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The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson

The Risk Agent

by Ridley Pearson

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As someone familiar with Ridley Pearson, I am glad to have read this particular work. Well written and engaging. I definitely enjoyed it.

-PT ( )
  PhilipTroy | Sep 7, 2014 |
Synopsis: John Knox has left the covert world to establish an import/export business with his handicapped brother, Tommy. While in the far east looking for items that would sell well, he is contacted by his former bosses and asked to rescue a Chinese citizen with important information and another operative, Tommy's godfather. He meets a forensic accountant, Grace Chu, who has also been hired to help with this rescue. In the process of getting them out, they uncover a tangled web of espionage, graft, and murder.
Review: As with many of his other books, this one keeps the reader guessing about who is really the 'bad guy' and whether there will be a happy ending. In several places, the plot is so complicated that you can get lost in the details and the many side stories. ( )
  DrLed | Jun 26, 2014 |
good thriller/suspense

See my full review at purstextuality.ckm ( )
  Fidget78 | Jan 5, 2014 |
didn't finish
  plk11 | Sep 22, 2013 |
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Having enjoyed both the Lou Boldt and Walt Fleming series of books, I was eager to meet Ridley’s newest protagonist John Knox. As it turns out there are two protagonists in the Risk Agent. Meet John Knox, a self-employed civilian with plenty of military/combat/covert training, and Grace Chu, former Chinese military now accountant. These two civilian operatives pair up on the streets of Shanghai as they try to locate a kidnapped reporter and purported blackmailer, while balancing their actions against the possible backlash of government interference.

Very different from Pearson's other series. Fast-paced thriller aspects, with good chemistry between Chu and Knox, somewhat reluctantly partnered together to extract hostages and/or find the information they have been taken for. Both have ulterior motives and difficulty trusting each other. Time is running out as their investigation takes them through the crowded streets of Shanghai.

Ridley provides a very complicated plot with many threads tangled together, incorporating culture, espionage, treachery, corruption, and fast-paced action on foreign soil. The one thing he is exceptional at is action scenes involving chases, and one finds plenty of those here.

I got a little lost in the politics, high-finances and corruption that abound, but overall a solid thrill ride with a couple of interesting characters ( )
  jamespurcell | Nov 24, 2012 |
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To the students of Fudan University, who made my year in Shanghai possible
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Lu Hao, a slim, well-dressed man in his twenties, stood on the roof of a subcompact car the size of a toaster, peering over a ten-foot-high concrete-block wall and into the parking lot outside an aging tannery.
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 A Chinese National working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight.  His one-man security detail goes missing as well.  
Rutherford Risk is a firm specializing in extraction: the negotiation for, and the recovery of hostages. Private investigation is illegal in today's China. Operating within her borders will be difficult at best.
The security company recruits two unique outsiders to do their bidding. Grace Chu is a forensic accountant hired to follow the money; John Knox is a civilian with unparalleled training in both combat and culture. Grace’s top-notch American education and Chinese military service make her an unassuming, but effective, operative, while Knox’s take-no-prisoners attitude brings them perilously close to harm. Following the money leads to more complex – and dangerous – consequences than either anticipated. Who is actually behind the kidnapping? And more important, can Knox and Grace locate the two hostages ahead of the deadline?
Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai and crackling with tension-filled suspense, Pearson's latest introduces two compelling new characters—and heralds in the start of a brilliant new series.

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