COERCION: A THRILLER ~Tim Tigner
Coercion is definitely fast paced and quite the page-turner. I read it over a two-day period of time and found it hard to put the Kindle down and do something else or sleep. TLC Book Tours had the author send me an advanced e-copy of the book in order to review the writing and story; to share my thoughts with you the reader. The author also sent me an email and included some personal insight to the story, which made me want to dive right in and start reading. I know many of my readers will certainly like this story and the incredible pace.
Tigner shared this background material in the email,
“I’d like to take this opportunity to pass along a bit of background that you won’t find on the cover. I worked in Soviet Counterintelligence during the Cold War, and then lived in Moscow throughout perestroika. What an odd and humbling experience it was, to watch a superpower crumble. It got me thinking about what one man could have done to prevent it, if he was prescient, and resourceful, and ruthless enough. Coercion was the result. “
So here we are reading a fast paced, thriller, about International spying and the stealing of technology and along comes a human story about how individuals are being affected by the process. I had a hard time with the psychopath character in the book using children to control their parents and keep the whole process moving forward. It made me feel sick and as though it was possible. Maybe that was a sure sign that the writing was good and believable. Of course, there was a super hero and his nasty adversary, but how could a human run so far in a snowstorm at such extreme temperatures, survive and still do some “Kick ass” maneuvers? This made the story about super humans and definitely movie material. Very entertaining and intriguing ideas about political activities and a countries real strength, and I was very happy the female figure was so smart and capable.
Karpov was certainly ruthless enough to put his plan into motion and he was defending his beloved Russia and I could find parallels to the Old Fossil Fuel Fogies in our neck of the woods right now, all those folks who want to keep white privilege and old school tech and greed the working model for us today. The individual citizen is just collateral damage. The resistance to change and the consequences of all the people caught in the crossfire was dramatic. More fun because the story was about super powers and yet the fantasy touched so many lives in our current circumstances. Good escape and powerful read.
From the book more about the author:
Tigner began his career as a Green Beret in Counterintelligence and did a great deal of globetrotting during the formation of the EU. He eventually landed in Silicon Valley as a start up CEO on the cutting edge of medical technology. He does a number of outdoor adventures including parachuting, hang gliding, mountain climbing, and walking the Serengeti and currently lives in the San Francisco area with his wife and daughters. He has written at least 2 other thrillers.