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Rodger Carlyle
Author
The Eel And The Angel

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

America and China are developing secret weapons that will forever change the balance of power. Young Navy analyst Chad Gritt discovers the Chinese are using an undetectable spying system, code named EEL, to monitor every American development, except for America’s most important secret: Arctic Angel. The CIA’s analysts and whiz kids apply every cyber technique in their arsenal and still know nothing about the Chinese technology. Realizing that the only chance to unmask the threat is old fashioned field work, the CIA director recruits the eccentric former CIA operative Thadius Walker to help.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 5 out of 10
Overall: 6.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Carlyle’s political plot is intricate and stealthy. His novel is quickly paced, and the storyline overflows with plausible but exhilarating twists.

Prose/Style: Carlyle’s expertly fashioned prose bolsters his political thriller. The writing drives the plot’s breakneck speed with procedural rhetoric and well-turned phrasing.

Originality: The Eel and the Angel hits all the marks of a political thriller, although well-seasoned readers may predict the ending as it speeds to a close.

Character Development/Execution: Carlyle’s characters fit smoothly into the thriller genre but are lacking in profoundness. Thad Walker is the ultimate hard-edged military hero, while most of the other characters play equally supportive, but not memorable, roles.

Date Submitted: July 28, 2021

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