Review by Marisse Lee, aka Harping By A Pixie on Niume.com – Source: Terror in the Ranks: Book Review
Author: ROB MUNRO
Genre: Conspiracy, Betrayal, Terrorism
The book centered on the character of a middle-aged spook, Superintendent Lemuel Aaron, who was caught in the power games of some delusional white supremacist character, Mister G, in cohorts with some government officials/politicians in the high echelon as well as rich and influential people plus the terrorist group ISIL.
The main focus of the story is to save the stolen nuke from reaching the hands of ISIL. The biggest hurdle in his work to save the world, though, is how he will navigate through the web of conspiracy and betrayal set by his enemies. Different branches of the government have been intelligently infiltrated that his opponent seems to be always a step ahead of him in the game. As in any story, of course, both protagonist and the antagonist have a battery of goal supporters that help them to carry out their plans and counterplans.
Plus Point: I am a fan of the Jason Bourne series regardless if the sequel is written by its original creator, Robert Ludlum, or the new author holding the franchise, Eric Van Lustbader. I also liked a lot Tom Clancy and Dan Brown and have read several James Patterson’s novels. Suffice it to say, therefore, that when I accepted the request to review the book I do not have expectations as it is the first time I will be reading a work by a new writer (and the first time, I will actually write a book review).
I liked the fact that Rob Munro was able to convincingly create an atmosphere of chaos and fear. He was likewise able to illustrate how the underhand and shadowy works of certain politicians, government officials as well as influential private people could affect world events. Both of these points showed he has researched enough before writing his piece.
The chase scenes did not put me on the edge of my chair, true, and it is not the type that will unconsciously make you hold your breath; BUT, it did not bore me at all. Let us say, I consider it more close to reality for, after all, you cannot expect a middle-aged spook to leap from a helicopter and land on his feet on top of a ship.
Minus Point (at least, for me): I have recently visited Australia which is the setting of the story. I have trouble imagining that Sydney and Melbourne could undergo such destruction and that the friendly Australians would actually do such despicable acts against immigrants. However, a reader who can get past that fact will not have any problem.
Another thing, the first meeting between Aaron and Carlyle in Chapter 9 where the latter has a very long speech is, I think, overboard despite the fact that the author has good intention in doing so (to highlight Carlyle’s character). I mean, in real life, and under such grave situation, the tendency of the speaker would be to be as concise as possible. Time is gold, after all, and didactic opinions should be saved for later.
RECOMMENDATION TO THE READERS
Try reading it, really. It is, of course, tempting to stay with the famous names but venturing into someone new would never hurt your reading experience.
You know what they say, if you read only one book, you only get to see one perspective. Thus, the more authors you read, the more viewpoints you will learn.