The Consultant by Tj O'Connor introduces us to a consultant for the CIA who likes to work alone and to do things his way. His superior believes in sharing information on a need-to-know basis and knows his rogue agent well. Information about Hunter's professional and personal lives are shared with the reader as the story evolves; both are complicated. He arrives home in Virginia in response to a message from his older brother only to witness his brother's dying words. He learns of his brother's family as he struggles with relating to various law enforcers. It's unclear who can be trusted. As he searches for his brother's murderer, he stumbles into much bigger problems as terrorist attacks on civilians escalate and the country seems to be drifting toward another Middle East conflict. At times Hunter uses self-deprecating humor that endears the character to readers. His humor makes the "consultant" more likable in spite of his history of doing horrific things in his line of work. A timely story worth reading.
Review by Nancy Kauffman (July 2018)
When a rogue CIA consultant goes AWOL from his Middle Eastern post in response to his brother’s plea for help, he arrives just in time to witness his brother’s murder. For years, Jonathan Hunter and his brother Kevin Mallory had not spoken—until Kevin’s final words, “… Khalifah … Not Them … Maya.” Pursuing his brother’s killer, Hunter stumbles into a nest of horrifying terrorist activity by Middle Eastern refugees, which sparks a backlash across America. In the shadows, Hunter’s mentor, the omnipotent Oscar LaRue, is playing a dangerous game with Russian Intelligence. Neither Hunter nor LaRue realizes that a new threat—the Iranian threat—has entered the game. Stakes rise as two shadowy players are one step ahead of Hunter and LaRue—Khalifah, a terrorist mastermind, and Caine, a nomadic assassin who dances with the highest bidder. As attacks escalate and the country drifts toward another Middle East conflict, innocent refugees become trapped between the terrorists and the terrorized. Prejudice, hate, and fear vent everywhere. Is this who we’ve become? Before the country explodes, Hunter must find Khalifah, learn the next terror target, and pray he’s in time to stop further annihilation.
Book Format(s): Soft cover, Kindle, ePub/iBook
Review Genre: Fiction—Mystery/Thriller
Number of Pages: 432