The Shadow Rider: A Crooked Piece of Time by Dave Dragon (Reviewed by Derek, #NerdGirlDad)

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Title: The Shadow Rider: A Crooked Piece of Time

   Author: Dave Dragon

   Published Date: March 30, 2014

   Genre:  Thriller


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Louis Parker travels the continent on his motorcycle, writing and blogging his adventures, though it’s all a cover for his raison d’être: private and corporate mechanics of the terminal variety. When his long-time friend and former agency controller, Nathan Malone, discovers there has been a hit placed on his own life, Louis must deal with the threat in his highly trained and objective manor — extreme prejudice.

Nathan and Louis uncover a deep conspiracy by the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate to assassinate the President and Vice President. The Speaker was once Nathan’s boss at CIA. Now he’s cleaning house ahead of a run for the White House, ridding himself of the skeletons left in the wake of his 30+ years of corruption while in the service of the United States.

In his position, the Speaker has literally hundreds of potential co-conspirators in place at FBI, CIA and Secret Service, so there is no one Louis and Nathan can trust while dealing with this assassination and coup plot that’s unfolding around them.

With the clock ticking down, they must neutralize this devastating threat before the annihilation of the US Government happens live on international television.

paragraph divider 18***Derek, #NerdGirlDad’s Review***

I believe this to be the debut novel of a new outstanding talent. Dave Dragon tells the story outlined in the synopsis very well and I recommend that you read it. That said. I’m certain that when you read the fourth or fifth novel to come from this author you will see that his talent has matured.

I note that other reviewers have loved the story – as I did – and rated it five stars. Personally I only rarely give five stars, and that is when I can find absolutely nothing that I feel could have been improved. In this case the last quarter of the book, whilst tying up all the loose ends was not up to the standard of the first three quarters: it was almost as though he wanted to get it finished. Do remember, though, that this is only my opinion, and I still advise you to read it.

‘A Crooked Piece of Time’ is excellent, with a good plot, well-constructed and with believable characters. We are introduced to the Shadow Rider, Louis, and his handler friend Nathan. Before you are a quarter of the way through it you will know them well and want to continue to read about their joint adventures. I was hooked by then and finished it in one session of about three hours.

I look forward to further tales of ‘The Shadow Rider’.

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