Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Tech by Mark Ravine

What a fun novel. Perhaps it is odd to call an FBI procedural novel fun but it was. Alexandra Cassidy, an FBI agent is transferred to a new office to become a team leader. Her team is a rag tag group of misfits and recent transfers too. And there is the mysterious tech specialist for the office who seems to know more than he should.

The characters were an interesting group and each had their backstory developed well. There was a good mix of action and character development in that respect. And there was lots of action. Alexandra goes after her assignments with energy. She manages her team well and they have success in solving several cases. A connection between the cases becomes evident and Alexandra is determined to get the leaders, if she can stay alive long enough.

Ravine's writing style started out a little flat and mechanical but before long I was engaged in the story and the ongoing investigations. There is almost a sci-fi aspect to the novel as the tech specialist can do wonders in getting information, a good representation of what AI can do. The investigative actions were balanced well with character interactions. And there was a surprise twist at the end.

This novel is a very good debut effort. It is a long novel but it held my interest all the way. I'll be looking for more from this author .

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Dawn Hill Publications, 463 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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