Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Rogue Agent / Sean Sweeney

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Thriller

Approximate word count: 100-105,000 words


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A life-long Red Sox fan, newspaper sportswriter Sean Sweeney lives in North Central Massachusetts. When not covering Fitchburg High School sports or writing his latest novel, this prolific author can be found trying to pass himself off as a Brit in the Kindle forum on Amazon UK, obsessively tweeting, and playing with Carmel the Wonder Cat. His favorite hobby is napping.


With heightened security, the 2012 London Olympics were going to be the safest ever. When terrorists bomb Wembley Stadium during the Olympic soccer tournament and an al-Qaeda agent claims responsibility, the President of the United States volunteers ace CIA operative Jaclyn Johnson to help MI5 root out the terrorists and save the games.


We first met Johnson, a female James Bond, in Model Agent. As with Bond, Johnson has a technologically advanced bag of tricks and seems ready for anything. Bond’s villains are often over-the-top, almost enough to consider satire; such was the case with the villain in Model Agent. In Rogue Agent the villains are all too possible. Although bin Laden is dead, the organization he headed continues. The plot the terrorists have in this story, while ambitious, is far from unimaginable.

In this second book of the Jaclyn Johnson, code name Snapshot series, Sweeney takes us on a fast paced thrill ride as Jaclyn tries to stop additional terrorist attacks and bring those responsible to justice. I found Rogue Agent an even better read than Model Agent. Jaclyn is more emotionally involved in this case because her parents had died in the al-Qaeda attacks on 9/11. Her reactions to the events in Rogue Agent made me feel as if I was getting to know the character better. The political ramifications of a US agent operating on foreign soil assisting the British intelligence service made for a complex, yet more realistic plot. For several hours of action packed escapism, it doesn’t get much better than Rogue Agent.

Format/Typo Issues:

As a beta reader I evaluated based on a pre-publication version and can’t evaluate the final version in this area.

Rating: ***** Five stars


Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, 5 stars. And a book in my state of MA.

William L.K. said...

Fantastic review!

Imogen Rose said...

On my TBR!