I enjoyed this book because it has the feel of a summer action blockbuster. It had a great mix of action and humor, twists and turns that I never saw coming, and excellent pacing. Don Bingle has an excellent grasp of the cinematic style, and manages to bring it out in his prose. I kept catching myself humming action music as I was listening, expecting the action soundtrack to kick in at any moment. Anyone who enjoys a good car chase, espionage action, and thrillers will love this book.
I really liked Dick, the main character. The author does a really nice job of making him extremely good at what he does, without having the character come across as super-human. You cringe whenever he runs into trouble, but then cheer when he finds a way out. Throw in a background for the character that goes beyond the usual "no attachments" (or ignored attachments like some authors do) you see in most spy stories, and it makes for a very interesting character.
Pilkenton really managed to capture each and every character. You never needed the author to say "Luke said" to figure out who was speaking. He really helped to bring the characters to life and added a whole other dimension to the characters.
As my favorite character, Dick is extremely memorable, but the supporting cast each had such distinct and interesting personalities that I'm eager to see more about them in the future.
The thing I love is the creation of a world that I just can't wait to get more of. The Subsidiary is a fantastic idea, and feels fresh even though the "secret spy agency" is something we've seen a lot of in film and literature. The author does a great job of putting a new twist. Most importantly, he keeps the idea of spies and espionage relevant in a post cold-war world.
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