The Nemesis Manifesto: Evan Ryder #1
Eric Van Lustbader
Forge, 2020 (2020)
Hardcover, CD, e-Book
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
ric Van Lustbader writes wild and woolly international thrillers, often with mystical elements - from his
novels to his
series, and even an unusual fantasy series,
. Now he introduces a new secret agent heroine, Evan Ryder, whose exploits made me think of
van is a field agent who works for a black-ops arm of the U.S. Department of Defense. As the thriller opens, readers meet two Russians (SVR Gorgonov and GRU General Boyko) discussing her - she's been too good at her job. One of them wants to kill her, the other to turn her or use her for disinformation.
oyko runs the cyber-hacking
project, deploying AI bots to feed the Internet with lies, '
fomenting the widening split in the American psyche.
' They target Evan's boss Benjamin Butler as bait to catch her.
he US Secretary of Defense is a Moscow asset and soon the White House is issuing propaganda '
emanated from various branches of the Russian secret service
', while a '
poorly educated slice of the country, easily led and manipulated, eats up what they're selling - the resurgence of white America.
he story moves back and forth between Moscow and Washington politicking and violent action involving Evan and fellow agents - with frequent, serious injuries, none of which slow her down in the least! As expected, she survives to the end, and even reunites in Sumatra with a very old friend, who shares with her a shocking new secret.
he Nemesis Manifesto
is an entertaining read, centered on cyber-hacking by the Russians, something that we know is happening in real life - I hope not nearly as successfully as is depicted here!
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