Book Review for WARNING LIGHT by David Ricciardi
WARNING LIGHT by David Ricciardi
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: An action packed thriller complete with chases, shoot-outs, and unbelievable getaways
I cannot remember the last time I read a book like WARNING LIGHT since went through my Ludlum phase. This fast paced CIA spy novel kept me flipping the pages anxious to see how Zac was going to get out of his latest predicament.
The story on its own is compelling and timely. With what is going on in the world today, having a thriller take place mostly in the Middle East opened the reader up to question if this all could be real. The way everything unravels, I felt an honesty to the writing. Now, whether or not this is entirely a creation of the author’s imagination or if it is in part pulled from real life, I don’t know. Truthfully, I don’t care because it was so good.
Here is the thing about novels centering around espionage. I want them to be believable, but I also want some crazy things to be happen. The unexpected twists and turns in this book brought it to a near addiction for me. I couldn’t put down the book. Then you add into the mix a completely relatable and smart agent with a cast of very diverse side characters. Everyone I met in this book made me want to learn more. I do have to give props to Ricciardi’s writing. The flow, speed, and evolution of the narrative were exactly what I hoping for.
Honestly, I am waiting for the author’s next book. If it is anything like this one, I know I will have one sleepless night in my future.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
No one knows what CIA desk jockey Zac Miller is capable of--including himself--when a routine surveillance job becomes a do-or-die mission in the Middle East.
When a commercial flight violates restricted airspace to make an emergency landing at a closed airport in Iran, the passengers are just happy to be alive and ready to transfer to a functional plane. All of them except one . . .
The American technology consultant in business class is not who he says he is. Zac Miller is a CIA analyst. And after an agent's cover gets blown, Zac--though never trained to be a field operative--volunteers to take his place, to keep a surveillance mission from being scrubbed.
Zac thinks it will be easy to photograph the earthquake-ravaged airport that is located near a hidden top secret nuclear facility. But when everything that can go wrong does, he finds himself on the run from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards and abandoned by his own teammates, who think he has gone rogue. Embarking on a harrowing journey through the mountains of Iran to the Persian Gulf and across Europe, Zac can only rely on himself. But even if he makes it out alive, the life he once had may be lost to him forever
About the Author: A keen outdoorsman, David Ricciardi incorporated many personal experiences into Warning Light. He's backpacked through the mountains of the western United States and Alaska, received extensive training from law-enforcement and US special operations personnel, and once woke up for a 2 AM watch aboard a sailboat only to discover that it was headed the wrong way through the Atlantic sea lanes in heavy weather, with one of the crew suffering from hypothermia. In addition to being an avid sailor, David is also a certified scuba rescue diver and a former ski instructor. Warning Light is his first novel.
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Berkley (April 17, 2018)