“The Mandarin’s Vendetta” eBook was published in 2016 (September) and was written by Wesley Robert Lowe (http://wesleyrobertlowe.com). Mr. Lowe has published nine novels. This is the second in the “Rayna Tan” series.
I received a galley of this novel for review from the author. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set mostly in China and North Korea. The primary character is Rayna Tan, formerly a Canadian Special Forces operative and now filling a similar role for Fidelitas.
Tan is part of the Fidelitas team that heads to China seeking justice for a pair of earthquake caused school collapses. Fidelitas is a shadowy organization that uses its might to seek justice. While pursuing those responsible, the team discovers a more sinister plot to kill many Americans.
The Fidelitas team finds themselves in one life threatening situation after another. Adopted Tan is also able to discover some of her long thought lost roots. While most of the party survives, they do not avoid tragedy.
This was an interesting 3.5 hours read of this 262 page Thriller. While the pace was fast and there was plenty of action, the flow of the story felt rough to me. The focus seemed to jump around rather than focus in depth on scenes in the story. I think it would have been improved with a little polishing. I do think that the cover art was well chosen for the novel. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.
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