IWIC Book Review of CROSSCURRENTS by William Beck “This book is right up there with Clive Cussler and …”
Crosscurrents, by William Beck, is right up there with Clive Cussler and his
adventuring wild man, Dirk Pitt. Filled with action and intrigue, the book carries the reader to the end because you just want to know what happens.
Overview: Bryson McGann, the central figure in this book, and a member of NESSA, is having a pleasant afternoon lunch with his girlfriend in Victoria, British Columbia, when he notices something suspicious happening at the table nearby. Within moments, his sense is proven right when a bullet kills a patron and several others soon fall prey, as a sniper spreads his brutal carnage. In its wake, a bomb explodes leaving even more dead and more questions as to who did it and the mystery man who fled the scene. This is a story with multiple plots built into one. A secretive monastic order with ties to the Knights Templar. A terrorist in Algeria bent on starting a global meltdown. A US senator seething with corruption and blood-stained hands. All of these tangents come together neatly, into a multi-level story that crisscrosses the planet, eventually landing in Jerusalem, where the terrorist, Ali-Azir Bou-Zhamed, is plotting a debacle, a true conflagration. Bryson is no superhero, he takes his share of bullets and he bleeds – which makes this thriller all the more real and enticing, as he and his partner, Joe Canton, try to put the pieces of this plot together before it is too late. Although the focus of the book is on the terrorist plot, the author does an excellent job of spotlighting environmental issues and manages to cleverly lace this into the story in a rather seamless way which gives it another dimension, and sub-message.
Technical Overview: This book is well-written. It has a smooth fluidity to it. It is generously laced with colorful and lucid phraseology, metaphors and descriptions – which add both realism and imaginative landscaping for the reader. The author ties the multi-level plots together, bringing them into focus by the end, and sets the pace for the continuance of the series. The writing style is very good – the author has a good rhythm and a good sense of pace – and this is reflected in his wording and descriptive mediums which really play well with the story line and what is happening at the time. His action scenes are detailed, bloody and get the adrenaline pumping.
In all this is a very good read, and this series has a good future ahead of it. I recommend it for readers of action, adventure and thriller novels.
Review by author Réal Laplaine