Welcome to my stop on the Lethal Circuit Audiobook tour hosted by Candace's Book Blog and Promotions. Candace is always introducing me to unique books that are out of my comfort zone. This time around, it was a spy thriller. I don't read too many spy thrillers so this was a different experience. This is a book with plenty of action, lot of suspense and mystery and big twists and surprises. I was stunned at the end to say the least.
I have a review for you all today as well as a chance to win! For more chances to enter, visit all the tour stops. Be sure to head over to Candace's Book Blog and Promotions and check out all of her upcoming tours and sign up for the ones that suit you. Candace personally screens each and every book, so you are not going to get a quality read. Candace is also great to work with, I highly recommend doing her tours.....
Now here is my review:
Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard
From Best-selling Amazon author Lars Guignard comes the number-one turbo-charged, action spy thriller Lethal Circuit.
A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth.
It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city.
And that's the good news...
Michael Chase is a twenty-six year old backpacker, a recent college graduate, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese Secret Police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too. If Michael is going to live, he'll need to find a hidden piece of Nazi technology lost since World War II. And he'll have to do it before anyone else. Because if he doesn't, a little plutonium is going to be the least of his problems.
Can Michael Chase team up with a beautiful but deadly MI6 agent to locate a lethal piece of Nazi technology that will save the world?
If you can't get enough of the action of Lee Child and Vince Flynn, the intrigue of Robert Ludlum, and the adventure of Clive Cussler and James Rollins, you are going to LOVE Lethal Circuit!
Genre: 16+ Spy/Techno Thriller
Length: 340 pages, audiobook 8 1/2 hours
Publication Date: Audiobook released 8/8/13
Available Audio from Audible.com
Source: Tour Promoter in exchange for an honest review
Three and a half stars: An entertaining thriller with major twists and turns!
Michael is in his mid twenties and drifting from one meaningless job to the next. He still hasn't found his purpose in life. Thing have been incredibly difficult since his father's mysterious disappearance and supposed death a few months earlier. When Michael unexpectedly receives a cryptic message from his dead father, he sets out to try and find him. Little does he know that he will soon be thrust into a deadly plot involving murder, cold war technology, Chinese satellites and spies. Along the way, Michael finds out that his father was not the man he thought he was, and that he was hiding some big secrets. Can Michael unravel the clues and find his father?
What I Liked:
- It has been many years since I read a spy thriller. This isn't the type of book I normally read so it is hard to review it. I don't feel qualified to critique a spy thriller because I don't know what to expect when picking up a book in this genre. What I can tell you is that Lethal Circuit is an engaging, exciting read with plenty of action, danger, and some shocking surprises. The ending was a stunner!
- Michael is a character that turned out to have layers and layers of depth. At first meeting, he comes across as a slacker type guy in his twenties who hasn't figured out what he wants to be when he grows up. When he is suddenly thrust into a dangerous and bloody situation, he starts to show he is more than meets the eye. As the story progresses, he grows and exhibits tremendous strength, courage and intelligence. By the end, I realized that the Michael I thought I knew was far removed from the Michael I knew at the end of the book. It was exciting to uncover his many layers and learn his secrets. I still can't get over the big revelation a the end.
- One of the aspects that I grew to appreciate as the story went on was all the little anecdotes at the beginning of the chapters. These short snippets always related some seemingly unimportant event from Michael's childhood involving his dad. At first, I didn't get why they were included because they didn't seem to be important to the story. However as things progressed, I realized that these recollections of the past were in fact life lessons that Michael's dad had been teaching to his son that helped prepare him for his current adventure. Everything clicks at the end and it all makes sense, and I loved that.
- I liked that you couldn't trust anyone. Time and time again, people Michael thought he knew turned out to be hiding some dark and deadly secrets. One character surprised me twice with his deceptions. I liked that I didn't know who was good or bad and that I was guessing up until the finale.
- I appreciated that after all the action, drama and suspense that almost everything ties up neatly after the end. There is one main thread (the one I wanted most to see resolved) left dangling for future books, and I am most curious to find out how that one plays out.
And The Not So Much:
- This book has a very busy plot and a lot to keep track of, in all honesty, I would likely have had a better understanding the story if I were reading it vs. listening to the audiobook. I am a visual learner and I had a hard time following everything. There are a lot of characters, plots and big twists to keep track of. This is a book that needs time and attention so if you are like me and you do better with visual vs. auditory learning you may be better off to read the book.
- I liked the narrator and thought that overall the audiobook was well done. The only problem I had was that it seemed that sometimes the audio would fade in and out, and the narrator's voice seemed to change. I honestly thought for awhile that there were two different narrators due to this anomaly.
- The other problem I had was that this story was mainly told through Michael's eyes, but then it would switch to some of the secondary characters. I struggled with the changing perspectives, and I would have much preferred to have the story stay in Michael's view point only.
- There were a few instances that felt too contrived and a little bit unrealistic to me.
Lethal Circuit was a book outside my comfort zone, but I still had fun and enjoyed the book. I don't read many spy thrillers so I am by no means an expert, but I can tell you that this is a story packed with suspense, bursting with action, and lots of spectacular twists and surprises. This is a book where you can't trust anyone and no one is who they seem to be. The next time you are looking for an exciting and thrilling read check this one out.
I received a copy of this book from the tour promoter as part of an promotional tour. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own.
Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and a graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His debut thriller novel, Lethal Circuit, has been
an amazon top 100 Technothriller since its release.
Guignard has wanted to write Indian stories for kids ever since he attended a boarding school in the majestic Himalayas. The time he spent in the “school above the clouds” affected him
profoundly, and once he returned home to North America he was struck by the lack of children’s stories from India available in our culture. Since India is such an incredible country, he decided
to write a series of action adventure books for young adults about India to introduce young readers to this magical, mystical land. So if you’re looking for a great book adventure for kids, try Ghost Leopard today! Find Lars on Website | Twitter | Facebook and his books are sold Audible | iTunes |Amazon | GoodReads
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