Jeffrey Swystun

Top Reviewer Ranking: 19
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (483 of 545)
Location: Toronto & Mont Tremblant
In My Own Words:
It is amazing to be able to share reviews. And while it is not possible to award every book I read five stars, I never discount the efforts each author made to get their book written and to market. Please check out own works: StartUpped (satire), Name It (satire), Nothing is Lost (literary) & What Came Next (post-apocalyptic).

Reading (of course), writing, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, golf, sailing, military history, business history and the occasional scotch.

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 19 - Total Helpful Votes: 483 of 545
The Trident Deception by Rick Campbell
The Trident Deception by Rick Campbell
This is not my usual cup of tea. I am a fan of military fiction but prefer ground pounders like regular army or the special forces. The Trident Deception set up an amazing premise and plot involving a rogue group of Israeli intelligence experts that has prompted comparisons to Tom Clancy. These Mossad operatives hatch a tremendously ballsy and layered operation. Soon the USS Kentucky, a submarine with 192 nuclear warheads, receives a launch order. This sets off a well-paced, exciting race against time. The author weaves multiple plot lines with great competence, infuses just enough techno babble to be credible but loses a few points for length. Thankfully, I never felt too claustrophobic… Read more
The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir
The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir
Normally exploits in space and any reference to science and math would have me running the other way. In the case of The Martian I had to see what all the fuss was about and now admit that the fuss is well-placed. The book opens with an intriguing and terrifying premise, namely, being left behind. It reminded me a bit of the 1971 movie Man in the Wilderness starring Richard Harris. In this case the main character is incredibly inventive and capable, admirably optimistic and delightfully irreverent. Here are a few of Astronaut Mark Watney's comments:

If ruining the only religious icon I have leaves me vulnerable to Martian vampires, I'll have to risk it.

As with most… Read more
The Troop by Nick Cutter
The Troop by Nick Cutter
3.0 out of 5 stars High Expectations, April 6 2014
It happens frequently...something gets overhyped and then cannot live up to expectations. That was the case for The Troop. There is a ton of buzz around this book which I did enjoy but I kept waiting for a better development with each turned page. As a Canuck, I found the Canadian content cool and appreciated the insertion of interviews, news reports and other devices throughout. The book moves with speed and the plot intrigues, it is reminiscent of Smith's The Ruins but tended to be bogged down with stereotypical characters and uneven dialogue. Regardless, I smell a movie deal.

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