Written in the style of Clusser or Clancy this action-packed novel features Briggs Tanner as the hero, solving an international drama that threatens the peace of the world.
When a man is murdered in front of Briggs, he finds himself in the middle of an international crises, that ties terrorists from multiple countries. As he digs deeper, the plot thickens, drawing in multiple characters.
What is essentially a good story is let down by some inconsistent facts and a few typos. Both of which could have been fixed with a good editor.
That aside, the story line moves along at a good pace, building to the inevitable action packed climax. It is an easy read, and many of the characters are well developed, although a few of the bad guys roll over far too easily.
An easy to read, modern day, American war novel.
That Night is a mixed mystery triller. It could have been an excellent book, and has the backbone of a strong story line. However, as a reader I felt let down in parts.
The story is written in the first person from the perspective of Toni Murphy. The character of Toni is well developed throughout the book, but not so the other characters in the story.
Toni spent 15 years in prison for the murder of her younger sister Nicole along with her boyfriend Ryan who was also convicted of the murder. However throughout the story you are convinced they didn't do it.
Shaunie is set up as the character who does murder Nicole, but the real question is why?
On release from jail, Toni and Ryan set out to prove their inonence and find the real killer.
The book reads more as a long teen book than an adult triller. Much of the book could have been edited out without affecting the overall story.
In summary, That Night by Chevy Stevens is an interesting read that you need to push through three quarters of to get to the really interesting and trilling parts.
The Last Savanna by Mike Bond, is part environmentalist saviour and part action thriller. It is an interesting mix of topics.
The story plays itself out in the broadness of Africa’s deserts, mountains and wilderness. Former SAS soldier Ian MacAdam is conscripted on a team hunting a group of elephant poachers. Along the way he discovers the poachers have kidnapped a long lost of his, adding a romantic element to the story.
The book highlights the problems of Africa, with a thirst to rape the land of natural resources, while an indigenous community fights for their own existence. An issue that will affect all of the world eventually.
The book was interesting to read, but not one I would re-read. As a novel, it had plenty of drama, and a few surprises. Bond has an interesting mix of modern day Africa, intertwined into the story line.
Tom Clancy’s Op-Center: Out of the Ashes
By Dick Couch, George Galdorisi, Steve Piecznik
While I have loved the Tom Clancy books, particularly his early works. This book however carries his name, but was not written by him, in fact published well after Clancy’s death.
The story follows an attack on four football stadiums in America which causes the president to reinstate the Op-Centre to hunt down terrorist. The book rapidly introduces new characters and floats around a predictable plot.
There are a few action scenes to generate interest, but they fail to create the tension that Clancy’s books are renowned for.
While the same book by another author would have been a good read, it fails to live up to the expectation expected of a Clancy action book.
Heath writes reviews regularly for newspapers and magazines.