Coercion
A novel by Tim Tigner
Book review by Jules Brenner
Amazon Publishing, released 7/7/15, 320 pp., $15.99 (paperback)
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The action, spycraft and historical setting of this cold war thriller is convincing evidence of an author with plenty of pedigree behind his picture of undercover work. His drama surges with violence and suspense as ex-CIA agent Alex Faris fends off Vasiliy Karpov, a vicious KGB general of the Gorbachov era.


It's just the credibility of the technological concepts, however, that gives pause to the praise, such as the Russian general's implants of little radio-controlled bomb devices he calls Peitho pills. They're for (mostly) western victims from whom he wants to, well... coerce... intel and cooperation before blasting them out of existence.

If plausibility of such threats don't ruin your reading, there's also Karpov's super-sized henchman Yarik, a more or less invincible hulk who lives to kill. He'll give your heart muscle a surge with an impossible jump from a plane and then a chase across the Taiga Plains because he's got his next victim (and our hero) in his sights. Such outlandish methods would be hopeless if these adversaries weren't fictional super-men.

What I'd give a thumbs up to about Tigner's writing is the motivational detail of his characters, good and bad alike. Shifting perspectives as the story progresses provides depth to the life or death struggle.

~ Reviewed via Kindle copy, courtesy NetGalley and Amazon Books.

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