Choke Point (Risk Agent Series #2)

Choke Point (Risk Agent Series #2)

by Ridley Pearson

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ISBN-13: 9780399158841
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Series: Risk Agent Series , #2
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.34(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ridley Pearson is the author of more than two dozen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Risk Agent, In Harm’s Way, Killer Summer, Killer View and Killer Weekend; the bestselling Lou Boldt crime series; and many books for young readers. He lives with his wife and two daughters, dividing his time between St. Louis, Missouri, and Hailey, Idaho.

Hometown:

St. Louis, Missouri

Date of Birth:

March 13, 1953

Place of Birth:

Glen Cove, New York

Education:

Kansas University, B.A., Brown University

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 Praise for CHOKEPOINT

"John Knox and Grace Chu (The Risk Agent) return in another high-stakes international thriller set this time in Amsterdam…. Pearson has written another compelling thriller. Knox and Chu are protagonists who engage the reader…. A winner.”
Library Journal

"[Chu and Knox] make a good team, with his brawn and her brains, as they fight and kill their way to the top of the child-abuse cabal. Plenty of action and some steamy sex help make the pages fly by."   —Publishers Weekly 

"It's obvious why Pearson has earned praise as thriller grand master; the pacing is flawlessly anxiety ridden, and the investigative elements are richly layered."
Booklist

 
 Praise for THE RISK AGENT

 
 
“Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai…and filled with breathtaking suspense. …Famous for his plotting and attention to details, Pearson is off to a great start with his compelling and multilayered new protagonists.”

Library Journal (starred) 

“A cunning thriller worthy of the promised series… Exotic locale. Credible heroics. Vicarious thrills. Fans will want more, and soon.” 
Kirkus Reviews

“Pearson, who lived with his family in Shanghai for a year, has created an intense and realistic thriller. The atmosphere and culture of China draw readers into a new world.... With “The Risk Agent,” he has a great start to what appears to be a new series.”
Associated Press

"Forensic accountant Grace Chu is a cool, whip-smart beauty trained in the Chinese military. John Knox is a combat veteran with focus and ferocity in equal measure....Pearson renders steady suspense and a vibrant portrait of a city that blends history, mystery, and a remarkably resilient citizenry."
Booklist 
 

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Choke Point 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
gloriafeit More than 1 year ago
In the second novel in what is billed as an “international thriller series” (“Risk Agent” was the first entry), Ridley Pearson brings the return of John Knox, a man who has a useful ‘cover’ as a legitimate international exporter, and Grace Chu, a Chinese woman who was a former forensic accountant but has “recently proven herself a quick study of computer hacking.” She also holds a master’s degree in criminology from USC and, because of her former training with the Chinese Army, “is no slouch in field ops.” The fact that she speaks five or six languages is only a plus. They are both now occasionally employed by Rutherford Risk, a private security firm. The book takes place for the most part in Amsterdam, although it opens briefly in Tunisia, where John is plying his trade, that is, until his old buddy David “Sarge” Dulwich finds him and coaxes him to take on a job in Amsterdam. Their long-standing friendship goes back to the days when they were both working for a private contractor based out of Kuwait where John saved Sarge’s life, twice (once when the truck in which he was riding was hit by an IED). Both John and Grace find themselves becoming addicted to their new calling, their former professions seeming to have been a waste of their talents, and the adrenaline rush undeniable. Their new assignment deals with child exploitation. They are joined, in a somewhat ambivalent relationship, by Sonia Pangarkar, a gorgeous reporter working on a story about “the poorer neighborhoods of Amsterdam and the European struggle with immigrants.” More than that, it is about a ring of men “who kidnap ten-year-olds and chain them to posts and make them work 18-hour days” in what are called “knot shops,” i.e., sweatshops where intricately hand-knotted Oriental rug knockoffs are made, with quantity demanded. And that’s the least horrific part of it. Rutherford Risk was called in as the work is seen as “typically unwanted by, or too dangerous for, others.” But Knox and Grace thrive on just that. Thrillers are not, generally, my favorite sub-genre. But the author’s name beckoned to me. The book is undeniably exciting and suspenseful, densely plotted, and the three main characters very intriguing. It makes for enjoyable, good reading.
Laced More than 1 year ago
First, let me say that I have loved Ridley Pearson's books for years. I made it through the first book in this series and thought, okay, he has set the scene for the next one, and it will be more enjoyable. It is not. I cannot even bring myself to finish it, and that is saying something for me. I read and listen to several books a week, but I give up on this series. Please, please go back to the Lou Boldt and Walt Fleming series. They are far superior to this plodding series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series keeps getting better. The two protagonists play well off each other and have great chemistry. A great summer read! Hoping for more.
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