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Open Ebook Ebook Details
  • 05/2015
  • 9780992464141 B00VTQ9JRE
  • 324 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2015
  • 9780992464127 B00VTQ9JRE
  • 318 pages
  • $14.99
Ian Andrew
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Face Value: A Wright & Tran Novel
Ian Andrew, author
Kara Wright and Tien Tran, combat veterans of an elite intelligence unit, now make their living as Private Investigators. Often working the mundane, just occasionally they get to use all their former training. When siblings Zoe and Michael Sterling insist that their middle-aged parents have gone missing, Kara and Tien are at first sceptical and then quickly intrigued; the father, ex-intelligence analyst Chris Sterling, appears to be involved with an elusive Russian thug. Using less than orthodox methods and the services of ex-colleagues with highly specialised talents, Wright & Tran take on the case. But the truth they uncover is far from simple and will shake Zoe and Michael as much as it will challenge Tien and anger Kara. Anger she can ill afford for she is being hunted by others for the killing of a street predator who chose the wrong prey. The only constant in this darkening world is that nothing and no one can be taken at face value.

Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: This novel is superbly structured and skillfully paced. The only flaw is that the motivations for the first killing are almost entirely unexplored.

Prose: The writing is direct, smooth, and especially good during sequences of violence, car chases, and tactical decision making. The interrogation dialogue is much better than some of the expository dialogue, which gets a little flat at points.

Originality: This novel features great characters, a great villain, and good supporting characters, all of which make it feel fresh and help it stand out in a crowded market.

Character Development: Protagonists Kara Wright and Tien Tran are fully realized characters. Readers will want to know more about them and hope for future installments.

Blurb: Featuring gripping action and tight plotting, this supercharged novel keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

Date Submitted: June 21, 2017

Reviews
BookLife Prize Winner 2017

“Two unusual private investigators with classified backgrounds take on a seemingly straightforward case to track down missing parents. With taut writing, bone-crushing action, and a pace that never relents, this was a difficult read to put down and a worthy winner.” — Mark Dawson

The West Australian

Face Value, very different in theme to his first book, once again proves Andrew to be a versatile and gifted writer who delivers books that hold readers from beginning to end. With very well-constructed plots, Andrew delivers adrenaline and excitement laced with imaginative, innovative technology with memorable characters who provide heart and substance to his work.”
(Elaine Fry – The West Australian)

Formats
Open Ebook Ebook Details
  • 05/2015
  • 9780992464141 B00VTQ9JRE
  • 324 pages
  • $3.99
Paperback Book Details
  • 05/2015
  • 9780992464127 B00VTQ9JRE
  • 318 pages
  • $14.99

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