Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on March 9, 2018
‘The Corrector’ by Ethan Jones is the first in a new series of spy thrillers by this prolific author. It is also the first of his novels I have read, so therefore, a good place to start. The tale is a present-day espionage novel with a cast of characters who are solidly believable. Unlike most of the spy books around, these operatives hail from the Canadian Intelligence Service and not the American CIA or British MI6, which gives an interesting slant to the genre. I was also impressed with the way the author chose to place us, the readers, straight in the middle of the action without any lengthy backstory development for the two protagonists, cleverly allowing their history together as a team to be revealed in snippets throughout the main storyline. This gave the story much more immediacy as the events led to page-turning at a speedy rate of knots.
Although, as I have mentioned, the tale is set in current times, I was reminded by the author’s writing style at several points in the narrative of Ian Fleming’s Bond novels. It had that familiar rhythm as the protagonists discovered new clues as they progressed in their investigations that led their assignment on unexpected tangents, in the same manner as the 007 novels I devoured in my youth. If this was intentional, then the author has hit the nail on the head; if not, then it’s a double bonus for this reader.
Again as I mentioned, this is a new series and this the first book, and I feel this is a very promising introduction both to the author and his work. Highly recommended for lovers of great action-adventure spy thrillers.