Author – Jim Riggen
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Political
372 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 1/26/2018
No. 04 - 2018
My Impressions: betrayal, intrigue, politics, science fiction. Vague story line.
Thaddeus Jackson – Mysterious character, son of ex-president.
Agent Lozen Kyway – Kick butt CIA special agent.
Shane Wallace – CIA Director, duplicitous character who plays both ends against the middle.
The Chaos of Change is the first book of a trilogy. It is not a stand alone read due to the cliff hanger at the end leading into book two. The story has no set time period except for references to Apache helicopters and Humvees. It was strange that opposing forces had limited equipment resources like two Apaches, Humvees and several armored personnel vehicles. No explanation was given as to why there were no jet planes, tanks etc.
The story is an extension of the political divide existing today between United States of America conservatives, independents, and liberals.
The fictional USA is divided into three sections with liberals controlling the northeastern states, conservatives ruling the southern states and, I suppose, independents taking the western states. The main thrust of the story is between the north and the south, (sound familiar?) But then there are splinter groups mingled in with the major parties that have to be dealt with (eradicated).
Few characters are who they profess to be.
The big battle near the end was unrealistic and the restricted weapons available raised many questions.
The science fiction aspects turned me off.
There is abundant sex and cursing.
The editing and sentence structure are good with minor exceptions.
Character development is good.
Details are vague.
Research is difficult to rate because most of it is fictional and extreme
The plot is okay but details are far too vague for my taste.
I'm torn between a 3 star and a 4 star rating, so I'll go with the four star rating without a strong recommendation.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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