When a rogue Chinese general threatens to unleash a biological Armageddon across the U.S., there’s only one man who can stop him: the Spartan. Tier One’s toughest soldier has just seven days to prevent China’s toughest special forces soldiers from detonating their plague canisters across the United States, poisoning millions and sending the world teetering towards war.
By the Spartan’s side is Teresa Vasquez a former Juarez policewoman whose family was murdered by the cartels. Vasquez is now the owner of the world’s first invisibility suit, after joining forces with the formidable Colonel Garin, Homeland Security’s top troubleshooter and the Spartan’s mentor.
Besides the terrorists, standing in the Spartan’s way is the mafia, the Mexican cartels, the triads, U.S. special forces and one vengeful U.S. General who never forgot the recruit who refused to salute his superior.
The race is on for the Spartan to stop the canister conspiracy and save the world before the bombs go off on the 4th of July or before his enemies can kill him.
What I liked: I really enjoyed the characters and the plot in The Spartan. While the Spartan (that's the only name the lead goes by) is a modern warrior, his ethics and loyalty are "old school". He does his job unquestionably to protect the United States but his code doesn't waver if he respects you.
The plot in The Spartan can make you pause. Improbable, maybe. Possible, certainly. That was the kicker for me. Everything is possible in a novel but when it makes you think, could this happen?, it's a good story!
The supporting characters in The Spartan aren't overlooked either. They each have a function and are being developed by Mr Purcell. I liked Vasquez especially as a partner for the Spartan. Some of the higher military characters, I'm still not sure about, which will lead me to pick up the next book. Hopefully there is another.
What I didn't like: Just my thoughts here. If you're looking for a Vince Flynn or Tom Clancy novel, this isn't it. However, it was a good solid read. I could put the book down when I needed too except more towards the end. Also, my copy was from NetGalley which means editing needed to be done. I hope the final version was well edited because the story deserved it.
Overall, I enjoyed The Spartan. The pacing was good and the storyline developed. I would definitely try another Charles Purcell novel.
An e-book, The Spartan is available at Amazon for $4.99 and at B & N for $6.81