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The Patriot Paradox: An International Spy Thriller [Kindle Edition]

William Esmont
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Conscience can be a killer.

A plot to kill a nation, hatched by a secret cabal of ex-cold warriors intent on finishing the war that defined their existence.

One man, who in a crisis of conscience, passes information about the plot to his brother, a shattered soul living on the edges of society.

When Kurt Vetter learns of his brother's murder, he has no idea how far he will travel, how much he will sacrifice, in order to uncover the truth. With the help of Amanda Carter, a shadowy figure from his brother's past, he races across the globe, staying one step ahead of a trained assassin, in a desperate bid to prevent the unthinkable from becoming reality.

EDITORIAL REVIEWS:

Jennifer Shaw of Book Noise had this to say about The Patriot Paradox:

"Esmont can tell an action packed story like you wouldn't believe. The pace is set from page one and never let's up. I was concerned at first that references to the details of the CIA might get a little to detailed and cause me to lose interest but that didn't happen. Esmont definitely found a balance that allows anyone to pick up this novel and enjoy every page."

Leslie Wright of blogcritics.org writes "This is a great story by William Esmont, it is fast paced and gripping in areas. It is thought provoking and keeps you entertained. The characters blaze their way, and will be fun to follow in further works. If you like action and spy thrillers you will enjoy this rendition. Well Written, this book keeps you turning the pages. Once started I found it hard to put down."

Shelleyrae of book'd out Book Reviews and News said "Despite the non stop action, Esmont has taken care to develop believable characters, providing enough context for the reader to build a sense of their motivations. I did feel Kurt’s characterisation could probably have been stronger in that he seemed to move with the plot rather than direct it. His partnership with Amanda puts him in a passive role, particularly in the last half of the novel. I liked Amanda’s attitude, when Kurt brings her the information. She doesn’t hesitate to do the right thing and is smart and determined.
The Patriot Paradox is an engaging action spy thriller that has a great sense of timing. It’s a quick and exciting read, sure to satisfy the reader, especially at its bargain price of just 99 cents."

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 358 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Devious Productions, LLC; 2 edition (7 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046LU8VK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,520 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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William Esmont lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife and a collection of dogs and cats. When not writing, he can be found hiking or cycling in the desert.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Furiously paced, yet surprisingly deep 22 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Patriot Paradox 31 July 2011
By BigAl TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
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. **
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nearly there 25 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Pretty enjoyable read but as the other reviews have mentioned, the ending is all a bit rushed and lets down what was super fast paced thriller until then.

Needs a bit more detailed research on the European side if not to irritate European readers. The whole storyline around leaving the UK and going to France, real literary license taken here with regard to stealing the car and fooling customs. Passengers are required to stay with their cars, you can't walk off and leave an empty car.( Major security issue ) Customs is not in fact on arrival in France it is on departure from the UK, you drive straight off the train and join the road network in France.

The author, I suggest wrongly believes all of Europe to be corrupt. We had the main characters bribing a booking clerk in the UK, followed by bribing a travel agent in France and finally a customs officer in Russia. I will give you Russia but the UK and France? just doesn't happen.

All in all pretty good stuff and nothing that would stop me buying another book by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story 11 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Good story, a little disjointed in parts the plot lines could have been tied together better, but still a good entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rapid ride through the world of espionage 29 April 2011
Format:Paperback
This may appear to be a relatively short book as thrillers go but my god it packs a punch. The story follows Kurt Vetter as he tries to deal with the lose of his brother and the subsequent conspiracy he gets drawn into as he receives a disc of classified information which cost his brother his life. Although the story has been told in various guises before (but then again that's that what thrillers are all about, the government conspiracies and the little guy battling against their huge might and resources) but Esmont writes with a style that just sucks you in and brings you along for the ride, occasionally letting you taking a breath.

The character development is superb in parts with Vetter homecoming showing the depth of grief and lose without being overwhelming or excessive in any way. However the fast pace of the book limits the potential to develop some of the lesser characters and so they are presented in a more sterotypical manner, but this doesn't detract from the story at all and it actually allows Esmont to keep the adrenalin rush going by not bogging down the reader with unnecessary details.

The use of modern events makes the book all the more real and the amount of information cleaned from various personal technology items is seriously worrying (I'm never going to look at my phone and computer the same way again) and mildly creepy. This adds a further dimension of realism to the book as the most basic and common of domestic items become weapons in their own right.

The book's climax may be a little on the short and slightly rushed side but it still retains its impact as Vetter (and the reader) hurtles towards almost certain annihilation before hitting the brick wall of the finale.
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