Title: Hill 170
Author: Michael Barclay
Publisher: MKB Publishing
Publish Date: April 27, 2011
Source: Received a copy from the author. This did not affect my review.
Why You're Reading This Book:
What's the Story?:
- You like military thrillers.
- You like sort of adventure stories.
From Goodreads.com: "China, North Korea, South Korea and the United States - the major forces in the world’s most dangerous stand off.
Sergeant Dodge Bryce and the small team of USAF intelligence ops on Hill 170 keep the region safe. But who will keep them safe when a shocking incident costs the group fully one third of their number - overnight?
Now gravely short handed, the Hill faces its ultimate worst case scenario - a PRC spy in their midst. And Bryce - his remarkable string of intel discoveries having cost the PRC too much - is now the #1 target of China’s master assassin.
It’s a race against the clock as East and West square off in a chillingly authentic story of defections, betrayals and clandestine intelligence operations that you will never forget."
My Two Cents:
In the afterword, Michael talks about how he based some of the book on his own experiences in the United States Air Force. I thought that it was really cool how he was able to turn some of his experiences into a story. I think it really helped him give some good detail about the different characters and the different situations that they deal with. Since the characters are dealing with difficult and also very dangerous situations, it's helpful to have someone writing about these situations who have been there and done that.
One down side is that there are a lot of things that need to be explained in a certain way so that people outside of the world spoken about in the book can understand what is going on. I really felt lost at some points. There were a lot of things that I just really didn't understand what was going on. I thought there were several points that could have been shown rather than told. It's a hard line to walk between not dumbing things down too much and making sure that your readers can follow everything.
This book was also outside of the normal genres that I usually read which admittedly could have also affected to what I did or did not follow.
Bottom line: This book would probably be a good book for those who like military thrillers.
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