Ex-CIA agent Kurt Vetter and enigmatic foreign agent Amanda Carter race across Europe in a quest to unearth the truth behind the murder of Kurt's brother. Trying desperately to stay ahead of a government that has forsaken them, they discover a conspiracy that threatens the very foundation of world stability. The clock is ticking and Kurt and Amanda must find a way to halt the plot before millions die.
....... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): Mike Vetter hated this kind of weather.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 97): At a hair over five-feet tall and a hundred and twenty pounds soaking wet, Gasanov looked more like an over-excited schoolboy than a battle-hardened Chechen rebel.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: Yes, one for the shelves.
A blog site win I received a (paperback)copy of this along with a disc copy of the second instalment, PRESSED.
Only a short book of around 250 or so pages, I wondered just how much action could be packed in to such a small volume, just how well the characters could be developed.
Covering 4 countries (America, England, France and Russia) the action was certainly all go. Full of various different government agencies, intelligence and counterintelligence, the author certainly managed to pack a lot in.
Quite scary in places, just how much information can be had at the touch of a button was terrifying and yet totally believable which is more than can be said of the chapters dealing with England which I personally felt could have benefited from more research.
As for characters? Hmm, I have mixed thoughts on these.
Right from the very beginning I felt a connection with male lead, Kurt, a real action hero who, as we quickly discovered, wasn't afraid to show his tender side ....... I bet he was handsome as well. As for female lead, Amanda ...... I'm not so convinced by her and certainly didn't find the connection between the two characters believable though hopefully this will come in time.
Also much to my liking was Nigel, a computer geek who, after an accident, found himself needing the use of a wheelchair. Wonderful to see disabled people playing a part in such novels, I'm only saddened that alas, though I won't go in to details, this is the only time that Nigel will feature in the books.
Short but interesting, all in all The Patriot Paradox was a good read and I'm looking forward to seeing how the series develops.