3 out of 4 stars
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Hologram Deception by Ed Sheehan is a mystery thriller. The book presents the main character, Pat O’Sheen, as someone suffering from amnesia. Pat can’t remember what he did to make people want to try to kill him. As he flees from his pursuers, he reconnects with different people from his past. Memories slowly begin to resurface as friends help him recall names and events. Pat made a special effort to visit Sadie, who was languishing in a hospice. As he was mentally preparing himself to say goodbye, she awakened from her coma. Something mystical happened between them that brought back all of Pat’s memories.
Not all of his memories are happy. Frightful visions of being kidnapped and drugged came flooding back. He remembers risking his life to stop a shipment of hologram belts from reaching the Taliban. Before he could stop the second shipment, he was kidnapped. The enemy received these belts and used them to kill American soldiers. Pat feels compelled to finish his mission. He must stop any future production of these belts. Who can Pat trust to help him with this critical mission? Can he trust his own newly recovered memories?
Hologram Deception by Ed Sheehan is the second book of a trilogy. The author’s technique of depicting the main character as a person suffering from amnesia was critical to the storyline. Readers become aware of past events and names at the same time as the main character remembers them. Pat’s amnesia was a creative scenario to help readers review book one of the series. The author weaved memories from the past with current events to make this an excellent standalone book.
I also enjoyed Pat’s character and how his personality developed throughout this thriller. Pat has amazing soldier skills, but he also demonstrates a tender and loving side of his personality. I loved how the author presented Pat as a trained soldier capable of firing a weapon to protect the innocent and using those same hands to cuddle and hug children and family.
I had a hard time adjusting to the use of bold lettering in the text. Frequently, the speaker’s words were printed in bold to provide added force to their meaning. I understand the author’s intent, but I found this to be jarring.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Misspelled words and missing commas affected the score. The idea of using holograms in war situations is unique. I liked the author’s writing style, and I am excited to read the third book of the series. The author has piqued my interest to discover how he develops the hologram technology and its military applications in the next book.
People who enjoy suspense stories featuring strong masculine characters will like this story. The author’s research and ideas on the use of hologram technology would also enthuse people with scientific and technological interests. The story does include violent scenes as Pat flees from his pursuers and executes extraordinary feats to protect his family and serve his country. Readers who dislike violent scenes might not enjoy some sections of this book.
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