Review: The Shadow Protocol by Andy McDermott

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Publisher: Dell
Publishing Date: January 2014
ISBN: 9780345537065
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Rating: 1.0/5.0

Publishers Description: Adam Gray is a cipher, a disciplined loner conditioned not to betray a single emotion. Part of an elite team spearheaded by a brilliant neuroscientist, Gray is a covert agent armed with PERSONA, a device that allows him to copy the brain patterns of the terrorists and operatives he meets in the field. For twenty-four hours he can recall their memories. He can know every detail of their plans. He can be America’s worst enemy—before he’s back to being Adam Gray again.

Review: I have always enjoyed the Eddie Chase/Nina Wilde series as a form of secret reading indulgence. Kind of an epic adventure-fest coupled with somewhat shallow character development. The way the story-lines are crafted you soon forget the flaws and enjoy yourself.

The Shadow Protocol starts off as an interesting read. The technological premise, if not in use already, makes you think that the developmental probability is high. The action scenes are well developed and the movement from scene to scene captures your interest.
I got to the 16% mark of this novel and determined that I could not finish it. Here is why. The author (whom is from England) starts making cracks at America and Americans in general by vetting political positions through his characters. For instance:

Americans think that anyone to the left of Thatcher is a communist….People over here start screaming ‘Socialism!’ about policies that even the most right-wing government in Europe would consider a bit extreme. I don’t know if it is funny or scary. “When it comes to American politics, it’s both.”

My political position notwithstanding, I really can’t stand when foreign authors sling their own brand of political shjt across the pond in the form of fiction. They use this convenient little vehicle as a soapbox to point fingers and lay blame without fear of rebuttal. They know nothing about America, Americans in general or the complex political landscape we find ourselves in with the current polarization crisis. My advice has been to many authors, by direct communication, is to leave your political bullshjt opinions to yourself, as it ruins a novels veracity.

The author is kind of a two-faced fool. He writes in a genre that currently gives the biggest buck for this particular bang (CIA, Military, anti-terrorism), and still finds the time to talk shjt about America.

If the author would look to his own EU poly/econo situation, he might find that his exhortations are better spent in getting his own ship in order. Oh, almost forgot, the cover-art looks like a trapped monkey in an animal testing laboratory.

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