Book Review #1: Fallen Angels by John Ling



Title: Fallen Angel

Author: John Ling

Genre: Thriller



Kendra Shaw was once a rising star on the counterterrorism circuit. A brilliant operative who specialised in finding, fixing and finishing threats all around the world. But after a harrowing mission goes wrong, the pressure becomes too much for her to take, and she suffers a nervous breakdown.
Now disgraced and suspended from duty, Kendra is sent back home, where she spends months recovering from the trauma.
She thinks she is out of the game, but any peace is short-lived.
One afternoon, on a busy street corner, Kendra spots a familiar face from her past — Ryan Hosseini, the lover she left behind years ago when she decided to serve her country.
Wrestling with old regrets, she is about to approach him when she realises that he isn’t alone. A surveillance team is hovering close by, affiliation unknown, intention unknown. And before Kendra can make sense of the situation, a bomb detonates and rips through the lunchtime crowd, and amidst the fire and rubble, Ryan vanishes.
Now Kendra finds herself on the hunt once more, searching the city, determined to uncover the truth. Is Ryan a victim of circumstance? Or is he a home-grown terrorist on the verge of unleashing an even deadlier attack?


Fallen Angel is the book you should go for if you want to read an action packed thriller with a strong female lead. Our protagonist Kendra Shaw is the perfect equivalent of Jason Borne. A complete bad ass, adaptive and agile, we follow Kendra as she tries to find out what heck is happening and what role does her former boyfriend has in all this. The plot is pretty simple, but the approach and execution is different and fun. You can clearly see that Kendra doesn’t want to be there but the circumstance is such that she has no other option. The writing style is simple yet effective, and the use of short chapters helps the pace of the story. Talking of pace, it is superfast and adrenaline pumping, you can complete this book in one go. You can feel your own heartbeat when Kendra falls into tough situations with the bad guys. And you just keep looking forward to how she comes out of the situation. Another plus point of the story was the supporting characters. Jim (mentor) and Adam (co-worker) are completely real and likeable characters. Their contribution towards Kendra’s mission makes them characters of quality.


Final Verdict:

Fallen Angel is a total must read with 5 out of 5 stars.

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