Author – Daniel Eagleton
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
200 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 6/7/17
No.38 - 2017
My impressions: impulsive, reckless, sociopath, liar, weird egotistical, shallow.
Thomas Glaze – young Mossad agent in the Kidon assassinations unit.
Uri – Mossad techie assigned with Thomas
Yakov – Mossad boss over the operations Thomas is assigned to. Then he starts his own operations outside Mossad.
Nadine – the woman Thomas wants for his girlfriend, but she has little interest in him.
Thomas Glaze is an up and coming agent in Mossad, the Israeli secret service. But his first two field assignments are both botched because he engages in personal affairs with beautiful women too close to the planned assassinations. Thomas rejects responsibility for both failed attempts and blames the failures on others in the organization. His propensity for getting drunk and taking drugs never enters his mind as wrecking his chosen career.
Thomas goes rogue when he attempts to murder the criminal with power over Nadine, the beautiful woman he wants for his girlfriend. He is too self-centered to realize she doesn’t return his affection. She’s a lazy slug who does nothing around the apartment and doesn’t even reciprocate during sex. Even when she stays away overnight, or for several nights, he doesn’t face up to the truth. Thomas is not the usual action story hero. He is a pathetic, egotistical loser who should never have advanced through his secret agent training; his character is too flawed.
Editing is poor with far too many missing words plus misspelled and wrong words used.
The writing sometimes slipped between present and past tense in sentences.
The writing style is a big turnoff. It’s as if the author has decided to create his own version of the English language. Many sentences are composed of short segments of prose joined together with comma splices instead of the usual connectors. Sentence fragments are plentiful because words, frequently ‘He’, are left out usually at the beginning of the sentence. The reader is left with short, choppy fragments or segments comma spliced together.
One noticeable failure in research is when the safety on a Glock handgun is flipped. Glocks don’t have safety switches.
There is infrequent cursing and a few racy sexual descriptions in the story.
My rating of three stars is generous only because this story can be judged as a study in the downward spiral of a man who was thought to have above average potential and failed to achieve it. I did not like the character and never developed empathy for him because of his self-destructive actions.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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