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BOOK REVIEW: THE PARADIGM SHIFT
BY RICHARD HOLLANDS

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Luke Weaver, a British operative, uses his Special Forces skill to help keep the balance of power in the world. In this novel, he is teamed with an American, Kirin D’Souza aka Agent Amber, in “a race against time” to prevent India from becoming the top world power.. Facing nuclear destruction from a developing country, Luke and Kirin must kill Krishna Banerjee, Prime Minister of India, before he can attack Pakistan, and, eventually control the world by controlling the production and distribution of oil. Stealth and disguise allow Weaver and D’Souza to get close to their target until betrayal nearly ends their mission. Meanwhile, Banerjee concentrates on his master plan and strengthens his alliance with a third controlling nation dreaming of future glory.

Mr. Hollands, in his debut novel, has used a clear, crisp style helped by heading his short chapters with a date and place rather than numbers. The reader is kept right in the middle of things not only from the point of view of the two spies but also from the perspectives of the White House, Whitehall, and, Indian seats of government. Because we see all sides, this book reads like a tennis match rather than a chess game. The tension keeps mounting as we closely watch to see “who will miss the ball”.

The only irritating part is the frequent misuse of spell check, “there” instead of “their”, and typos such as the one on Page 245, “shrugging his soldiers” instead of “shrugging his shoulders”.

All in all, this is an interesting, “it could happen” thriller which grabs the reader until the end. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes spy novels or stories about how governments think. I, for one, am looking forward to further works by Richard Hollands.

REVIEWED BY MARY Z

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, MARY Z


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