Book Title: The Consultant by Tj O'Connor
Category: Adult Fiction; 432 pages
Genre: Thriller & Suspense
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Release date: May 15, 2018
Tour dates: Nov 5 to 16, 2018
Content Rating: R (The story deals with terrorism and describes some scenes of violence. Some harsh language.)
When a rogue CIA consultant goes AWOL from his Middle Eastern post in response to his brother’s plea for help, he arrives just in time to witness his brother’s murder. For years, Jonathan Hunter and his brother Kevin Mallory had not spoken―until Kevin’s final words, “… Khalifah … Not Them … Maya.”
Pursuing his brother’s killer, Hunter stumbles into a nest of horrifying terrorist activity by Middle Eastern refugees, which sparks a backlash across America. In the shadows, Hunter’s mentor, the omnipotent Oscar LaRue, is playing a dangerous game with Russian Intelligence. Neither Hunter nor LaRue realizes that a new threat―the Iranian threat―has entered the game. Stakes rise as two shadowy players are one step ahead of Hunter and LaRue―Khalifah, a terrorist mastermind, and Caine, a nomadic assassin who dances with the highest bidder.
As attacks escalate and the country drifts toward another Middle East conflict, innocent refugees become trapped between the terrorists and the terrorized. Prejudice, hate, and fear vent everywhere. Is this who we’ve become? Before the country explodes, Hunter must find Khalifah, learn the next terror target, and pray he’s in time to stop further annihilation.
The story takes place in the span of seven days with enough action to make one's head spin. It's a race to try to find not only a ruthless killer but also to stop a terrorist plan that will kill thousands of innocent people. The last few chapters were nerve-racking in a Mission-Impossible style of stunts and revelations as Jonathan risks everything to stop what seems like an inevitable disaster and tragedy.
Most of the book is written in Jonathan's first-person POV with a few chapters in third person. Through Hunter's internal dialogue we see he's got emotional baggage like most action heroes, but there are plenty of humorous moments, which are a welcome relief from the intensity of the brutality of terrorist acts. For a while, I did not know where Jonathan's new relationship with Noor, his late brother's estranged wife was leading. I found her clingy, with a "damsel in distress" persona, and was glad there was no romantic entanglement, although I suspect she will be present in future instalments.
The Consultant is the first book in Tj O'Connor's Jonathan Hunter Thriller series, a classic true thriller, with a unique likable main character, and a well-executed plot from an author whose expertise in international anti-terrorism is evident throughout the pages. I'm a new fan and look forward to reading more!
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Meet the Author:
Tj O’Connor is the author of The Consultant, the first of The Jonathan Hunter Thriller series from Oceanview Publishing, and four paranormal mysteries from Midnight Ink and Black Opal Books.
Tj is an international security consultant specializing in anti-terrorism, investigations, and threat analysis—life experiences that drive his novels. With his former life as a government agent and years as a consultant, he has lived and worked around the world in places like Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Americas—among others. He was raised in New York's Hudson Valley and lives with his wife and Labrador companions in Virginia where they raised five children.
Dying to Know, Tj’s first published novel, won the 2015 Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) for mysteries and was a Finalist for both a 2015 Silver Falchion Award and the 2014 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Mystery Book of the Year.
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