Ballantine, 2009 (2009)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
is a study in relationships, trust, deceit, murder, and the skullduggery that a government feels it must employ to protect its country.
lex is a seemingly straight-laced high-tech patent attorney, wary although respectful of the government. His brother Ben is a
Military Liaison Element
. Ben's job requires him to find and fixe Global War on Terror targets –
means that they go away and are not seen again. When Alex's life is threatened - and two others working on a patent for an invention that would secure computers from hackers are murdered - Alex implores his brother to help him. Long standing bad blood between the siblings slows Ben down in making his decision in Alex's favor.
hen Ben does arrive at Alex's side, he is put off by Alex's workmate, Sarah Hosseini of Iranian descent. Can she be trusted? Can anyone? If he helps his brother, will his own life be on the line also?
is Eisler's first stand alone thriller (
, the first of his series featuring John Rain will be released as a major motion picture starring Gary Oldman.) Calling
a thriller is a bit of a misnomer. It's a thriller, all right, but so much more. Eisler spent three years in a covert position with the CIA, where he was trained in the use of all kinds of firearms and in undercover work. Eisler brings reality to his novel based on his own experiences and uses his observation skills to effectively bring the reader into each scene.
is a very good read from a skilled writer.
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