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The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson

The Risk Agent (edition 2012)

by Ridley Pearson

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Title:The Risk Agent
Authors:Ridley Pearson
Info:Putnam Adult (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 432 pages
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This is one of the most disappointing books by a formerly-favorite author ever.... I've read everything Ridley Pearson has written over the years and anxiously awaited this effort, but it was quite bad. The problems:

- Unnecessarily convoluted story line. Way too many twists and turns to be believable. Even though most readers haven't visited China and we understand it's a different world over there, much of what happens through this book just doesn't make sense.

- Poorly written. Pearson has always been a pretty competent writer, creating great, well-written stories. This is a very long book that reads like a first or second draft that was never cleaned up.

- Little character development. Nobody was really 'fleshed out'. Most characters seemed either very cartoonish or stereotypical.

I finished this book after almost giving up on it about 5 times, mainly to see how all the disparate threads would be pulled together at the end. Not very well, I'd say. ( )
  gmmartz | Jun 21, 2016 |
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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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399158839, Hardcover)

 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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