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The Asset (Lance Spector Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B087132HDL
- Publisher : AuthorContact (April 10, 2020)
- Publication date : April 10, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 1422 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 543 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #451 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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BUT mostly based on the fact that there is NO ENDING. If you want to know what happens to the characters at the end of the book you have to purchase the next one. I always find this offensive to readers and a cheap trick the author uses to get one to purchase another book, which is and will always be my pet peeve. Therefore I will not be purchasing the next book or any other books by this author.
Ironically, if the author would have ended the story properly, I may have bought the next one.
As I read this, the U.S. was experiencing “Shelter in Place” protocols. Reading “The Asset”, I felt as though I’d travelled to Russia, Istanbul, to small-town life in Montana, even Langley, VA and Washington, DC. Well written, with ‘Villains’ who were easy to hate, and ‘Heroes’ who I cheered for. GRU vs CIA; and all the spy tricks used to kill or be killed. In other words, survival.
Sometimes the sides in these conflicts were clear. Other times, more realistically, the lines and characters were blurred. I would place Mr. Herzog's book, The Asset, leaning more toward the latter categorization. For that reason I really enjoyed it. Written from a third person point of view, it gave us a chance to see the reason for the feelings, the confusion, and the motivations of the major players. Both sides in this espionage adventure take a very real pounding. Hardly anyone who survives does so unscathed. The characters made plans and then adapted as necessary. The action was fast and furious until there was a lull for rearming and making a new plan. And there were no last minute saves because someone was carrying a ball point pen that transformed into a helicopter or missile launcher. There was just enough on the side of the angels that I had a feeling of satisfaction to go with my enjoyment. This is one of my favorites in this genre in the last couple decades.
The plus: writing is good, decent research, characters developed and the action flows well.
The minus: it's somewhat pop action. Breaking into the Kremlin is amazingly simple (taking control of their sensors is only mentioned as an afterthought). The line "we don't have an assault rifle" is risible. The term "assault" rifle is a purely political term, coined and used only by the Democrats in the US. Two people in a firefight with Russian security forces, in Russia, using The New York Times approved term "assault" rifle... nah, not really... Overall, a little too much suspension of disbelief.
Incredibly timed story for the current world chaos. I'm anxious for the next thriller by Mr. Herzog.
I never got lost and I thought the characters were generally developed and unique. A couple of the women are bombshell agent types but there are also normal people.
The main male character is sort of a super agent but it is not page after page of how he dodges machine gun fire and kills fifty guys. Some stuff really stretches out into super stuff, such as when they break into the Kremlin, but you have to expect some of that in this kind of books.
Overall, good flow and action and character development.
This book ends with most stuff solved and wrapped up but then you have to go on to the next to have everything totally wrapped up. I am ok with that.
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Saul writes with an engaging free style. His characters are credible and he has such a talent for dialogue too. I particularly like the way he introduces the reader to a location or an event or a new character by starting with a seemingly insignificant detail and, as if in a film, pulling the camera back, allowing the viewer (reader) to take in the bigger picture before focusing on the new character in their context.
The novel's plot is clever and well researched - I learned a lot of fascinating facts about history, Cold War politics, Paleontology and more but never felt the author was preaching to me. The novel is very accessible - I recommend you give it a go! I'm so pleased I discovered this book and can't wait to see how the story develops in the next instalment.
If i can avoid it...no way .. i like a book that finishes at the end, no., i want my book to be complete even if its crap.. This one was the Russians again. These books have identical plots , the only things that change are the names of the heros and villains. Its like the same guy writing them all, from jack Ryan to Alex King This author is off of my list but ill probably fall for it again.
Thev story rambled on with unbelievable plots . I dont sleep at night and read lots of these kindle books much to my shame. .