The Patriot Paradox

The Patriot Paradox

by William Esmont
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The Patriot Paradox by William Esmont

Ex-CIA analyst Kurt Vetter is no stranger to tragedy and loss. Swearing off any connections to a life he once lead, he retreats to South America on a self-imposed exile. But when he receives a mysterious package of encrypted files from his dead brother, he's drawn back into a dangerous world of deep state treason and espionage--a world he swore he'd left behind for good.
It's up to Kurt to uncover the message that his brother was desperate to convey--a message that could be the difference between life and death. When the files lead him across the world, he encounters Amanda Carter, an enigmatic woman linked directly to his brother, who just might have the information he needs to decipher what's hidden inside the files. Together, they uncover a plot far bigger than anything he ever anticipated--a rogue CIA mission to detonate a nuclear bomb.

But with time running out and his brother's assassins closing in, Amanda and Kurt must face this alone. With millions of innocent lives at stake, they race against the clock to stop the attack. If they fail, the results could be explosive.

Series Details:
Book 1 - The Patriot Paradox
Book 2 - Pressed
Book 3 - Blood in the Streets
or get all three book in one volume with The Kurt Vetter Trilogy

Product Details

BN ID: 2940011938580
Publisher: Devious Productions, LLC
Publication date: 10/10/2010
Series: The Reluctant Hero , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 268
Sales rank: 12,568
File size: 368 KB

About the Author

William Esmont lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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Patriot Paradox 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Joe05 More than 1 year ago
One of the first books I downloaded for my NC. I thought for 99 cents I really can't go wrong, right? Well I was more that surprised, it was a great read! I could not put it down. Can't wait to start reading "Self Arrest". If its half as good as this one I won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good writing and a great story.
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Great read
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Bookingly_Yours More than 1 year ago
To start with, the plot is remarkably good! Ex-CIA analyst Kurt Vetter has just lost his family - his wife and daughter over a road accident. He hasn't recovered yet from this loss, he receives another bad news. His brother, whom he loves so much, Mike Vetter was killed in a carjacking gone wrong. Well, that was the official cause of death though just before the funeral, a package was delivered to him containing a classified information - the package was from his dead brother (sent the day he was killed/murdered). According to the package, his brother found something at work he should not see, something he should have never touched and Kurt believes that this is the reason why Mike was killed. His brother instructed him to get in touch with Amanda Carter for she knows how to deal with this problem. Together they set out to uncover the truth behind the murder of Kurt's brother. I loved the plot of the story. This book is one of those books you just couldn't put down and I read the whole story in just 4-5 hours. This is action-packed with interesting plot and the characters are well-developed. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment! If you are into good political-espionage thriller, buy this book and satisfaction is guaranteed.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
Like most genre fiction, spy thrillers have their tried and true formulas, generally involving a conspiracy to uncover that left unchecked will mean, if not the end of the world, a disastrous outcome of some kind. Suspension of disbelief is required; is there any James Bond plot anyone truly believes could happen? I'm sure there are plot elements that push individual readers beyond what they're willing to believe, but readers prone to object to this probably stay away from the genre. Although spy thrillers are plot driven, my contention is that what differentiates one of the genre from another is how invested the reader gets in the main characters. If we care about them, we care about the story. "The Patriot Paradox" has three characters who are our potential heroes - Amanda Carter, and the brothers Kurt and Mike Vetter. Amanda is a riddle. We never learn much about her, and I only became invested in her because she was helping Kurt and appeared to be on his side. I suspect as we get to know her better in future books in the series this might change. It is the two brothers whom we identify with and want to see succeed. It might seem strange that Mike, who is murdered in the first chapter, is a character we're pulling for. However, Mike's shadow is always present. His example is constantly pushing Kurt to succeed so that his death won't have been in vain. This is something the reader will also want. The character of Kurt is a good person who has made mistakes and been through hell. His success is a kind of redemption we want him to achieve. Now I'm eager to see what is in store next for Kurt and Amanda. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
murphyslibrary More than 1 year ago
from Murphy's Library - rated 3 and a half there The Patriot Paradox is a great thriller. Kurt Vetter's brother, Mike, was a CIA agent who got caught with privileged information about a rough path of the CIA agency that was planning a big conspiracy against a country. With the evidence his brother gathered before getting killed, Kurt starts an emotional and rushed action trying to discover everything that lead to his brother death. The super intelligent Amanda Carter, Mike's friend, is there to help him. The book is too short for all the action it has. You never get a break, and the personal development of the characters, especially Kurt's, is affected by the narrative. It's touching to read Kurt's suffering with his brother's end, but it ended there. The character doesn't grow as a person. The conspiracy in this book is fabulous, the development of the action has a good beat and Amanda is a character so dynamic that she surprises you. The ending makes the reader be sure there's a sequel to come, and it is a little in the predictable side, but as a thriller it comes to a good end. I think if William get his characters development right, he will get into the point as a thriller writer, because his ideas and narrative are truly good. Waiting to read more of his work.
Stimulated-Outlet More than 1 year ago
I have to say, when I initially saw the length of this novel, I was skeptical about much could really lie within less than three thousand Kindle locations. Color me surprised, then, when Esmont delivered a hard, driven story with a complex conspiracy and an unexpected emotional range. This novel had me constantly agitated, afraid for the fates of various characters as rogue CIA agents set about eliminating obstacles to their nefarious plot. The amount of information gleaned from simple communications was astounding but surprisingly believable, and I found myself eying my cell phone suspiciously as I read, wondering if so simple a device would be the means by which Kurt and Amanda got caught. Was it? I'm not telling. Unlike many a thriller, Esmont delves into the tender side of his main character without forcing it. Kurt's initial homecoming was gut-wrenching despite its brevity, with a palpable sense of loss and despair. It made it easier to connect to him, something that becomes incredibly important when the protagonist is too busy running from killers to worry about forging a relationship with the reader. In spite of his skillful use of words, however, the author does seem to struggle with semicolons and commas, as well as quotation marks, as well as occasional redundancy. The punctuation tended to be off every so often, which was distracting but thankfully not intolerably so. The overuse of words was sporadic enough to be understandable. Still, a bit more proofing would definitely benefit the text. I did have some difficulty buying into the emotional connection between Kurt and Amanda, which seemed to switch from reasonable to far too fast, and therefore unbelievable, close to the end of the book. The finale itself was rushed, and the last few pages felt something like riding a go-kart down a steep hill with a very solid (and inappropriately placed) wall at the bottom: one second, you're having a wonderful, freeing ride, and the next, you're smashing into an unyielding surface and wondering what on earth just happened. The Patriot Paradox is a short but very worthwhile read, and I look forward to more works by this author. Stimulated Outlet Book Reviews (Review copy provided by the author)
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I don't read suspense novels anymore. It may be a good book - just not for me.