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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Conspiracy in Kiev by Noel Hynd

I'm always skeptical about international intrigue and "suspense". This is the first book I've read by Noel Hynd, and I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised.
Alex is a government agent who likes to work dangerous missions. So when her mission is to travel to Kiev, Ukraine to shadow a ruthless Ukrainian terrorist, she takes the job immediately. Her fiancee, Robert joins her on this mission as well.
Then there is an air raid and several key characters die in it. This is probably the highlight of the book. But then, after a journey of grief, Alex embarks on a useless trip to South America that's only purposes are to make the book longer than it would be and to show off Hynd's knowledge of South America.
The end is the most disappointing part, which includes a false death scene and the furtherment of a replacement romance. But the book has a good dialogue end.
Alex is a very strange character. She is bordering on a non-character. The author portrays her as a perfect character, only she has one flaw: she has often bursts of anger. The author dismisses this as "righteous indignation". There's an awful lot of it.
All in all, there are many good things about this book, including who the villain really is. And there are many bad things about this book, including the nonsensical title and the general blandness of the plot. And this trilogy should not be called the Russian trilogy because the characters never set foot is Russia.
But this book is still probably worth reading.
3 stars

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