International Thriller. A female agent named Peacock is sent on a mission to woo and win the heart of the world’s most powerful powerbroker. Her job is to learn his secrets and foil his plans. Instead, she falls in love. A story of the balance of world financial power, betrayal, and romance.
What I can say is this is not your typical "thriller" or "spy novel." This will be unlike anything you have ever read--I know it was for me. I have finished it, and I am still not one hundred percent sure what happened or exactly how I feel about it. I am left with more questions than when I began.
I was greatly intrigued by the view of God in this book. I was often led to believe that Arthur Pendleton was a Christian and that possibly Peacock was too, or at least was at one point in her life. The view of God was that Jesus Christ was a real person, the Son of God, and he died for our sins. I struggled to understand how Arthur could believe that so strongly and still do the things he did. And it also seemed like he was the one who was trying to bring about an end to this world and true world peace. This definitely had some "End Times" elements as stated in the Bible, but nothing ended like I thought it might.
The love story between Peacock and Arthur was probably the strength of the book. I longed to continue the book so I could see the outcome of their relationship. I feel rather unfulfilled in that area, but I will give no spoilers. I was pleased that we never got an intimate look into their bedroom. Sex was implied between them and throughout other portions of the book, but nothing was detailed in that area.
I was also surprised at the relatively low use of profanity in the book. There was some mild profanity, but it was extremely limited. That made the book a much more enjoyable read than other books in this genre. It showed me that most of the time, rampant profanity is not important in advancing a story like this.
There are times that this story is rather hard to follow. It is sometimes rather scientific and technical, and it took me a while to keep the characters straight. For the most part, the characters were well-developed, and the intrigue was very will written.
It was most difficult to read about the violence in the book. I will be honest--I was finishing this book about the time of the terrible movie massacre in Colorado, and it was hard to read about the sometimes senseless violence in the book in light of the news. I cannot fault the author for that. But the violence is written in a simple, forthright way that sometimes shocked me.
I have chosen to give this book a rating of a four mainly because the book is written in a smart way, and it is highly unusual. It also has the moral features I mentioned earlier in the review. If you are looking for a book that is definitely different than anything you have ever read, you may want to check this book out.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
I’m a retired vice president from Wolters Search Firm who understands the role of social networking in marketing good books. I’ve been working at the craft of writing for four years. I’m a member several writers’ organizations and critique groups. I’ve published short stories and won contests. In May 2011, Room 1515 won first place in the Mystery, Suspense, Thriller category at the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation Conference. Both published and non-published authors entered fifty pages of an unpublished novel.