Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Writer's View: Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard


Welcome to today's Lethal Circuit blog tour, hosted by CBB Book Promotions!

About Lethal Circuit:

The Third Reich created many lethal weapons.
But none as lethal as this.


A lifetime ago, the Nazis nearly won the Second Word War.
They did it with the invention of a radical new technology.
Now, nearly 70 years later, the technology that would have won the war for Hitler is about to be revealed to the world. If it is, everything that we know will be transformed forever.

The Green Dragon Group will stop at nothing to keep this from happening. Watching events unfold from high above Tokyo, the Green Dragons are good at keeping secrets. Since their first meetings in the days of the Samurai they've hidden their radical beliefs while at the same time keeping a firm grip on global power. And the Dragons have hidden more than their beliefs. They've also hidden the secret Nazi technology from the prying eyes of the outside world.

But as everyone knows, nothing stays hidden forever.

Nobody understands this better than Michael Chase. Michael came to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Now, caught in the crossfire on the wrong side of the tracks, Michael finds himself staring down the first clue to his father's whereabouts.

Crouched in the shadows, Kate Shaw watches. Her job is to find the Nazi weapon and she intends to use Michael to help her, with or without his consent.

Together, they travel to mainland China in a race to unravel a global conspiracy and learn the truth about the hidden Nazi device. But they need to be careful and they need to work quickly. Because they aren't the only ones looking. And if they don't hurry, the Nazi technology that has remained secret for so long will rain down from the sky, killing millions of innocent men, women, and children in the process.

Michael and Kate can stop this from happening. But only if they can work together. And only if they can stay alive.

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I had the fortune of being asked to participate in the audio book tour review of Lethal Circuit by Lars Guignard. Though this isn't my typical read, I couldn't pass up a book set in China. I was not disappointed!

This is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller. The basic plot is this: Michael Chase, a man in his mid-twenties, packs his bags and heads to China to investigate the death of his father. Along the way, he finds himself caught up in a plot to uncover a fusion reactor created by the Nazis and hidden in a remote area of China for safekeeping during WWII.

The strength of this novel is its setting, pacing, and plot. The story takes off at break-neck speed in chapter one and does not slow down until the end. The author did an excellent job making me feel like I was actually in China while I was reading. I love books that can transport me to another place.

The overall feel is the larger-than-life plot you see in action/thriller movies like Die Hard, 007, and Indiana Jones. I happen to be a fan of stories with far-fetched, fantastically imagined plots, so I had no trouble getting into this book. If you tend to like your thrillers a bit more on the realistic side, I'm not sure this would appeal as much.

Gotcha Ending

I ended up giving this book a 4 stars. It was a 5 star up until the very end. I don't want to give away the ending, but let's just say the reader is duped from the very beginning. Since the majority of the story was written from the perspective of Michael Chase, the secret being withheld from the audience doesn't play well. But it doesn't diminish the overall fun of this story.

Over all this was a great read. I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.

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3 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed this one too! I didn't mind the ending too much, I felt like I should have guessed something sooner so I suppose I felt a little stupid. But it wasn't something that really upset me. At the same time I can see how people wouldn't like being tricked.
    Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop Camille!

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    1. I'm just an uber picky reader! But overall this was a super-fun read and I really enjoyed it. Thanks for inviting me to host!

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  2. Thanks for the review! Cheers, Lars

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