Rosenberg knows how to create a political thriller that could very well parallel today's headlines. A Russian leader who wants to be a czar over a restored glory of Russia is pitted against an unpredictable U. S. president. With the existence of NATO on the line, an ex-secret service agent tries to prevent a possible global disaster.
I really like how Rosenberg has crafted his characters. The Russian president is a conniving man, lying to the public while secretly making preparations for military expansion. And the U.S. president? He is totally unpredictable. When a Democrat senator comes to him with inside information, the president's disdain for those in the other party is clear. Whether he would accept the intelligence provided and act on it is the huge question.
The plot is full of action from beginning to end. I felt all of it was possible. It really portrays the current tension between the U.S. and Russia. Rosenberg has done a great job of weaving a fictional story around the facts and real characters in the international scene.
I felt the end was abrupt and inconclusive. I trust this is because there will be a sequel otherwise it just doesn't make sense.
I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy a political thriller based on current events and attitudes.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Joel C Rosenberg is the bestselling author of thirteen novels and five nonfiction books. He has been interviewed on radio and television programs and has met with world leaders. You can find out more at http://www.joelrosenberg.com/.
Tyndale House Publishers, 480 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.