Note: I received a free copy of this book from Online Book Club in exchange for an honest review. You can check out both the novel and other reviews here.
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This feels pretty fitting for my 100th post. I just finished reading Trojan by David L. Wallace, and to be honest with you, I was really impressed and completely blown away!
Victor Walker’s sole responsibility as Sr. Manager of White House Defense Armament Systems was to ensure America’s flagship armament servers remain up and operational, to protect against major attacks, both foreign and domestic. His performance garnered him praise for his genius from both the office of the President and the Secretary of Defense. On the evening of August 7th, a dark cloud overshadowed his otherwise bright and shining existence. Suddenly and without warning, all flagship armament servers crashed – a complete meltdown. Star Wars, Air Force One, Doomsday Briefcase and Guidance Systems were all rendered useless. As Victor raced to ID the root cause of the disaster to avert a non-defensible strike on America, he found something didn’t pass the smell test. Indicators pointed to a rodent on the loose – to a Trojan – to a mole within America’s government that was assisting a hostile enemy.
I feel like I say this often, but this isn’t my normal type of book. I mean, I like certain films with this kind of plot because they often are very fast-paced and are easy to get lost in. But I’ve never tried reading a book like this before, and I think the main reason is that I feel I don’t have enough knowledge to understand or appreciate it. I know enough about politics to carry on an intelligent (and sometimes heated) discussion, but I am far from an expert on how the whole system actually works, so I was nervous to start Trojan. I love a book that makes me think, but no one likes to read a book that makes them feel stupid. But as it turns out, I had nothing to be nervous about.
First, I’d like to mention that this was Wallace’s first novel, but you would never know it. He has a very strong writing presence and style, one that made me think he had been at this for many years and many books. And while this is something I wouldn’t normally go for, I was sucked into the story immediately. Normally when reading a book that I plan to review, I open up a word document and start taking notes right away. This time was different. The book was so fast-paced, causing the reader to get so entirely caught up in the drama that I completely forgot! And what’s better, I didn’t feel the need to take notes. I couldn’t find enough criticism to do so!
Trojan moves like a film does, and Wallace is able to get any reader to completely understand the situation at hand. Even if there are concepts that are foreign to you, he walks you through them in a way so subtle that you barely notice, and I really like that. Sometimes it can feel like an author is shoving information down your throat so they can more quickly get to the good stuff. Trojan feels like the opposite. It feels like you already know the concepts as you’re learning them, and I really have to applaud Wallace for that.
Victor serves as a great protagonist, and even the secondary characters are fantastic! Wallace is able to put doubt in our minds about each character, while simultaneously making us care for them. There are more than a few heartbreaking moments, and for such a short novel I was surprised at the fact that I actually felt sad. Again, it says something about the author’s talents. You are able to connect in a short period of time, and that is no easy task.
I don’t have much criticism for the book. I think the only thing that held the story back, in truth, was it’s ending. While the ending itself was good, it felt a little rushed. I think Wallace could have spent a little more time on the final twists, and especially on the resolution. There was some questions about Victor’s family that were left unanswered that a nice little epilogue could have solved. Victor went through a lot in this story and as such, he deserved a more complete ending. That is the only reason I give this book 4/5 stars. Otherwise it would be a perfect 5. I really enjoyed it, finding it to be a super easy but incredibly fun and dramatic read. I would recommend this to anyone who likes mystery, intrigue, and something that will get their blood pumping.
You can check out what others thought of Trojan and the book itself over at Online Book Club, here!
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