Review: The Patriot Paradox by William Esmont

Title: The Patriot Paradox

Author: William Esmont

Published: Oct 8th 2010

Sypnosis: Ex-CIA analyst Kurt Vetter and enigmatic foreign agent Amanda Carter race across Europe in a quest to unearth the truth behind the murder of Kurt’s brother. Trying desperately to stay ahead of a government that has forsaken them, they discover a conspiracy that threatens the very foundation of world stability. The clock is ticking and Kurt and Amanda must find a way to halt the plot before millions die

Status: Read from March 01 to 02, 2011 — I own a copy

My Thoughts:

The Patriot Paradox is a thrill ride of conspiracy and sabotage. Fearing for his life, Mike Vetter sends his brother sensitive information, making him the target of a rogue group of CIA agents who plan to annihilate Russia with a nuclear missile.
The plot is strong, I like the basic premise and though it’s not exactly an original idea, Esmont has thought out events carefully. The detail he uses seem genuine which gives the plot a sense of possibility. The action is fast paced as Kurt and Amanda run from Carson’s team. The deadline and desperation gives the story a sense of urgency that pulls the reader along. It’s quite a short book at just over 250 pages and the conclusion is an unexpected cliffhanger which brings the story to a screeching halt. I can only assume that a sequel is in the works.
Despite the non stop action, Esmont has taken care to develop believable characters, providing enough context for the reader to build a sense of their motivations. I did feel Kurt’s characterisation could probably have been stronger in that he seemed to move with the plot rather than direct it. His partnership with Amanda puts him in a passive role, particularly in the last half of the novel. I liked Amanda’s attitude, when Kurt brings her the information. She doesn’t hesitate to do the right thing and is smart and determined.
The Patriot Paradox is an engaging action spy thriller that has a great sense of timing. It’s a quick and exciting read, sure to satisfy the reader, especially at its bargain price of just 99 cents.

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About the Author

William Esmont lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and three dogs. He writes complex software by day and gripping thrillers and horror novels at night. The Patriot Paradox is his second novel. The next installment in the Kurt Vetter and Amanda Carter series will be available in late Spring of 2011.
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Available to Purchase

@ Amazon US {Kindle}

@ Amazon UK {Kindle}

@ B&N {Nook}

@ Smashwords

Also available in the Kobo bookstore, the Apple iBookStore, the Sony eReader Bookstore, and Diesel

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