True Patriots Paperback – Feb. 29 2020
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- Item Weight : 500 g
- Paperback : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1459745701
- ISBN-13 : 978-1459745704
- Product Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.54 x 20.32 cm
- Publisher : Dundurn (Feb. 29 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #417,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
[The book] is well-written and exciting... easy and enjoyable to read., Western Standard
About the Author
Russell Fralich is a business professor and writer and has worked in the aerospace and telecommunications industries. He received an emerging author award at the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival in 2017. Russell lives in Montreal.
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Centre to the story is an approaching referendum in Alberta to separate from Canada. There is a fringe group of right-wing extremists with criminal intent who will resort to terrorism to meet their goals.
There was much to enjoy and admire in the writing, but I felt that it included many technical terms which made the story feel authentic but might distract from the thrills and suspense for some readers. There were so many names for different types of weapons, unfamiliar navigational terms and acronyms which slowed the pace.
The locations appealed to me as they were original and unique to this type of action thriller. Most of the events, including smuggling, explosions, and killings occur in or around Halifax, or in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, but the criminal activities lead back to Alberta. Descriptions of hand to hand fighting were very well done, but larger battle descriptions were diluted for me by all the names of weapons involved.
The story gets off to an exciting, gripping start. Claire Marcoux, a naval officer, commands a warship off the coast of Nova Scotia. Her ability is in doubt because of her inexperience, and the fact she is young and female. There is a storm raging in the Atlantic, and they spot a fishing vessel which seems to be in danger. Claire’s intent is to rescue it, but the ship opens fire on them and an overhead helicopter. Claire orders her men to return fire, and the vessel sinks and its cargo is lost with no survivors. The speculation is that it must have been smuggling something of great value which they didn’t want discovered. Claire is either going to be commended for heroic action or lose her naval commend for rash, impulsive orders.
David Ritter is living a quiet life as an economics professor after leaving a shadowy past in China where he was involved in international business. He has secret, special skills. He has a TV show based on his expertise in business and economics. One day he receives a call from a wealthy entrepreneur requesting a meeting in his hotel room. David arrives just after the man has been murdered, and he witnesses the killer leaving. This puts him in danger, the target of a ruthless hitman.
When David and Claire meet in Halifax, they realize that events they have witnessed may be connected, and they gradually learn that much seems to lead back to the upcoming Alberta referendum on separation from Canada.
I thought both David and Claire were strong, intriguing characters and would hope for another book featuring them which I would definitely read.
A good debut novel leaves me looking forward to more adventures of these two main characters.