Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I felt this novel consisted of a bunch of plot ideas which were thrown into a melting pot, all of which occasionally bubbled to the surface for inspection. I’m afraid to say that while there were some interesting ideas in there, they were all jumbled together in ways which I neither understood, nor particularly cared about.
I felt like this was trying very hard to be a Tom Clancy novel, and in fact I picked up a recently-released Tom Clancy (ghostwritten) novel with a similar premise – the Russian oligarchs are trying to control the world’s economy by controlling the oil, yada yada yada.
I found it hard to review this novel because I never really felt like I understood what was going on, and in the end I felt none the wiser. Sure there were exciting things like ACTION! EXPLOSIONS! MURDER! but the description of the book was kind of vague, and now I see the reason why.
It’s not a particularly new story, and not told in a particularly interesting way.