Misdirection is the first novel in a series of international crime thrillers by Martin Link. High-tech and action packed, this may seem like the stuff of science fiction; however, the series features amazing new technology that actually exist in the world today.
When we first encounter the series' narrator, Lucas Norton, he's riding his bicycle through a sleeting rain, heading to his office in the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) complex in Cheltenham, England.
Meet the new James Bond. He has all the high-tech toys Britain's MI5 security service has developed at his disposal, but he's just a regular guy dealing with a promotion and marital problems, in addition to one hell of a caper.
Lucas's first assignment at MI5 is to chase down a lead that consists of an e-mail containing four high-level keywords, a barely-intelligible phone call made from the same smartphone from which the e-mail was sent, and a cryptic numerical text.
From this limited amount of information, the team quickly surmises that, rather than an act of terror, as was first feared, this is a high-target heist, organized by a very sophisticated operation, and it is already in motion. The question is, where?
With each clever twist and turn of the story line, you will be trying to solve the case before Lucas and some of the world's best security experts do, as they chase down a daring plot to make off with $48 million-right under their noses. Despite all their technology and brainpower, MI5 is always one step behind the perpetrators.
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Good Crime Story with a Tech Touch
Sure. It's a quick listen/read of a good story with easy-to-like characters and interesting twists of misdirection just when the good guys seem about to catch the bad guys.
Same question asked twice?!?!!? Audible, you need to have someone proof the review templates.
Yes, the mystery/suspense was created well.
This was a one-day listen and a very interesting one, at that. I volunteered to listen to this audiobook through a Goodreads offer by the author. While I am not particularly drawn to mysteries or international crime stories, I am interested in trying out authors new to me and stepping out of my usual genre box. This worked quite nicely.
This is not only the first of a series, but also the author's debut novel. In this book, we meet MI5 Agent Lucas Norton on his first assignment. He and his team must follow up on an email that has caught the attention of both British and American Intelligence. From one clue leading to another question to another clue leading to more questions, the British team, lead by Norton, and an American team seem to be "misdirected" time and again from catching the high-tech bank robbers close to getting away with their theft of $48M from a US bank.
There is interesting technology used in the story which is apparently not stuff of science fiction, and some good old fashioned detecting, too.
This crime story could possibly be too low-tech for true techies, but to the average reader, this might just fit the bill.
This less than 200 page story was narrated by Chris MacDonnell and runs just under 6 hours. Mr. MacDonnell does a fine job with all the voices, male and female, and does a fine job with pacing, emotion and suspense in action.
- Pemberley Proud
Good Thriller with Great Narration