A recent quarantine of Antarctica by the United Nations makes his journey almost impossible and dangerous. Through this perilous journey to find his Father, Simon uncovers a conspiracy beyond his imagination; a revelation of global consequence and one of the greatest secrets ever kept.
I found Protocol 7 on NetGalley. It sounded different, in a good way. I would categorize it as a futuristic thriller. It almost borders on sci-fi with the futuristic angle so advanced. I was completely drawn into this novel. The technology described and the character’s use and understanding of the technology throughout the novel are mind boggling. If you think about it, parts of it are entirely possible in some ways. I think that aspect of the novel kept my full attention. The what if we could really do this!
I also liked the use of the Antarctic treaty as a keystone to the storyline. Why? Because I learned something. I had no idea there WAS an Antarctic treaty. Did you? Of course I looked it up online and when I research stuff, I want to know everything.
While I loved the basic storyline, the author’s research, the tech aspects and the mystery/thriller parts, I was not in love with the characters. Let me rephrase that, there were a couple that I enjoyed. Enough said on that. The main characters did not do it for me, not even the main bad guy, Blackburn. Simon, the lead, was shallow, in my opinion. Dragging his friends into an unknown situation for his benefit was strange. It was also weird that they were okay with it. The characters didn’t seem very well developed. We didn’t get much background on anyone; maybe that was the author’s intent. Hopefully the second novel, due out next year, will fill in the characters more.
With everything going on in Protocol 7, the lack of character development didn’t bother me very much. I kept coming back to the novel until I finished. It wasn’t, “I can’t put this down!” It was along the lines of, “I really want to see what happens next”.
Overall, I wish the second in the trilogy wasn’t a year away. I just looked on Amazon and saw the price for this novel. Way too expensive. I don’t pay that much for my mainstream authors. Kindle - $8.99 and paperback - 15.99