Jeffrey Archer goes a little astray writing about Americans and the thriller genre. Not one of his better efforts as the story goes to hell in Russia and the Dickensian rip-off from A Tale of Two Cities is a bit over the top. I like Archer and even a bad effort rates three-and-a-half stars.
PLOT OR PREMISE:
Connor Fitzgerald is an assassin for the CIA. Black ops at its best. But when the CIA director orders a hit, and then wants to hide her involvement from the President, she tries to send Fitzgerald on an one-way futile assignment to Russia to prepare an assassination of the Russian Premier. Fitzgerald's ex-mentor gets involved and figures out the plan, but too late to save CF from getting caught. A couple of twists later, however, and Fitzgerald is back in the States with the same mission -- kill the Premier while he sits next to the President.
WHAT I LIKED:
The storylines were inventive and well done. Not quite at the level of Clancy or De Mille, but well done still. The writing is first-rate and the story moves along at a good clip.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
The relations between the CIA and Fitzgerald, and between the CIA and the Oval Office are not sufficiently fleshed out, leaving the story as having a little too light of a touch for the genre. As well, a couple of the twists are too well-telegraphed and you see them a mile off. As well, a small twist at the end, although expected, is handled far too lightly for the likely reality of the situation.
Story moves along at good clip
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Lots of twist & turner, lending to a interesting novel, one Archer's better works.
An awful lots of twists and turns. Keeps the pages turning.
"Don't get Caught" CIA Involvment
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