Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (July 7, 2015)
The phone rings and the offer is made, leaving you only seconds to decide. Betray your country, or watch your family drop dead before your eyes.
After the Iron Curtain’s collapse, Russia appears to be finished as a superpower. But KGB general Vasily Karpov is secretly working to restore Russia’s status by forcing Americans into traitorous acts of espionage and sabotage, with the aid of a new secret weapon. Meanwhile, his biggest target is within Russia, where Karpov is plotting to capture the Kremlin for himself.
Former US soldier and spy Alex Ferris becomes the first to fathom Karpov’s grand plans. Racing from San Francisco to Siberia, Alex must elude ambushes, assassins, and death from exposure as he wages a one-man war against a growing global threat and the resurgence of the Soviets.
“Tim Tigner is a masterful storyteller with a nose for intrigue and a careful eye for historical detail. Set in the aftermath of the collapse of the Iron Curtain, his latest book, “Coercion,” is a compelling tale of espionage and betrayal, one that will leave its readers wanting more.” — James A. Baker, III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State
I felt a bit lost in the beginning of the book when the main characters Alex discovered that his brother Frank is dead and that there is a mole in the company that Frank worked at and he discovers that the mole is forced to cooperate. And, then someone tried to kill Alex. It got a bit clear after a bit when more of the reason behind his brother's death was revealed and why just Alex was the one that pretty much goaded to Siberia.
As a thriller was it quite good with lots of action, not any boring parts that dragged the story down. I found the book perfect to read for when you are in need of something fast-paced to read. The book has short chapters that kept the story going forward. When it comes to adventure and thrillers then there should be short cliffhanger types of chapters that make you read chapter after chapters because you need to find out more about what is going on.
The one thing in the book that kind of bothered me was that it was a bit too easy for Alex, at least I felt that way. Everything just happens to just go his way all the time. I mean in Siberia he manages to find the one person, a woman that has lost a brother in a “accident” that is a bit suspicions and seems to have connection to the man that his behind Alex brother Franks death. She is also being courted by the same man. That felt just a bit too much coincident for my liking. So even though I did enjoy reading the book, it just never really got that intense to read and the ending felt a bit like a typical movie ending, a perfect set-up for for the next book (if there is a next book).
But nerveless it was a good book and I would like more books by Tim Tigner. But I hope for a more intense story.
Tim began his career in Soviet Counterintelligence with the US Army Special forces, the Green Berets. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tim switched from espionage to arbitrage. Armed with a Wharton MA rather than a Colt M16, he moved to Moscow in the midst of Perestroika. There he lead prominent multinational medical companies, worked with cosmonauts on the MIR Space Station (from Earth, alas), chaired the Association of International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, and helped write Russia’s first law on healthcare.
Moving to Brussels during the formation of the EU, Tim ran Europe, Middle East, and Africa for a Johnson & Johnson company and traveled like a character in a Robert Ludlum book. He eventually landed in Silicon Valley, where like minds with wild ideas come to congregate around the creation of (nightmares and) dreams. Now he launches new medical technologies as a startup CEO, and devises devious devices for fictional characters who aim to change the world.
Tim grew up in the Midwest and Europe, earning a BA from Hanover College and then a MBA in Finance and a MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He now lives with his wife Elena and their two daughters in Northern California.
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