Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Book Review: Open Source by M.M. Frick

- In the dead of night, on the dark waters of the Baltic Sea, a cargo ship is hijacked.
- In the Atlantic Ocean, a small flotilla of Russian warships is dispatched to re-take her.
- In a quiet tavern in Savannah, Georgia, an off-work vending route driver watches a thirty-second news report of the incidents.

"What if...?" That was what Casey Shenk thought when he heard about the hijacking of the MV Baltic Venture. A simple diversionary blog posting that infers an illegal arms sale is involved comes too close to the truth for some, who would rather the speculation stop there.

When anonymous threats turn deadly, Casey looks to the only other person who believes his theory; Susan Williams, an analyst for the private geopolitical consulting firm Intelligence Watch Group. With Susan's help, Casey digs deeper and discovers something much bigger that involves elements at the highest levels of governments on three continents.

Casey and Susan soon find themselves in the crosshairs and at the center of a complicated plot to shape world politics that will affect the future of the Middle East and the world forever

This novel was packed with excitement from beginning to end.  International intrigue, spies, murders, assassins, and a vending machine operator!  Who knew these would mesh into such a dramatic plot?

The only halfway negative thing I can think of is there were just so many characters, I had trouble keeping up with everyone.  But there had to be that many to fulfill the whole storyline.  It was my fault if I couldn't keep up with everyone!  M.M. Frick did an excellent job with these characters, making them come to life - even the smaller background ones who only showed up once or twice.  I could feel who these people were and what motivated them.

The action moves quickly and surprises were around every corner....errrm page turn.  I kept trying to find a double agent - oh he's really a bad guy... no he is!  I won't tell you if I was right or wrong, but it's a great book to read.  Would make an awesome movie as well!

*Disclaimer:  I received this book free from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review.

I give this book 4 Bookworms.

Paperback:  340 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace (July 30, 2010)
ISBN-10:  1453719989
ISBN-13:  978-1453719985

1 comment:

  1. it sounds intriguing. Now, it is such a thing as to many characters for a story line depending on the story. my friend has a book they are thinking of making a movie and the producer said, one thing, its too many characters, which i also had stated in my review. so You may be on POINT. Happy Reading.