As a reader of and avid fan of geopolitical thrillers, I found this author's plot imaginative and just plan good. (I liked his motivational blogs as well.) The world we live in is increasingly violent and ugly. This is a timeout from that setting. I simply cannot believe that there is nothing we an do about heinous hatred and violence. The most disturbing thing to me is that changing these acts is not something that can be done by politicians and laws. The change has to originate in each human heart and be a result of a code of morality learned by Judeo-Christian study. As we know that is not something that is valued globally. In fact it is very hard to find anywhere. Our churches are empty. Our families are broken. Many times we are amoral. We are fast becoming what we soon shall be. As a daily reader of the Bible, I believe. In closing, the mindset of the author, represents an acorn. And we all know the result that planting such an acorn can have, if we give it the nurturing it needs. Loved the book and look forward to reading more of them this summer in our reclusive summer home in the Outer Hebrides. Keep up your wonderful work Gerard!
Interesting premise: Billionaire with all of the cliched trappings devotes his money and uses his faith to fight terrorists following 9/11. This is the first book in the series which may explain (not excuse) the many editorial and proofreading flaws. Hopefully, the following books were more carefully edited. My own personal preference would have been to give this read a one star, but if you are a reader who enjoys political thrillers with a heavy emphasis on a man and his religious beliefs, you may very well like this book.
An excellent thriller.the story flows naturally from one scene to the next. Very emotional and relevant to 2001, 2011, and now (2019). The plot twists were not predictable but were met by men trained in Guerilla warfare tactics. Very believable actions, settings with open dialogue. Appealing to both thriller fans and new readers. With more to come in the series.
This was one of the sloppiest-written books I have ever seen. The text not only contained an extreme number of typographical errors and punctuation errors, some of them egregious (the coffee chain is not "Starkbucks"), but also misplaced synonyms (e.g., "peaked" over the car; "poured" over the map, etc.), but was also hindered by confusing phrasing in many places. Usually, these types of errors (even in lesser quantities) in a book are such a distraction to me that I stop reading. And yet, in this case, despite the errors, I enjoyed the story and the characters. So this author does have talent, but he should invest in both a copy editor and a proofreader. Why mask talent with these easily-correctible errors? After all, the English language is simply a communications system with certain conventions that make the message between the sender and the receiver easily understood. If this particular book had been, say, a computer program targeting a missile, the missile would have ended up in Topeka instead of Tehran. I do look forward to the author's subsequent books, but hope that they are not as gramatically or otherwise challenged as the first one. I appreciate that the above is only talking the talk -- so that I am also walking the walk, I will make an open offer to the author to proofread this book, for free and with the proper releases, so that subsequent readers can achieve full enjoyment and the author's talent can shine through without distraction. Just message me here, send me a hard copy of the manuscript, and I will have it back within a week.
This is the first is a series of action adventure books about a group called The Watchman Of Ephraim based on a Bible verse that describes those who watch over the land. Cris De Niro was a high powered head of a major hedge fund until he lost his wife and unborn son in the attack on the Twin Towers on 9/11. It was after this event that he bought a group of experts together to create a super counter-terrorism agency.
Their first encounter involves a planned nuke attack over Las Vegas. Iranians, Mexicans and Russians are all involved. Strange gatherings of many people on the Mexican boarder alert the team to possible trouble, but they had to act fast to protect the country and De Niro's remaining family.
I really liked the theme and action of this story. The idea of legal justice and/or moral justice was interesting. Reminds me of some other TV shows and books that follow along this same theme which always conflicts me, but never looses my interest. I listened to the audio which added a lot to the emotions evoked with this story.
This wasn't a bad novel at all, but it isn't one of my favorites. There were somethings that just didn't sit well with me and maybe because I felt there was personal agenda by the author hidden within the story. When I think of how to describe this book, I would have to say it has an Avengers (without the powers of course) type of feel. Maybe even a bit of an Alex Cross or Bond feel, too. Another thing I found interesting is how the main character just always seemed to have at his fingers a way to solve his problem no matter what was thrown in his way. He just got our of trouble a bit to easily in my mind. Granted the man has millions of dollars, but still it just seemed the right people or opportunity was just around the corner. I mean how much luck can someone really have?
This novel is enjoyable and entertaining. Just not on my list of top novel series to read. I may read the rest of the series one day, but I'm not dying to pick up the next book like I do with other series out there.