I’ll start off honestly (sorry Reece)…I don’t even remember how I stumbled across Reece Hirsch’s first book that introduced his character, Chris Bruen. I am very glad that I did, though! From the very beginning of this character’s introduction in The Adversary Hirsch has the reader fully engulfed in his world of cyber crimes and technology, and sets a fast pace that makes it very hard to put these books down.
It’s been just over a year since Intrusion (the second Bruen adventure) was released, and I have been (im)patiently waiting for this next story to drop, so when Mr. Hirsch offered me an advance copy of Surveillance, in exchange for an honest review, I jumped at that chance!
Once I got the copy loaded on to my Kindle, it only took me two evenings to read the book. Reece’s writing style is flowing, easy to read and fast-paced. Chapters fly by as the story unfolds into three parallel story lines (all obviously interconnected to the main plot), and you may find it very hard to put down until the end. So, what is the plot, exactly? Well, so as not to give anything away (let’s face it, this is a thriller [or techno-thriller in my terms] and has twists and turns like any other), let’s just say that the opening day of Chris and Zoey’s new law firm does not pan out like they planned. Events quickly unfold into the discovery of a top-secret, completely-off-the-record US government agency that has hooks into every possible type of surveillance to “keep the country safe”, that puts Chris, Zoey and their first client on the run through California, Mexico and Ecuador trying to avoid their own government and a drug cartel, all while trying to figure out the best way to expose this clandestine organization that is willing to kill in the name of counter-terrorism!
This is definitely Reece Hirsch’s most mature story yet…less “tentative” in descriptions of events, etc. I would put him in my top list of thriller authors for sure after this third Bruen story. The story alone makes one wonder about what’s really happening out there as we live our daily lives…are we really being watched this closely?
I sincerely hope that there are more Chris Bruen stories in Reece’s mind already developing, because every time I finish one of these, I’m ready for the next one right away 🙂
Oh, and did I mention that in this book, quantum computing is real and working??? You’ll have to pick up a copy on March 15th to get more on that!!!