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The Sandman – David Lucero

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★★★★

The problem I see with this job is that I don’t have much of a chance of making it back,” Rolando said evenly. “And that’s always been an important factor for someone in my line of work.”

David Rolando is an excellent saboteur – he’s done jobs for the CIA for years and this latest one is probably one of the most difficult he will ever have to face.

He has to nuke an Iranian nuclear plant – he has to ensure a core meltdown before the Iranians are able to develop the material into nuclear weapons.

“Is that your justification for the possible cause of death of untold millions?”

And he’s successful…

“We don’t have all the damage reports in yet,” Dr. Balim said, stepping forward. “The monitors indicate it could be extensive.”

But successful only to a point – as the Iranians race to save their facility, Ronaldo fights a desperate battle to ensure that his sabotage sticks.

A little voice in the back of his head told him now was the time to leave this place.

This is definitely my favorite of the Lucero novels.

It’s told through alternating perspectives between the Iranians and the Sandman and wow. What an interesting dichotomy that made! 

I couldn’t tell who to root for and it really brought up an interesting interpretation of the novel.

The Sandman’s moral dilemma really brought this novel to life…that and his sheer badassery.

Every scene he was in was just entirely amazing.

“If nine men cannot kill one man…then two more stand no better chance.”

The only thing that gave me pause was that I did have a bit of trouble telling all the characters apart.

In particular, we were thrown name-after-name for the Iranian-run nuclear power plant. I think if the characters were introduced more slowly or with more reminder tags, then I would have followed a bit better.

Though, as it stands, this was an absolutely riveting read! Hats off to the author!

With thanks to the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Interested in this one from David Lucero? Pick up your copy from:  Amazon

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