there some flaws when it comes to some technical information? Yes, some but don’t get hung up on it. I did find it a bit long-winded overall with perhaps a bit too much filler in some places and not enough explanation in others but generally speaking, I liked the premise of the story and I liked that Rachel and Michael meet and have definite chemistry with something beginning to develop but it’s not a “romance.”
There are naturally some characters in this book I found myself silently willing to take a long walk into the ice-cold ocean…and for the most part they did as they were pursued by assassins. Speaking of assassins I will admit that the constant danger they kept finding themselves in did wear a bit thin after a time and there were a few elements (such as a glowing substance around a dead body) that needed a bit more explanation but the story itself did keep my attention and it did keep me reading to see what happened next.
Once again as I mentioned in another review for Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) I found a bit too much awkward dialogue where Rachel would parrot back something said to her. I am glad to see that Brown doesn’t do as much of this in his Robert Langdon series because it’s something I have found really detracts from the flow of the story.
I give this one a 4 star as well. Part of me wants to give it a 3.5 but in thinking about it I did enjoy it. Yes it had some issues but I did like it and to me that’s worth that extra half a star.