by Tj O'Connor
July 1-31, 2018 Tour
Terrorism hits Main Street America
When a rogue CIA consultant goes AWOL from his Middle Eastern post in response to his brother’s plea for help, he arrives just in time to witness his brother’s murder. For years, Jonathan Hunter and his brother Kevin Mallory had not spoken―until Kevin’s final words, “… Khalifah … Not Them … Maya.”
Pursuing his brother’s killer, Hunter stumbles into a nest of horrifying terrorist activity by Middle Eastern refugees, which sparks a backlash across America. In the shadows, Hunter’s mentor, the omnipotent Oscar LaRue, is playing a dangerous game with Russian Intelligence. Neither Hunter nor LaRue realizes that a new threat―the Iranian threat―has entered the game. Stakes rise as two shadowy players are one step ahead of Hunter and LaRue―Khalifah, a terrorist mastermind, and Caine, a nomadic assassin who dances with the highest bidder.
As attacks escalate and the country drifts toward another Middle East conflict, innocent refugees become trapped between the terrorists and the terrorized. Prejudice, hate, and fear vent everywhere. Is this who we’ve become? Before the country explodes, Hunter must find Khalifah, learn the next terror target, and pray he’s in time to stop further annihilation.
"Tj O'Connor is that rare thriller writer with both talent and street time in the worlds he rockets us readers through. O'Connor’s stories will pull you in and race you through plots that come from behind the headlines in our crazy world." ―James Grady, New York Times best-selling author of Last Days of the Condor
"The Consultant is a flat out, dynamite read. Fast paced, compelling, and all too real. O'Connor writes with authority and the pages fly by almost too quickly. My favorite kind of thriller, reminiscent of the best Ludlum and Forsyth." ―Christopher Reich, New York Times best-selling author of Invasion of Privacy
"Thriller fans who value fast-paced action...will be satisfied."―Publishers Weekly
“Hop on O’Connor’s back and enjoy this ride. Helluva fun tale full of action, layers, deceptions, twists, and surprises. Well worth finding this one, folks. Put the publication date on your calendar. It rocks.”―Men Reading Books
I enjoyed this thriller. It could have been taken out of today's headlines. The plot is complex, but then so is the planning of terrorists and the work of government agents. I trust O'Connor has done his research in describing the lengths agents go to capture terrorists and prevent their murderous deeds.
The characters are larger than life. There are rogue agents, double agents, people who are not who they seem. It was almost impossible to know who the good guys and the bad guys were until the very end. Hunter was a bit of an enigma for me. He's a “consultant” for the CIA and does their dirty work off the books. He can be a cool assassin yet he becomes emotional when he goes after the murderer of his estranged brother, a brother he's not seen or talked to for fifteen years. And Hunter makes dumb mistakes, like leaving his weapon in the car when he goes into a potentially dangerous situation. His character seemed inconsistent at times. He is a flawed hero and one I sort of hated to love.
O'Connor's writing style drew me into the action. I did not like that part of the narrative was from Hunter's point of view while other parts were from a universal viewpoint. I would have preferred a consistent point of view.
I recommend this novel to readers who like a plot that could very well be happening today. The suspense was nearly continuous. There is a twist in the terrorists' motivations near the end that still has me thinking about it. In the end, it makes sense and makes me wonder. I do hope there will be another thriller featuring Hunter. I'll be looking for it.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Thriller
Published by: Oceanview Publishing
Publication Date: May 15th 2018
Number of Pages: 432
ISBN: 1608092836 (ISBN13: 9781608092833)
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Tj O’Connor is the author of The Consultant, the first of The Jonathan Hunter Thriller series and four paranormal mysteries.
Tj is an international security consultant specializing in anti-terrorism, investigations, and threat analysis—life experiences that drive his novels. With his former life as a government agent and years as a consultant, he has lived and worked around the world in places like Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Americas—among others. He was raised in New York's Hudson Valley and lives with his wife and Labrador companions in Virginia where they raised five children.
Dying to Know, Tj’s first published novel, won the 2015 Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) for mysteries and was a Finalist for both a 2015 Silver Falchion Award and the 2014 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Mystery Book of the Year.
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I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours.