The Temporary Agent (The Agent #1)by Daniel Judson Published 01 Jul 2016
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Scarred by war, former Navy Seabee Tom Sexton vows to leave his violent past behind, only to be drawn back into that life when a deadly conspiracy forces him to face an agonizing choice no man should ever have to make.
Five years after his life was saved in Afghanistan by Marine Force Recon Leader Charlie Cahill, Tom lives a bleak, nomadic existence, haunted by the debt he can never repay. Salvation appears in Stella—a woman as damaged, and resourceful, as he. But when a coded distress call from his former CO leads him to a shadowy NSA operative, Tom is recruited for a “black op” to bring back the now-rogue man who saved his life.
As he searches for Cahill, Tom quickly uncovers a much larger web of treason and betrayal that calls his entire world into question—and forces him into the ultimate no-win scenario.
"The Temporary Agent (The Agent #1)" Reviews
It was hard to decide if this book was a two or three for me. I went with three. I normally don't read books where the main character has been wrongly accused and is trying to race against time to clear his or her name. I read it anyway. There were lengthy descriptions of different kinds of guns, bullets, and mags -- so if you are into that or want to learn, you will most likely enjoy all the space devoted to the granular details. I could have done with less, quite a bit less. Also, sometimes it's fun to have a book that keeps you guessing who the real bad guy is, but this one went back and forth and changed so many times--many of the main characters had a turn--some of them more than once. It was too much too quickly.
Great fun. Fast-paced, characters. Writing smooth and even. I thought the twists were fairly obvious,but that didn't distract from the plot. Couple of grammatical errors that I found distracting, given the allegedly high level of education and literacy of the characters. This was the June Amazon free book--which I usually find very mediocre, but this was an exception.
I got this free via, I think, Kindle First.
It is very eventful...so much so I found that it got boring. Good plotting requires pacing- high excitement interspersed with lower-energy elements, and this was close to 100% EXCITING.
And I am not sure that all the changes made sense in terms of character. OK, all the wheels within wheels and betrayals... but in the end, I am not convinced the resolution makes sense, based on the characters etc.
There is not much character development. The characters are mostly stick figures, ruled by the fairly arbitrary plot.
The plot raised a lot of questions, especially as to various people's characters, that were glossed over by the end.
There were lots of intricate details about various kinds of guns and explosives, if that's your thing.
Not really recommended.
The book was fine. It was more of a political thriller/mystery rather than a military action thriller, and I appreciate both genres. Flawed protagonists are always more relatable, and the whodunnit storyline kept me interested. I also liked the historical notes, though they were a little disjointed within the overall story.
However, there were frequent segues into the minutiae of gun specs, which was like reading a foreign language. And the flag-waving was repetitive to the point of corny. When the story concerns an elite group of military experts, readers well understand their POV.
Still, it's a decent, quick read.
This was my Kindle First pick for July. Although it is completely out of my general reading lane, I loved it.
It's an expertly written, action packed, suspense thriller that kept me second guessing my conclusions.
The detail in the description of the weapons, how they were used, and the reasons behind each result impressed me page after page.
Every character was expertly developed. The quiet, unassuming, but deadly ex-military heroes, Tom, Carrington, Cahill and others. The devastation the war caused on these and other characters was subtly but poignantly portrayed. Patriotism versus morality is a theme throughout.
I feel like I'm stumbling over my words because I can't quite describe how good this book really is. It's definitely an adult book with themes inappropriate for the under 18 crowd. It will keep you gasping, guessing, praying, and hoping against hope on the edge of your seat the whole time.
Fantastic writing, riveting plot, and flawless delivery. I loved it.
This is my second (or third) "Amazon First" novel (an Amazon Prime benefit... you get a free book every month) that smells like an NRA planted book. Call me a conspiracy nut, but it feels like they might have a program to win over "hearts and minds" with a cultural invasion of gun-nuttiness. This book has good action, writing and all that, but several times a chapter, we get a loving, detailed ode to how many rounds a Colt 1911 has in various magazines, or how the slide & chambering works on a SIG p226, or the shoulder-rigging of a Desert Eagle.
Then, we also get an occasional education on the various state laws on gun ownership and how many rounds of ammunition you are allowed to carry. At a couple points in the story, there's some clunky dialogue about whether or not characters are violating state gun laws as they drive about... Huh? They just killed a bunch of swarthy/menacing Eastern European/Islamic dudes with gunshots to the face and now they are worried about GUN PERMITS?
Perhaps most infuriating, there's a description of the bad guy's plan [spoilers removed] and how that is made much easier because not every citizen in New York is properly armed.
[sarcasm] RIIIIGHT.... because that's really the core of the problem! Not enough guns in New York! [/sarcasm]
Like I said... I smell NRA support. Or maybe the author is a simple gun nut.
Beyond my distaste with that, it's a good read - a bit convoluted on who the bad guys really are and the back and forth between them. When ultimately the real bad guy turns out to be [spoilers removed]... Well... it left me with kind of an icky feeling.