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This was a pretty good book with a strong plot and an interesting ...
3 January 2016
This was a pretty good book with a strong plot and an interesting lead character. Nathan McBride, the hero of this book, is a damaged veteran, literally scarred by his time as a CIA sniper. Now, working as a security contractor, he becomes involved in a high stakes criminal conspiracy.
The pace of these books is very good, although I found there was some general over-simplification of how things work that went on 'off-screen'. There was also a little telegraphing of how things worked.
While the main character was complex and certainly not one dimensional, I found that he was curiously naive about issues other than those that would involve a CIA operative. The company he co-owns makes him a mulit-millionaire (part of the simplification mentioned before) but he seems to know very little about money and values it even less.
Also, Nathan McBride benefits by the author having all things turn out well for him, at least for the most part. He's amazingly lucky. However, he does suffer a fair bit throughout the book as a counter to this luck so it isn't too onerous.
The worst thing I found about the character though is his almost supernatural fortitude. Over the five days or so of the book, he gets about 6 hours sleep gets beaten, shot twice and suffers a double compound fracture but keeps going and can even tell a joke or two.
On the whole though, this is, as I said, a pretty good book and is a fun, easy read.