3 out of 4 stars
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Something is going on at Dark Corporation. Something so nefarious that a company director, turned whistleblower, mysteriously winds up dead before he meets with MI5.
Enter Max Sargent, a successful business Procurement Officer. Max is also a former Commando with espionage tactics skills he never imagined he would need as a civilian until now.
A foolish business indiscretion puts Max at the mercy of MI5. In exchange for leniency, Max infiltrates Dark Corporation to find out what is really going on. What starts as a simple information gathering assignment soon becomes increasingly dangerous as Max discovers Dark’s horrifying scheme and realizes he might be the only one with a chance of stopping a catastrophe devastating enough to bring the world to its knees.
Dark Corporation is an electrifying corporate espionage thriller by Ben Colt. It is the first book in the Max Sargent Corporate Espionage Mystery Thriller series. The author certainly knows how to deliver on the suspense. The opening paragraph fully claimed my attention, and I was taken on a thrilling ride till the very last page. The plot flowed at a face pace with exciting twists and turns that kept me engaged every step of the way. The character development was exceptional. Each individual was adequately complex and relatable, and there was no mistaking the characters’ motivations. Colt’s extensive background in the corporate world was brought to bear in this book, making for a compelling read. I must say the book benefited greatly from his vast experience and diligent research.
One of the book’s highpoints for me was the richly descriptive writing, especially about iconic locations. It was like being taken on an eloquently descriptive tour, complete with a brief informative history lesson. Take this paragraph on page 42, for instance:
“As Max walked across Westminster Bridge over the murky River Thames past County Hall and the impressive London Eye, looking across the bridge he was greeted with one of the most iconic sites in the world. Westminster Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, named after its largest great bell. This hallowed and historic place began as a Royal residence and Palace in 1050, with its first government officials in situ around 1220 and the first record of a Parliamentary sitting was 1259. For well over 750 years this had been the constitutional democratic seat of governing power for the United Kingdom.”
The author was just as descriptive when talking about other locations Max visited in the book, like places in India, Hong Kong, and the Caribbean. It was fascinating to glean intriguing facts about these places. Colt is obviously well-traveled, and I appreciate that he took the time to briefly talk about what makes these iconic sites unique.
On the downside, this book’s one major flaw was the editing. Apart from the typographical and grammatical errors, there were rather distracting punctuation errors. So much so that there were times it affected the flow of the story. Hopefully, the author will look into this and remedy it with another round of extensive editing.
Dark Corporation was a fantastic read, one I would gladly recommend to fans of corporate espionage thrillers. The book contained some mature themes, including a bit of violence and sex. As much as I would love to award this book the maximum rating, the significant errors in editing compel me to deduct a star. As such, I rate Dark Corporation 3 out of 4 stars.
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