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Official Review: Devil Among Us by jack winnick

Post by Julie Petitbon » 03 Jan 2020, 23:52

[Following is an official review of "Devil Among Us" by jack winnick.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Devil Among Us by Jack Winnick is an action-packed, suspenseful thriller. It is the second novel in the Lara and Uri Series but can be read as a stand-alone book. The story grips the reader from the first chapter when a bombing incident rips through a New York City Synagogue. Hundreds are killed and injured, and the FBI quickly arrives to investigate. FBI Special Agent Lara Edmomd, a member of the Joint Terrorist Task Force, and Uri Levin, a Mossad agent, happily work together again to unravel this terrorist plot. Initially, the investigation points toward some members of the synagogue. However, after following several leads to Texas, Lara and Uri suspect that Islamic terrorists entered the country and that the “Brooklyn bombing” might have larger, possibly global, implications.

As the mystery unfolds, more and more questions arise. Is this a giant plot to prevent the United States from aiding Israel? Why does Iran have a long-range missile aimed at Tel Aviv? Furthermore, how does this all relate to the New York synagogue bombing? Lara and Uri must connect the dots and figure out who is behind these sinister events.

One aspect of the story that I like is how the narrative shifts perspectives, providing an omniscient point of view and a dynamic, well-rounded narrative. Additionally, the changes in perspective, as well as the skillful integration of flashbacks, add to the character development. Even the minor characters have distinct personalities. This includes Yehudi Bar-lev, the teenager who enters the synagogue before the bombing reveling in his recent Bat Mitzvah, Hadley Parkinson, the no-nonsense, penny-pinching chief of police, President Seymour, the conflicted leader of the United States, and the myriad of anti-Semitic, hate-fueled terrorists. The characters and perspectives are varied, defined, and realistic.

I also appreciate the expertise of the author. Winnick’s knowledge of the Middle East and the geopolitical relationships between the United States and Middle Eastern countries is immense. His integration of and comparison to events that occurred during World War II denotes a vast knowledge of historical power struggles and prejudices throughout the world. This, in addition to his skill in story-telling, make for an engrossing read.

This is an intense international thriller, and the pace is appropriately fast. Bombings, violent fights, missile attacks, terrorist kidnappings, and more saturate this exciting story so much that I found it hard to put down. I love the main characters, Lara and Uri. They are a strong, smart, and funny team that works well together. They are so in tune with each other that they communicate without even speaking, and their chemistry is palpable. Their rekindling relationship is one of the highlights of the book and provides a bright spot in an otherwise dark and dangerous thriller.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It is a well-written and well-paced thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It is professionally edited and contains minimal errors and only minor profanity. However, violent and graphic fight scenes make this book inappropriate for young readers. I recommend it to mature readers who appreciate page-turning, suspenseful intrigue.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 07 Jan 2020, 13:43

Like you stated in your review, I also appreciate the fact that the author has adequately developed the characters who play a smaller role in the book. Thanks for your engaging review!

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Post by Nyambura Githui » 08 Jan 2020, 05:28

Interesting review. You make the book sound very interesting. I'll definitely add it to my list.

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Post by kdstrack » 09 Jan 2020, 19:05

I agree that the author displays an in-depth knowledge of the Middle East that he integrates into the story. I liked your description of the different perspectives used for telling the story. Great review! Thanks.

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Post by mosekim » 15 Jan 2020, 11:46

Suspenseful intrigue can be one to look for. The book is what is it is according to the review. 4 out of 4 stars rating should definitely bring out to read. Thank you for the review

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Post by Amy+++ » 22 Jan 2020, 06:34

Terrorism and threats, and bombings are not something that I can get into to read for fun. Great review though.

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Post by Ferdinand_otieno » 22 Jan 2020, 06:44

This is an action-packed suspensful political thriller full of mystery, terrorism, adventure, multiple POVs, and a captivating plot. The book is free on Kindle Unlimited and has an amazing OnlineBookClub review. I rated the book 4 out of 4 stars. Congrats @jwinnick1 on the BOTD.

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Post by Julius_ » 22 Jan 2020, 07:01

A well written, well paced enjoyable thriller written in different perspectives. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Official_Sammie » 22 Jan 2020, 07:42

My love for action stories knows no bound. Terrorism, Federal agents, bombing stories sounds good to me. Makes me keep reading for hours.Nice Review.

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Post by Lui Vanderbilt » 22 Jan 2020, 07:51

An international eye catching thriller book with details about various terrorism raids. I also loved the book cover. Excellent review

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Post by Orizon » 22 Jan 2020, 08:04

This is an intense international thriller indeed. An investigation into a bombing incident in NYC seems like one to learn from. Nice review.

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Post by Mmg8464 » 22 Jan 2020, 08:08

I have read and reviewed the first book and agree about your observations about the author's expertise in Middle Eastern affairs. I am sure I will enjoy this second book. Thanks for your review.

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Post by Kakai getrude » 22 Jan 2020, 08:11

Its an interesting review, everything about the investigation was done right and on point. Awesome review

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Post by NetMassimo » 22 Jan 2020, 08:28

I read the first Lara and Uri novel, so I'm not surprised that this sequel is regarded so high by the reviewer. In fact, I see that the author kept on using the great elements as his first novel.
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Post by Nickolas Farmakis » 22 Jan 2020, 08:31

Your review is excellent, well-written, and expertly put together. You have included both your opinion and the summary of the book. Well done!

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