Michael Chase #1. Fantastic Press (Aug. 2013) Blog Tour
A Chinese satellite is on crash course with Earth.
It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city.
And that's the good news...In the tradition of Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and Robert Ludlum, comes a new hero.Michael Chase is a twenty-six year old backpacker, a recent college grad, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese Secret Police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too. If Michael is going to live, he'll need to find a hidden piece of Nazi technology lost since World War II. And he'll have to do it before anyone else. Because if he doesn't, a little plutonium is going to be the least of his problems.
So I've never listened to an audiobook before Lethal Circuit. It was a very different experience than just reading a book for obvious reasons but also just because I didn't know what to expect. The narrator was perfect for this spy thriller book. I thought it a little strange that he voiced the only woman in the story, Kate, but it was more than anything amusing when he did so. His voice was perfect for the rest of the stories and I liked when he did accents for different characters. I noticed that there was a lot of visual description of what was going on with the story. Reading the description of surroundings or events happening is completely different from listening to it. It actually really enhances the story and made me interested in what was happening in Lethal Circuit more.
The story was really interesting. I'm not the spy thriller type of reader so it was a nice change of pace. Michael and his father's relationship was really apparent in the book. I really liked that the author made us connect with their relationship by having these sort of flashbacks to what lessons his father taught him. Michael himself was a very logical and determined character which got him into some tough situations. He was really likable just by himself. Kate was a spy who worked with his father and she was alright. I liked that there was another character there to have Michael's back but the little romance going on between them was... just no. It was minimal and didn't work. I didn't really understand the need for it. Their "romance" was the only part of the story I didn't enjoy which means I did enjoy everything else. I liked the setting, the complexity of the story, seeing everything from different points of view, Michael's personality, and the revelations at the end about a couple of people. Lethal Circuit is a very good story if you enjoy books with any of those aspects especially if you just want something different from your usual reads.
About the Author
Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and a graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His debut thriller novel, Lethal Circuit, has been an amazon top 100 Technothriller since its release. Guignard has wanted to write Indian stories for kids ever since he attended a boarding school in the majestic Himalayas. The time he spent in the “school above the clouds” affected him profoundly, and once he returned home to North America he was struck by the lack of children’s stories from India available in our culture. Since India is such an incredible country, he decided to write a series of action adventure books for young adults about India to introduce young readers to this magical, mystical land. So if you’re looking for a great book adventure for kids, try Ghost Leopard today!
Thanks to Candace's Book Blog Tour and the author for providing me a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review!