The Spy is the first book of the Jed Walker thrillers. I enjoyed the pace of this book. There was constant movement in the plot, which is something I relish, especially in the thriller genre. Getting bogged down in detail can stop the flow of action, and this book never slowed down once.
Jed Walker is an ex-CIA agent who is supposed to be dead. He knows of a plot to trigger multiple terrorist attacks and he’s trying to stop it, but who can be trusted? The story has some good twists, and they’re not all saved for the ending, either. I found a lot of the story told in conversations, but I think with this genre that is a good method of imparting the information the reader needs in an efficient and natural way. There was enough description for me to picture all I needed too, allowing me to grasp the general vision and then get on with the action.
There were two things I didn’t particularly like with this book. One was the number of characters – essential to play the roles, but at some points I had trouble remembering who was who. The other was the cliff-hanger ending, which left me frustrated. I wouldn’t have been so frustrated if I’d had the next book to hand, but I still haven’t managed to get a copy, so the frustration remains.
My rating: 4/5
I recommend this book to anyone who likes thrillers. If you like the Jack Reacher (Lee Child) books, you’ll probably enjoy this one.
A sinister group – code-named Zodiac – has launched devastating global attacks. Twelve targets across the world, twelve code-named missions.
Operating distinct sleeper cells, they are the ultimate terrorist organisation, watching and waiting for a precise attack to activate the next group. It is a frightening and deadly efficient way to stay one step ahead. And cause the most chaos.
For ex-CIA operative Jed Walker, chaos is his profession. On the outer, burned by his former agency, he is determined to clear his name. Stopping Zodiac is the only way. Desperate to catch the killers and find the mastermind, he can’t afford to lose the next lead, but that means that sometime the terrorists have to win.
Ultimately, it all comes down to Walker: he’s the only one who can break the chain and put the group to sleep…permanently.
It’s exactly eighty-one hours until deadline.
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