Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Ulterior Motives by Mark Andrew Olsen

You need to know two things immediately: Mark Andrew Olsen is a stellar fiction author, and this book grabs you by the throat from page one, holding you captive until the very end.

And that is a VERY. GOOD. THING.

Greg Cahill is a man in great pain. Due to a catastrophic accident, he lost his career, then his family and now his self-respect. All he has left is the chance to make a difference in the lives of others.

When an al-Qaeda sleeper cell is awakened in the United States, Greg is called to action in the most unusual way. Problem is, who can he trust? The government who holds the deal, or the terrorist who holds all the cards?

This novel will turn what you believe about Washington, D.C. and Homeland Security on its ear. It will challenge your faith at its core level, and make you think about people you may have felt would NEVER believe.

I had moments when I had to shut the book and walk away just in order to let my mind catch up with the action in the story. I would find myself holding my breath, hesitant to turn the next page yet anxious to see what Mark would create with his words next.

Can Greg accomplish what the government needs him to accomplish, and can he do it without compromising himself? Just who has the pure motives, and who has the ulterior motives?

It all comes down to this: who can be trusted?

Mark Andrew Olsen is an author to be respected: not only does he come up with unique plots about a common topic (terrorism), but he does his homework. Every thread of this story is highly believable...

...which makes it all the more incredible to read. I hope we haven't seen the last of these characters...wishing for a series here!

Until then, I'm rating "Ulterior Motives" with the Golden Bookmark for believable fiction and incredible plot development, with a set of keys to a four-wheeler as a charm.

You'll need it to keep up with the story:-)

Happy Reading!


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