Wednesday, November 5, 2014
The Shiro Project - Blog Tour Review
The Shiro Project: A Consortium Thriller (book 2) by David Khara
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: France Blog Tours
Description: The horrors of World War 2 have never completely gone away for Eytan Morgenstern. A genetically engineered gentle giant, the Mossad agent finds himself racing to stop a mysterious group bent on mass destruction. With the help of his arch-enemy Elena and a Czech reporter Branislav Poborsky, Eytan must stop this group from killing more innocent people and to protect the person he cares for most.
Why I Picked This Book: This is out of my usual genre of reading but I found the premise intriguing and I wanted to step out of the box a little.
Pros: In an action oriented book I normally find that character development is one of the things that gets left out. The characters tend to be one dimensional, the good guys can't be beaten and the bad guys are villainous-ly evil. One of the things I loved most about this book was that this is the exception to that rule. Eytan is kind of awesome. He's this giant man who was basically designed to be a killing machine yet he lives by his code of ethics. He lets compassion for the innocent drive him instead of hatred for the enemy. He's funny, charismatic, watches Kung Fu movies in his free time but when he has too he can also kill 3 heavily armed soldiers in seconds. While Elena is less likable I did begin to empathize with her. The good guys were profiting from discoveries made in the most inhumane ways possible, the bad guys had some good intentions, The plot kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next and what would become of Elena and Eytan.
Cons: There was a lot of jumping around both in terms of location and timeline. While the change in locations was fun the changes in timelines made it feel a little disjointed. While all the flashbacks were helpful to character development, it always took me a page or two to get re-involved in the story.
Overall: While this wasn't perfect I really enjoyed this fast paced thriller. The characters were what really made this book enjoyable for me which I find unusual for this genre. This is the second book in the series but I had no problems jumping into the story. I didn't feel like not reading the first book impacted my enjoyment.
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: To be honest, while I was enjoying this book I kind of thought this answer would be no since it is a bit outside the box for me. However, when I put this book down I found myself wanting to know what was going to happen to Eytan next! So yes, I'll be reading more!
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes!