The Good Traitor
on Tour April 5 – May 13, 2016
The US ambassador to China is killed in a suspicious plane crash just days after a news article links Chinese spies to US business interests. The American intelligence community is left scrambling to investigate possible connections between the crash and a series of other high-profile deaths.
On the other side of the world, ex-CIA operative Kera Mersal returns to the United States determined to clear her name after being branded a traitor for exposing illegal government surveillance. There, former colleague and fellow fugitive J. D. Jones contacts her with a new assignment: find out who is staging accidents to murder news sources. As the news site continues to publish stories about top-secret CIA programs and Chinese government corruption, Mersal reunites with old allies to uncover the truth and prove her loyalty to her country once and for all. But Mersal’s investigations put her on the trail of a sinister hacker whose own motives may influence a vaster—and more deadly—geopolitical conspiracy than either of the world’s two largest superpowers is prepared to handle.
INTENSE That’s the best word that describes my experience in reading The Good Traitor by Ryan Quinn. Thankfully, I’m allowed to express more fully how fantastic this novel is.
Ryan Quinn knows his stuff. He’s either an experienced cyber techie spy agent, or he’s done his research (I suspect the latter … I hope). The varied settings, the dynamic characters, the exciting scenes weave a complex plot. In other words, the detail and variety of characters kept me both glued and amazed at how complex the world has become – and dangerous. Given I was born in a remote rural community that had no phones or electricity, I’m in the generation that struggles to keep abreast of modern technology. As a result, some of the more advanced techno jargon was beyond me. However, instead of losing me in the mystery, it added to the suspense.
I liked that many of the characters were occasionally portrayed in their human skin with attachment of failures, fears – a full range of emotions from the darkest to the lovable. This was no romance novel, though. The punch of The Good Traitor was focused on the world of spying and collecting secrets. The tension is inflamed as the reader discovers the deadly risk if the secrets are exposed, and what political governments are prepared to do to safeguard their nefarious actions. Murder, horrific and callous; there’s no escape. Only Kera’s courage and intelligence training and skill can be relied upon to sort through the maze of lies and twisted logic. The reader soon realizes there is no way Kera can survive and escape. Unless ….
The Good Traitor is one of those novels a reader can reread several times and get deeper into the plot’s twists and become a loyal companion of Kera.
I received a copy of The Good Traitor in exchange for posting an honest review. Thank you Ryan Quinn and Partners in Crime virtual book tours for this opportunity to celebrate this novel’s launch.
A native of Alaska, Ryan Quinn was an NCAA champion and an all-American athlete in skiing while at the University of Utah. He worked for five years in New York’s book-publishing industry before moving to Los Angeles, where he writes and trains for marathons. Quinn’s first novel, The Fall, was an award-winning finalist for the 2013 International Book Awards.