Eric Caine is a former Air Force pararescuer who just wants to live a quiet life that doesn’t require him to do politicians’ bidding. When he wakes up in a hospital with no memory of the previous eight days, he realizes he might not be getting his wish. When he finds himself in police custody after a bar fight just a few days later, he knows he’s not. With the help of a new friend, he begins to fix this. He gets a new job and starts seeing a doctor for his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He receives a slight shock when his new job requires him to return to his homeland of Venezuela, but still, things are looking up for Eric. After a few months in his native country, he is enjoying his work and dating a wonderful woman. He finally feels like he’s on the right track.
Unfortunately, that would make for a very boring thriller.
Right at the height of his happiness, Eric commits a terrible crime, and he has no idea why. He only knows that everybody is trying to catch him and that there is no way he will receive a fair trial. With the CIA hot on his heels, Eric must find out why he suddenly snapped while avoiding capture and trying to clear his name. Throughout the course of his personal investigation, he uncovers a terrible secret operation and a whole host of cover-ups. Can he expose the bad guys and exonerate himself, or will the spooks get to him first?
Sleeper’s Run is a first-class thriller, full of twists and turns sharp enough to cause whiplash. There is not a lot of character development, but this is not a character-driven story. It’s plot-driven, and the plot is phenomenal. The constant threats and reveals left me furiously flipping the pages, reading for hours on end because I had to know how it all turns out. If you like spy thrillers at all, you should pick this book up, but I recommend you only start reading if you have lots of time on your hands. This is one that you will not be able to put down.
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|Mystery, Crime, Thriller