4 out of 4 stars
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The Expansion by Christoph Martin is a thriller, based on the expansion of a canal in Panama. The story involves an expansion of the canal which will allow more traffic to flow through it. The story begins with Max Burns, a young and enthusiastic engineer from England who is presented with the opportunity to be the chief engineer for this project. Max accepts the offer readily, thinking this might be the key to his successful future. Murder, crime, mystery and secret agencies all have a hand in this thrilling tale of the business world of construction and the need for power and control of the canal.
Max leaves his fiancée and a stable job for this once in a lifetime opportunity. What Max doesn’t know is that he is being set up by his employer. The company that hires him is enmeshed with corruption and bribery, illegally winning the bid for the expansion of the canal. While Max and his team are busy building the canal, tensions in the area rise with the involvement of the Americans and the Chinese to gain control of the Panama Canal.
Karis Deen is an agent who is after Max, believing that he is involved in strengthening the Chinese in Panama. Max falls for Karis, not being able to discover her true motives.
The story line is well knit; the backstories of the main characters have been beautifully built in the first few chapters. I think this is enough to cast a spell on the reader and influence him to read the whole book as soon as possible. For me, the book had a different charm because I have always been a fan of crime and thrill, especially when the story involves facts of our real life. The book shows what people are willing to do just to have power over things.
Though the book starts with a good pace, there are so many turns and plot-twists that the reader is baffled. The book is not like any other ordinary thriller in the market with a predictable and foreseeable outcome, but Christoph Martin lets his readers enjoy all that they can and then makes them wish there was something more. There are some irrelevant things which don’t make an important impression in the story, but their presence doesn’t make the book any less great than it already is.
I didn’t find any mistake related to spellings or grammar. I am happy to give the book 4 out of 4 stars. My initial thoughts were about giving it 3 stars, but the perfect plot made the ending so good that it changed my mind. I would recommend all my readers to enjoy this book, as it is a masterpiece among all the thrillers I have read!
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