Monday, July 29, 2013

Review: The Storm Protocol by Iain Cosgrove

The Storm Protocol by Iain Cosgrove

Imagine creating the perfect drug; all of the highs with none of the lows. No side effects, no painful physical withdrawal, no drawbacks.

Or are there....

Deep in the Louisiana bayou, Thomas Eugene O’Neill a.k.a The Street, an Irish immigrant mob enforcer, waits patiently with his gun amidst the sweltering heat of a southern storm. His employers, Italian American drug lords Guido and Ernesto Mancini, have a guaranteed formula to create the perfect narcotic and Thomas knows too much.

But he is not alone.

Detective Charles Roussel, ex hot-shot city lawyer turned small town Louisiana lawman, is investigating a strange case at the old plantation house he used to call home. He gets drawn inexorably to Ireland, as all his research begins to guide him to the same inevitable destination; Cork.

Agent Dale Foster, unorthodox New York DEA agent and victim of one too many bogus leads, hears murmurs of the next big thing; a drug without equal. The whisperings lead him to one last tumultuous confrontation with his superiors, who compel him to take an enforced vacation. As his plane lands in Ireland, and he follows the trail of rumours to Cork, he knows his professional instincts are leading him to the biggest bust of his life, or ending his career forever.

For Thomas, the middle-aged hit man, all roads seem to lead back to Cork; the city of his birth and the ghosts of his past.

He has plenty of questions and needs some answers, and all the while the words echo in his head.

‘Be careful what you wish for!

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting concept, had some action, thrills, and some good twists.
That said, it took me longer than average to read this book. The point of view abruptly switches from first to third and back again and that threw me off at first, though I did get used to it after a while. Then there was the sheer number of characters, which made it a bit difficult to keep track of what was going on. And we get all of their back stories, which slowed the action down and made me forget what was going on.
Overall, I did like the book. The main character is a hit man with a conscience and there are all sorts of drug-dealing bad guys and good cops. A good thriller dealing with the development of a perfect drug.

My Rating: ****
Steam Factor: !
*Notes: Violence, blood and gore, language

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