Saturday, October 6, 2012

Tripoli's Target, by Ethan Jones

I am growing to really enjoy Ethan Jones writing.  He brings good action, good scenario's, good characters together to bring a read that you will enjoy.  If you like spy novels, Tom Clancy, or Vince Flynn you will enjoy Ethan Jones.

His action hero's are agents who work for the Intelligence service of the Canadian Government, yeah that's right, the Canadians.  While we think that they are just the Northern neighbor's of the U.S. without much in the way of action we find that a different fact when reading Ethan Jones.

The story starts out with a very realistic look into the mind set of a terrorist who is part of a cell that is going to target Tripoli with multiple car bombs.  Their interest is to sew anxiety but also to create a diversion into what the group really wants to have happen.  Justin Hall and his fellow operatives come into the picture through a different project that they are working but soon discover that the stories are going to overlap.

The characters are well developed, the writing is crisp, the story timely and the action is non stop and well developed. 

There are many different sub plots that will be running through the work.  Such as the Romantic life of the operatives who are wanting to get back home, but keep getting pushed into another adventure.  Or the sub-plot that maybe Justin Hall's boss is actually trying to get him killed!  Maybe she has sold out her agents, or does it just appear that way?

Another sub-plot is how the agencies of different countries don't always get along.  The Israeli's are targeting terrorist, but don't care if a Canadian gets in the cross hairs.  The U.S. wants to protect their own interest but really don't care what the Canadians are finding out and that their work will add the Americans if they will just let them.

Oh, and don't forget the terrorist and wealthy Arab oil Barons.  Tripoli's Target is a great read, one that will keep you on the edge of your seat and will leave you wanting more.  Jones' first book, Arctic Wargame wsa good, but with this book you can see that he is developing his writing style and getting better and better.  Now I can't wait for the next book in the adventures of Justin Hall.