Required Reading

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Rogue Defender by John R. Monteith


This is the fourth novel in a series of naval action thrillers. Here are links to my previous reviews: Rogue Crusader and then Rogue Avenger and finally Rogue Betrayer. 

This novel again pulls from the headlines of the world.  North Korea is implicated in a scheme to increase the vulnerability of Taiwan.  Jake Slate and Pierre Renard are determined to thwart the scheme.

This is my least favorite book of the series.   Jake seems to vacillate between schizophrenia and normalcy.   The characterizations are fine if you have read the previous books but this would be a difficult book to read as a stand alone.  

The descriptive aspects of the book have changed as well with words like sauntered into a room used instead of simply walking into the room.  It seemed more contrived and thesaurus oriented. 

Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the book but it doesn’t seem to have the chutzpa of the previous works.

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