Steven F. Freeman’s Nefarious-The Blackwell Files 1

I received this book for the purpose of a fair review.

We follow Captain Alton Blackwell here. A cryptographer working first for the Army in the field in Afghanistan, and then back in the States in a civilian security firm. We get to follow along for the ride when he gets dragged into the mystery of how and why his friend died.

This book was amazing. I’m not really much of a fan of military fiction, but Mr. Freeman handled it so well, focusing more on the intra-personal relationships, and not much of the military standard operating procedures. Mixed into this narrative is what one man will do for a vendetta.

The story interlaced many of the main plot points throughout the scenes in Afghanistan. It was great, though I did find one real problem with the book. That was how the story appeared to slow to a crawl in the second half.

The characters were powerfully portrayed, and they are what makes the story worth reading. I quite enjoyed the book. And would recommend it. As you probably know by now, I like to keep hardbacks of the books I enjoy. This will be one that I will be picking up soon.

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