I originally read this book in the late 1990’s and was intrigued by the story. Since it has been a while, I decided to dig the book back out and give it another read. I could recall the story being compelling and creative, but I couldn’t recall the details of the story well enough to wreck the outcome of the mystery as I read. So thanks to my poor memory, I was able to read the novel again, for the first time.
The story starts with a journalist explaining that a manuscript recently fell into his possession describing the behind the scenes details of some rather extraordinary political news. The journalist explains that he can’t be certain of the authenticity of the story, but the detail and insight into recent news headlines checkout and make the story worth considering. So, with that out of the way, the book continues in the first person from the perspective of ex-CIA agent Ben Ellison who is now working as a patent lawyer in Boston.
This is a tough book to review without giving away vital secrets before they unfold in the story. I think its enough to say that something extraordinary happens to Ellison that gives him an ability no other espionage agent in the world has, but all would kill for.
The novel was originally published in 1994. But is as credible and intriguing today as it was in the 90’s. Surprisingly, as is the case today, the world is in economic peril and forces behind the scenes are working to manipulate that to their favor.
Joseph Finder has 9 previous works and is about to release book 10. While each of the previous novels were one-off stories based on unique characters, book 10 promises to be the beginning of a series based on a single case.
His 1998 book, High Crimes was turned into a big budget thriller starting Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman. Aside from that, several of his other works have earned great acclaim and several awards.