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QUICK NOTES: Warning Light by David Ricciardi

SYNOPSIS: When a commercial aircraft makes an emergency landing at an Iranian military base, it looks like a crisis has been narrowly avoided. But for undercover intelligence analyst Zac Miller, the CIA-staged crash landing is the only part of his assignment that goes right.

What was supposed to be a simple surveillance mission quickly heads south when the Iranians apprehend the smooth-talking American. Never trained to be a field operative, Zac's in over his head, especially when it turns out escaping from captivity is only the beginning of his problems. On the run across Europe from both Iranian agents and Western authorities who are convinced he's defected, Zac finds himself fighting for his life, with no guarantee he'll even have one to go back to...

GENRE: Thriller, Fiction


RATING: ★★★★☆/ 4 Stars!

QUICK NOTES: I'm a big fan of the action/adventure novel. CIA and spy thrillers are some of my favorite stories both in book and screen form. So WARNING LIGHT felt like a great marriage of the two. You could completely envisage this fast-paced book as an action-packed film. The hero barely had time to take a breath before he was off and running again. It made for a very quick and fun read.

I had a few ups and downs while reading though, those things that kept it from being a perfect experience. I loved the cutaway chapters to the different characters and situations that were brewing around Europe and Asia, the forces that were working for and against Zac without him knowing. It gave the story a very interesting depth. What I didn't love was that Zac was largely alone on his journey. Maybe it's because I'm used to some sort of side-kick, but I felt that his character needed something more solid and stable to play against. Having few opportunities to talk to other characters, some of the information and decision making that would usually be given to the reader through conversations was instead delivered in long author expositions. It would read a bit dry at times.

Still, there were a slew of intriguing characters that flit in and out of Zac's story. And the sheer amount of locations and situations that he is embroiled in and fights through is amazing. It really is one long, but ever changing, chase scene. Overall it was a lot of fun to read and I'm definitely looking forward to more books from David Ricciardi!

*I received and advance reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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