Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sleeper's Run


Sleeper's Run by Henry Mosquera is your typical political thriller. The main character, Eric Caine, is a War on Terror vet with martial arts and computer skills. There doesn't seem to be anything he can't do. Except see a set up when he's getting into it.

At the beginning of the book Caine is in a hospital after being found wandering the streets speaking Arabic. He had been reported missing a week before. Mosquera makes a point of mentioning that Caine is speaking Arabic and then never mentions it again. I found myself hoping that the trouble Caine found himself in was created by terrorists who made it look like he was set up by his own government. That would have been a more interesting story.

I also wondered where Caine's sense of paranoia went when all of a sudden a stranger is bailing him out and getting him an interview for a job the stranger had no way of knowing he had the skill set for. Doing "computer stuff" could mean a lot of things. I re-read the beginning of the book and Caine's computer abilities are never explained other than to say that they're out of date. He should have known something was up. At the very least he should have done some digging to find out who is new friend was. It's not paranoia if they are out to get you.

Then again, if he had, that would have been the end of the book.

Sleeper's Run isn't a bad book. If you can overlook a couple of hanging elements, or the fact that the book really needed another round with a proof reader or editor -- there are case changes in different parts of the book and some modifiers didn't get changed with them -- you'll enjoy this book. After all, political thrillers do require a little suspension of belief.