Buried deep in the US defense and special forces architecture is an elite, ultra-black unit, created expressly to prevent weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists and rogue regimes. Their covert, surgical strikes eliminate grave threats so the rest of America can sleep without fear. Until now.
After returning from a successful operation in Pakistan, the entire team is assassinated within forty-eight hours. Only their leader, Michael Garin, survives.
As the sole survivor and chief suspect of the attack, Garin finds himself on the run from Iranian intelligence operatives bent on tracking and killing him. Even Garin’s own government appears to have turned against him, sending a lethal sniper from the vaunted Delta Force to eliminate the threat they think he’s become.
With enemies coming at him from every direction, Garin’s fight for survival becomes part of a larger conspiracy unfolding on the world’s stage: a catastrophic attack—precipitated by escalating tensions in the Middle East—that will shift the balance of power and plunge the United States of America into oblivion.
What I liked: There are numerous thriller/suspense authors and yet, I have a hard time finding such a well-rounded, complete author. Mr. Kirsanow is the first I’ve found in a while. Yes, this is his first novel but, I couldn’t tell that by the way it was written.
Target Omega grabbed me from the very beginning and believe me when I say, I didn’t want to stop. Only the late hours, tired eyes, and other commitments in my life made me stop reading. I’ve not done that since I started reading Vince Flynn or J. D. Robb. There are others that come close to the action packed, hold your breath thriller, but Target Omega felt more realistic in today’s world.
The story is told through several points of view which in this case worked extremely well. I liked that the author didn’t hit you over the head with the clues as they were uncovered. In some instances, I drew the wrong conclusion but it made the action part of the book that much more enticing.
While Mike Garin is the star, I can see where several other characters might continue in the series. At least, I hope they do. Mike is running for his life and trying to solve a deadly puzzle at the same time. The majority of his allies are dead or he is unable to reach them. Cut-off and on the run from foreign agents and the FBI, he finally makes some drastic decisions in order to get help.
The story development, the timing, the plot, and the characters hit on all cylinders almost from the beginning. While you might think you have things figured out, Mr. Kirsanow will continually surprise you with the choices he uses to steer the storyline.
Even though there is a conclusion to Target Omega, it’s left wide open for another book and I can’t wait. That’s the problem sometimes when you get an ARC that’s not coming out for months and you want the follow-up now.
What I didn’t like: I have a feeling Mr. Kirsanow did this on purpose, but there were several loose plot/character points that weren’t resolved or explained. I am going to go back and re-read my copy because the clues abound and it’s up to you as the reader, to put them together.
The e-book edition is $11.99 which is a bit steep but the hardcover at Amazon is $17.68. If I wasn't downsizing my "real book" collection, I would have bought the hardcover.
I received an ARC of Target Omega from NetGalley for an honest review.
Highly Recommended especially for suspense/thriller fans.