Coercion by Tim Tigner
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (July 7, 2015)
Source: Author via TLC Book Tours for an honest review
The phone rings and the offer is made, leaving you only seconds to decide. Betray your country, or watch your family drop dead before your eyes.
After the Iron Curtain’s collapse, Russia appears to be finished as a superpower. But KGB general Vasily Karpov is secretly working to restore Russia’s status by forcing Americans into traitorous acts of espionage and sabotage, with the aid of a new secret weapon. Meanwhile, his biggest target is within Russia, where Karpov is plotting to capture the Kremlin for himself.
Former US soldier and spy Alex Ferris becomes the first to fathom Karpov’s grand plans. Racing from San Francisco to Siberia, Alex must elude ambushes, assassins, and death from exposure as he wages a one-man war against a growing global threat and the resurgence of the Soviets.
“Tim Tigner is a masterful storyteller with a nose for intrigue and a careful eye for historical detail. Set in the aftermath of the collapse of the Iron Curtain, his latest book, “Coercion,” is a compelling tale of espionage and betrayal, one that will leave its readers wanting more.” — James A. Baker, III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State
Coercion by Tim Tigner is a fast-paced spy thriller that grabs the reader's attention quickly and holds it to the end. There are many characters to follow, but the protagonist is Alex Ferris, who had formerly been in Special Forces and intelligence and now is an International Private Investigator who is investigating his twin's suspicious death. The death of his twin winds up being far more than he had imagined and leads him on an international quest for answers.
I was pulled into the story from the start and only hit a few snags at first in trying to keep all the characters straight. There is a handy cast of characters in the front of the book for those who need it, but for readers like me who forget it is there, just keep reading - the author is very good at giving all the necessary clues to figure out who is who. Once I got a few chapters into the book, I no longer had that problem though.
Coercion has pretty much everything needed for a very fun and exciting spy thriller. The hero is smart and dashing and is always ready for whatever is thrown his way. The villains are really, really bad, but there is plenty there to make them interesting and not too cliche. The methods, technology, and the vehicle for their ability to coerce strategic people to do their bidding is ingenious and evil --- the stuff of nightmares, really -- so the reader is really hoping for Alex to succeed in stopping these people.
It seems pretty evident from the novel itself and the author bio that the author has an intensive knowledge of science and international politics and the topography of Russia. This really helps to set the story up and maintains its authentic feel.
I did like that there is back story that helps to explain how certain people got to where they are, but I especially liked the twists and turns the story takes. There are a couple of big ones.
I really enjoyed Coercion and thought it was a great thriller. I think that Coercion will appeal to a pretty wide range of readers, especially those who like international intrigue and spy thrillers.
About Tim Tigner
Tim began his career in Soviet Counterintelligence with the US Army Special forces, the Green Berets. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tim switched from espionage to arbitrage. Armed with a Wharton MA rather than a Colt M16, he moved to Moscow in the midst of Perestroika. There he lead prominent multinational medical companies, worked with cosmonauts on the MIR Space Station (from Earth, alas), chaired the Association of International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers, and helped write Russia’s first law on healthcare.
Moving to Brussels during the formation of the EU, Tim ran Europe, Middle East, and Africa for a Johnson & Johnson company and traveled like a character in a Robert Ludlum book. He eventually landed in Silicon Valley, where like minds with wild ideas come to congregate around the creation of (nightmares and) dreams. Now he launches new medical technologies as a startup CEO, and devises devious devices for fictional characters who aim to change the world.
Tim grew up in the Midwest and Europe, earning a BA from Hanover College and then a MBA in Finance and a MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He now lives with his wife Elena and their two daughters in Northern California.
Please visit timtigner.com for a free eBook. You’re also welcome to reach Tim directly at email@example.com.
Tim Tigner’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Friday, August 28th: 5 Minutes for Books
Monday, August 31st: BookBub Blog – author guest post – “Eleven Thrillers We’d Kill to See on the Silver Screen”
Wednesday, September 2nd: It’s a Mad Mad World
Thursday, September 3rd: Mallory Heart Reviews
Wednesday, September 9th: BooksChatter – author Q&A
Wednesday, September 9th: BooksChatter – excerpt
Thursday, September 10th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Friday, September 11th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Monday, September 14th: Tales of a Book Addict
Tuesday, September 15th: Fictionophile
Tuesday, September 15th: Building Bookshelves
Thursday, September 17th: Life is Story
Friday, September 18th: The World As I See It
Thursday, September 24th: SJ2B House of Books Blog
Thursday, September 24th: Lazy Day Books
Monday, September 28th: A Book Geek