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Sunday, April 8, 2018

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Warning Light by David Ricciardi @berkleypub @ricciardibooks #prhpartner

Warning Light
by David Ricciardi

Proud to be today's stop on the BLOG TOUR for Warning Light!
I just love being able to read a debut novel and give thoughts on someone's first baby. 
Continue below for a synopsis, about the author and my review!

Publisher:  Berkley 
Publishing:  April 17, 2018
336 pages
Genres:  Thriller, Mystery

When a commercial aircraft makes an emergency landing at an Iranian military base, it looks like a crisis has been narrowly avoided. But for undercover intelligence analyst Zac Miller, the CIA-staged crash landing is the only part of his assignment that goes right.

What was supposed to be a simple surveillance mission quickly heads south when the Iranians apprehend the smooth-talking American. Never trained to be a field operative, Zac's in over his head, especially when it turns out escaping from captivity is only the beginning of his problems. On the run across Europe from both Iranian agents and Western authorities who are convinced he's defected, Zac finds himself fighting for his life, with no guarantee he'll even have one to go back to...

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.

My Review:

A moderately paced, solid espionage thriller that is a one continuous chase, as stated on the back cover.  Ricciardi brings a lot to the table in this debut.  After the plane makes an unexpected stop in Iran, Zac is questioned, taken prisoner and tortured.  Once he sees an opportunity to escape, he takes it.  Now he has to face the elements, cover his tracks and keep on the move so he can get to safety alive.

While this isn't the typical type of thriller I usually pick up, it was an easy and fun read.  The only issue I had with it was some plausibility issues.  For not being a trained field operative, he certainly was able to easily assess a situation and then make necessary moves.  On top of this, he seemed to be able to go for days without food, water or injury.  

I was extremely intrigued with the chase through the various cities, countries and how Ricciardi easily takes us on Zac's adventures.  It scares me to think of what goes on behind the scenes and how you could be just taken in on suspicious activity.  

I'm also extremely curious - with an ending like that.... will Ricciardi be continuing on or is this it?!  I'll be keeping an eye out for what he comes out with next.  Espionage, survival, torture, murder and travel.  Come and get yours.


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