Rick Putnam is a shell-shocked veteran doing the best he can. His photographic memory won’t let him forget a single moment of the terrible events he ..Show More »suffered in Vietnam. His only relief is the time spent on his motorcycle at top speeds negotiating the busy streets of Washington, DC as a news station courier.
It is the height of the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s and everyone is hyper sensitive to conspiracy. Rick delivers a certain roll of film back to his news station, its disappearance and the death of the reporters raises more than a small warning. Now the same men are after him and he must find out why or become collateral damage in a much bigger cover-up.
The action continues almost non-stop through this 1970s thriller. Jack is an ordinary young man thrown into an impossible situation. He is pretty lucky, even though he doesn’t see it that way. The listener can empathize with his flaws and skills. He practically lives on his motorcycle, so when the bad guys try to run him down, the action is at its most intense.
There are several interesting characters in the story and they sound believable enough. The bad guys are two dimensionally evil, they just “do their job.” But Jack is really the focus of the story and we are deep inside his head; nightmares, doubts and even delusions. The little stability he has in his life crumbles around him quickly and we share his paranoia and anguish as the story unfolds.
The novel is performed by Bill Powers. His deep voice is a pleasure to listen to and his characters are clearly discernible. There isn’t a lot of variety in his portrayals, but it is never an issue. He’s got a great voice and does an excellent performance.
Courier Freelancer is a spy thriller with an ordinary man as the hero. We can relate to the military skills forced upon him from Vietnam and his post-traumatic stress disorder because of it. There is an interesting conspiracy twist in the Nixon investigation that seems highly probable. Overall, a highly entertaining espionage thriller full of action and intrigue. Recommended.
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