Reading a first novel by a first time author is a crap-shoot. You get those that are real stinkers but you keep plowing through because hope springs eternal that something, anything will make the book more than just a sleep-aid. Sleeper's Run by Henry Mosquera isn't one of those. It will make you call in sick to work and keep you riveted well into the wee hours because you can't wait to see what is going to happen to the hero Eric Caine next!
Eric is an Air Force Special Operations Command veteran, suffering from PTSD. He's brilliant, a trained killer, multilingual, a technical geek and handsome! When a casual meeting leads to international catastrophe, Eric is off on a whirlwind race from the United States to South America to Europe fraught with danger effort to clear his name.
The author has filled this book with fascinating covert forces information as well as some truly intriguing computer hacker tricks. I don't normally read espionage novels but I think Sleeper's Run has changed that.
I found Eric Caine to be a likeable and believable character. He's tormented by villains that are equally unlikeable yet equally believable. It seems to me that Mr. Mosquera has done extensive research to make his characters seem real. His authors note says that he also likes to get first-hand knowledge of some of his characters skills. If Henry Mosquera continues to write books as filled with computer geekery and martial arts, he'll be a force to be reckoned with at the keyboard and away from it!
I was given a free copy of Sleeper's Run in exchange for an honest review.