- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: e-reads.com (24 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1617560995
- ISBN-13: 978-1617560996
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,200,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mercy Mission Paperback – 24 Mar 2011
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Followers of this entertaining series find Rich working for a US Senator as a military affairs aide. Marine Corporal Thomas Richardson, the son of a major Party Chairman in the Senator's home state, is among those killed in a street-side ambush in Guatemala City. The Chairman wants to know why. The book opens with an honest look at the trials and temptations young Marines face in providing security to American diplomatic posts. There is plenty of 'corrupt state' and CIA misadventures to season the plot as well. I recommend this heartily to Thriller readers.
As with each Christie book I have read, editorial problems with wrong words crop up to challenge the reader: what word was intended? Computerized spell-checkers are 'the Devil's tool' where writers rely on them too much.
The reason I liked this book is that it gives a realistic and detailed look at a skilled jungle expert in action. For fans of the "Political Intrigue" genre, there is a subplot involving the C.I.A. and their operatives in Latin America.
If you're looking for a "No-Dames" man's adventure, you may be disappointed, because this book has a romantic interest. Publishers, I'm told, usually demand that one be tacked on to improve sales demographics. This one, however, is integral to the story, because the way Welsh teaches his female companion to survive in the jungle is one of the book's most interesting aspects.
Another eye-opener is the author's cynical - and probably accurate - attitude toward the way third-world nations manipulate environmental and human rights concerns in their dealings with the U.S., and his observations on the way their society works compared to ours. If you don't appreciate living in the U.S. at the start of the book, you will at the end.
What an exciting and well written book. I'm exhausted from the tension of trying to escape the jungle with the main characters. I felt like I was there with them. You write like you have lived it all yourself. Amazing story and the details make it all so real. I can't wait to read the next book of yours. And I will be today...I have them all. Now I can look forward to the next book you have coming out once it's published.