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Posted October 25, 2009
Terrific!!! Best thriller by a new writer(s) in years. Grabs the reader in the first 10 pages and never lets go. Let's hope there are more books to come from Berntsen/Pezzullo.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 31, 2008
I was suprised that such a short book could have such a detailed story line. Fans of Clancy will love this books. Those who do not like Clancy because his books are so long will also like this book. Once you start it, it is hard to put down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2008
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Decent Political Thriller, worth the read.
In the spirit of Baldacci, Flynn, Thor, and Meltzer, this novel is a decent read to hold Flynn readers over until the new book comes out in a couple of weeks. I think the author(s) could have dedicated more space to character development, and settings. With one of authors having been in the CIA, and stationed in the Middle East, he does a good job of describing the settings, but not a GREAT job, which is when I really know I've got a good read. I just wasn't 'seeing' it in my mind's eye, although I think a novel or two later, it could very well be. Character develpment needs to be better. Even Matt, the Hero, I really didn't care or empathize with. Like I said, good plot, and could have been a real home run.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 26, 2008
This is an outstanding thriller and more. It starts off quickly and immediately pulls you into the story of a Iranian intelligence operative 'The Walk-In' who has information to share about a terrorist attack against the U.S. The U.S. operative 'Matt Freed' who debriefs the Iranian suspects he's deliberately trying to mislead the U.S. government. With the clock ticking, he retraces the Iranian's path, which leads him to Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and a very scary real place in the Aral Sea called Rebirth Island. It's all told very skillfully by Ralph Pezzullo. I'm assuming that he did the writing and ex-CIA operative Gary Berntsen supplied the information. Berntsen obviously knows what he's talking about. This book feels real and is extremely scary. It blows everything else in the genre completely out of the water.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 24, 2008
This thriller like no other I've read makes the war on terror real. Berntsen and Pezzullo have woven true-life events and counter-terrorism methods into a hair-raising story that spans the globe. I can't wait for the movie. Read the book first, if you want to understand the real challenges we face.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 14, 2008
A book you won't forget
If you enjoy action, and suspense, coupled with a story that will keep you glued to your seat, then this is the book for you. The Walk-In takes you around the world and back as Matt Freed tries to verify and investigate information provided to him by a walk-in at a U.S. embassy, who warns that hundreds of thousands, if not millions of American lives are at risk. This is not your run of the mill doomsday scenario with more holes in it than Swiss cheese. This story represents the very real threat that we face, and a very real possibility of what could be in the works, especially with a new administration coming into office, and the terrorists propensity to strike during the transition year. The main character, Freed, is a fierce and dedicated counterterrorism officer who constantly has to struggle to perform his daunting task with members of the bureaucracy that is our government trying to rein him in and make his job more difficult. For those of you who are familiar with Gary Berntsen's story chronicled in Jawbreaker, this is familiar territory and The Walk-In provides even more real-life examples of how the bureaucratic network may be working against us as it was prior to 9/11. Even though it falls under the category of fiction, this book provides important information about some of the hot-spots in this global struggle against terrorism. The book is written masterfully, with eloquence and force, and it effectively changes gears to maximize the shock value in some of the most unexpected and stunning moments of the story. In The Walk-in, Berntsen and Pezzullo take you for the ride of your life, one that hopefully, will remain fiction.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.