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The Operative (Ryan Kealey Series #5)

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite Wow! What a page-turn

Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite

Wow! What a page-turner! In "The Operative" by Andrew Britton, former government agent Ryan Kealey hopes that he is out of the high-suspense and knuckle-biting business. But then terrorist attacks on New York and Balt...
Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite

Wow! What a page-turner! In "The Operative" by Andrew Britton, former government agent Ryan Kealey hopes that he is out of the high-suspense and knuckle-biting business. But then terrorist attacks on New York and Baltimore bring him out of retirement at the request of the President and Kealey cannot refuse to become "active" in order to attempt to undermine a highly complex and well-thought-out group which is determined to test high tech security of both government and private agencies. Citizen casualties are commonplace and they appear at times in which government agents need to focus on the task of trying to stay a step ahead of the terrorists. Even Kealey's interventions seem to defy the power of those intent on destroying the existing government security agencies. Through one knucke-biting episode after another, Keeley attempts to out think the terrorists and he gradually eliminates those he can trust.

This is a difficult book to put down because the reader becomes engrossed in hoping ordinary citizens will be saved and wondering who will be next in the crusade of casualties. Britton is a master of weaving complex information into a comprehensible plot so that readers simply cannot go without reading another chapter in the hope that their heart-pounding can be put to rest. Britton's understanding of the various government agencies combined with his knowledge of high tech weapons of mass destruction forces the reader to trust that Britton will not only find a way to save the USA but will also be able to prevent the reader from suffering a cardiac arrest.

posted by ReadersFavorite on June 19, 2012

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Like many other deceased authors, Michael Crichton and Sydney Sh

Like many other deceased authors, Michael Crichton and Sydney Sheldon immediately come to mind, author Andrew Britton's untimely death in 2008 has not halted the production of new novels under his name. Of course, this opens the whole debate about ghost writers and unre...
Like many other deceased authors, Michael Crichton and Sydney Sheldon immediately come to mind, author Andrew Britton's untimely death in 2008 has not halted the production of new novels under his name. Of course, this opens the whole debate about ghost writers and unreleased manuscripts that are passed off as new material from bestselling authors. Despite my growing dislike of this practice, the book jacket summary seemed promising enough that I decided to give The Operative a read.
After years as a counter terrorism operative, Ryan Kealey is finally adjusting to a more peaceful lifestyle. This newfound peace is quickly shattered when Kealey finds himself smack in the middle of a large-scale terror attack at a charity gala. With many deaths and injuries, the CIA fears that some of their units may be compromised. Now Kealey is the only man who is both trusted by the US Government and capable to discover the truth behind the attack. As he delves into the depts of the conspiracy, he discovers unimaginable secrets that could shatter the stability of the entire country.
There is nothing horribly wrong with this novel. The writing is serviceable, the characters do what they are intended to do, and the story comes to a solid, if a bit predictable, conclusion. To my taste, however, the pacing and structure of the story is too disjointed. The opening and build up to the main action takes entirely too much time. When Kealey is finally allowed to begin his investigation, the part that should be the most interesting, he blazes through to the conclusion without the intelligence and suspense that modern thriller readers have come to expect. Overall, the novel was a fine diversion, but ultimately not worth the time.

posted by ABookAWeekES on December 10, 2012

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

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    Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite Wow! What a page-turn

    Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite

    Wow! What a page-turner! In "The Operative" by Andrew Britton, former government agent Ryan Kealey hopes that he is out of the high-suspense and knuckle-biting business. But then terrorist attacks on New York and Baltimore bring him out of retirement at the request of the President and Kealey cannot refuse to become "active" in order to attempt to undermine a highly complex and well-thought-out group which is determined to test high tech security of both government and private agencies. Citizen casualties are commonplace and they appear at times in which government agents need to focus on the task of trying to stay a step ahead of the terrorists. Even Kealey's interventions seem to defy the power of those intent on destroying the existing government security agencies. Through one knucke-biting episode after another, Keeley attempts to out think the terrorists and he gradually eliminates those he can trust.

    This is a difficult book to put down because the reader becomes engrossed in hoping ordinary citizens will be saved and wondering who will be next in the crusade of casualties. Britton is a master of weaving complex information into a comprehensible plot so that readers simply cannot go without reading another chapter in the hope that their heart-pounding can be put to rest. Britton's understanding of the various government agencies combined with his knowledge of high tech weapons of mass destruction forces the reader to trust that Britton will not only find a way to save the USA but will also be able to prevent the reader from suffering a cardiac arrest.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Intrigue is heavy

    Reading now and loving it.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

    Sad that Andrew Britton passed at such a young age. His legacy l

    Sad that Andrew Britton passed at such a young age. His legacy lives on through the Ryan Kealey series. I have read them all. In my opinion, this is the best Kealey story so far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    The Operative

    Was a page turner! Sad that the author died so young. Would want more books in the series.

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