03 April 2014

Review: The Candidate: A Luxembourg Thriller by Daniel Pembrey

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my review. 

Genre:  Techno thriller
Page Count: 159 pages
This Title is available only from Amazon Kindle:  Price is $1.99
Publication Date: December 9, 2013
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I don't usually read and review books that are not widely available, but the synopsis for  The Candidate by Daniel Pembrey sounded interesting.  I admit, when I decided to read and review it, I did not realize that it was only available in digital format, and then only from Amazon.  Regardless of that, if you are a fan of the techno-thriller or stories about corporate espionage, or just espionage in general, it is worth checking out.

Nick Thorneycroft is a headhunter for a tech company who has asked him to recruit a new employee to be a top executive for the Russian arm of their business.  The candidate that he selects is a beautiful woman who appears to have all of the right qualifications.  But are things really what they seem to be?  In The Candidate Daniel Pembrey crafts a fast paced story with interesting characters and some good twists and turns.  I really got involved in the story quickly, and remained engaged until the end.  I also enjoyed the fact that the main character for the story was a headhunter for a multi-national company, which I thought was a fresh idea that I hadn't run across in other books. The biggest problem with the story, and the reason for the 3 stars, was the lack of depth.  Mostly this was due to the fact that this is a novella, which do not lend themselves to complex plot or character development.   I thought, though, that this story would have stood up to, and even benefited from, more development of both the plot and the characters.  I wished it was a full length novel and not a novella, and would love to see this author write something that was more complex.