Rogue by Mark Sullivan
Release date: Oct 2, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Time to completion: two days
Stars: 8 of 10
This is the first book in a new action-secret agent-mystery-adventure series by Mark Sullivan, who apparently has written stuff with James Patterson (none of which I’ve ever read). Robin Monarch, he of a shady, seedy, mysterious past, works for the CIA and one night in the middle of a grab and go, the assumed target of which is the Al-Qaeda archives (!!!- shout out! [uhm, to the idea of how important archives are!]), he peaces out and quits his job. What’d he see? What was he NOT supposed to see? And what’s going to happen now?!
I really, really liked this. It was fast and exciting and I decided that finishing this book AND having a cup of coffee at 8.30 in the morning would be a really bad idea because I would have been just way too wound up. The front bit says “Jason Bourne meets Robin Hood” and then there’s another comparison somewhere that this is Bourne/Mission Impossible/James Bond, but I’ve never actually read the Bourne books, and I’ve seen MI and Bond and I guess they’re similar in that they’re secret agent spy dudes who are exotic and hot? But I think actually Robin Monarch is a better secret agent man that James Bond, because he is much better at hand to hand combat (personal pet peeve of mine) and I think he thinks on a different level, and over the course of the book you understand his background and personal history more than James Bond’s.
This one comes out in October, it’s quick, it’s fun, it’s an adrenaline kick, and I really liked it!