Surveillance by Reece Hirsch

Surveillance by Reece Hirsch

This is the second novel I have read this week which concerns the NSA, and the increasing police state which has resulted from its activities. Indeed, Surveillance shares a lot of the same themes and ideas that were covered in the book I just finished reading. (The God’s Eye View by Barry Eisler) I was not aware at the time that this was one of a series of books, but I don’t think you need to have read the previous ones.

This is a fairly standard fugitive-esque story of people on the run from the government, after being framed for crimes they did, or did not commit. But the author doesn’t stop there, throwing drug cartels and paramilitaries into the mix.

This novel was actually pretty engaging, thematically reminiscent of Minority Report and Enemy of the State. But I felt like it was ultimately disjointed, and wound up being rather predictable – if you’ve watched enough movies or tv shows in this genre.

Perhaps if I had read it at a different time to the Barry Eisler book I might not have felt quite the same way about the ground this novel covers. I thought it was a solid story, competently told, without being inspired.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

3/5 stars

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