Review of The Rogue Agent by Daniel Judson
The Rogue Agent by Daniel Judson is a perfect read for military, ex-military, or people who really enjoy that genre of story. I have a few reasons both positive and negative to say about the book. However, the negative is more personal issues I had problems with versus things that I believe would affect the masses.
I like to end on a positive note, so I will start with the negatives. For starters, there is a TON of detail which is fantastic in a story as it helps the reader picture exactly what is going on. I have a basic knowledge of military terms, guns, and things of that nature. There were so many varieties of guns and weapons named that the ones I knew I could obviously picture perfectly but the ones I did not, I did not take the time to look them up as I would have never finished the story. So unless you have intimate or extensive knowledge of military arsenals, it can be confusing and overwhelming.
Secondly, it was the second book in a series. Now, this is my own fault and something I cannot hold against the author. There was enough back story added in that I could follow just fine but I think relationships would have been much more clear for me had I read the first book first as most people would do. My issue from this is that most books I read in a series that are not the first I generally cannot tell that I have missed a book previous and find out later. They can stand alone on the story. This story, I noticed a little way into it, I thought to myself like I was missing something and felt like I was not in a stand-alone book as I do with many of the books I read that are not the first in the story. Like I said previously, this is nothing I can hold against the author as I did that to myself. I was given this book for free in exchange for a review of it. I will be reading the first in the series though, which I hope many see as ultimately a compliment to the story, because I want to know more of the story.
With all that said, I was hooked within the first few chapters of the book, and by around chapter eight I would say, I was totally immersed. It was non-stop action and very fast paced. I liked that the chapters were short which I personally find helps make a book read faster, or at least seem that way. At the end of almost every chapter, I wanted to keep reading as it would end in great suspense. This also moved the story along a very rapid pace.
Overall, the issues I had with the book were ones that I inflicted on myself and not due to poor writing. I would recommend this book (actually I already have) and I have a feeling the series as well. As I said earlier, I did receive this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are completely my own.