I received this book for free from the Publisher via Candace's Book Blog & CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Lethal Circuit (Michael Chase #1) by Lars Guignard
Narrator: Ben Sullivan
Published by Fantastic Press on 08 August 2013
Length: 8 hours and 26 minutes
Source: Publisher via Candace's Book Blog & CBB Book Promotions
From Best-selling Amazon author Lars Guignard comes the number-one turbo-charged, action spy thriller Lethal Circuit.
A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth.
It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city.
And that's the good news...
Michael Chase is a twenty-six year old backpacker, a recent college graduate, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese Secret Police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too. If Michael is going to live, he'll need to find a hidden piece of Nazi technology lost since World War II. And he'll have to do it before anyone else. Because if he doesn't, a little plutonium is going to be the least of his problems.
Can Michael Chase team up with a beautiful but deadly MI6 agent to locate a lethal piece of Nazi technology that will save the world?
If you can't get enough of the action of Lee Child and Vince Flynn, the intrigue of Robert Ludlum, and the adventure of Clive Cussler and James Rollins, you are going to LOVE Lethal Circuit!
Thoughts: This book and I got off to a rocky start, but I ended up really enjoying it. The beginning started out very quickly and it took me a while to both catch up with what was going on and care about the characters. The driving force for the main character, Michael, is that he wants to find out what happened to his father, who disappeared in China and is probably dead. Instead of getting closure, Michael gets thrown into a decades-old spy game in a foreign country. Interspersed with the main story are flashbacks from Michael’s childhood of lessons taught to him by his father. These moments showed how and why Michael could survive in his current situation, which helped with my suspension of disbelief. However, these moments also made me really not like Michael’s dad, which had me questioning why Michael is so loyal to his father.
This is a contemporary thriller, but I loved the way history played a part. I have no idea how much of this is real history and how much is made up, but I loved learning about the background for this thriller. Basically, the Nazis were successful in creating cold fusion to power a plane, but the plane was hidden in China before the end of WWII. Since then, spies from all over the world have been looking for this plane and the cold fusion technology that could revolutionize the world.
For me the end of the book is the best part because I didn’t see most of the twists coming. I’m always a big fan of characters having hidden agendas, especially when it ends in major betrayal. In Lethal Circuit many of these surprises also helped to explain why several of the spies were so bad at keeping secrets. It is a really satisfying ending because everyone seems to get what they deserve while also leaving things open for more adventures.
Favorite Moments: The last scene with Kate. I can’t say more than that, because it will ruin some of the best surprises.
WTF moment: At one point Kate bites off Michael’s plastic zip-tie cuffs. My teeth hurt just thinking about it.
Narrator: The narrator has a deep voice that is perfect for a spy thriller. However, the production sometimes felt choppy, like pieces had been rerecorded and spliced in.
Overall: This book has a rocky start, but I loved the ending and I’m curious to see where the story goes in book 2.
For November 12 & 13 Lethal Circuit is FREE for Kindle, so be sure to grab a copy while you can!
About the Author: Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and a graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His debut thriller novel, Lethal Circuit, has been an amazon top 100 Technothriller since its release.
Guignard has wanted to write Indian stories for kids ever since he attended a boarding school in the majestic Himalayas. The time he spent in the “school above the clouds” affected him profoundly, and once he returned home to North America he was struck by the lack of children’s stories from India available in our culture. Since India is such an incredible country, he decided to write a series of action adventure books for young adults about India to introduce young readers to this magical, mystical land. So if you’re looking for a great book adventure for kids, try Ghost Leopard today!
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