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by Christopher Lane,Andrew Britton

At thirty-three, Ryan Kealey has achieved more in his military and CIA career than most men can dream of in a lifetime. He’s also seen the worst life has to offer and is lucky to have survived it. But being left alone with his demons is no longer an option. The CIA needs him badly, because the enemy they’re facing is former U.S. soldier Jason March. Ryan knows all about March – he trained him. He knows they’re dealing with one of the most ruthless assassins in the world, a master of many languages, an explosives expert, a superb sharpshooter who can disappear like a shadow and who is capable of crimes they cannot begin to imagine. And now, March has resurfaced on the global stage, aligning himself with a powerful Middle East terror network whose goal is nothing less than the total destruction of the United States. Teaming up with beautiful and tenacious British-born agent Naomi Kharmai, Ryan intends to break every rule in order to hunt down his former pupil, whatever the cost to himself. As Ryan puts together the pieces of a terrifying puzzle, and as the elusive March taunts him, always staying one step ahead, he discovers the madman’s crusade is personal as well as political – and Ryan himself is an unwitting pawn. With the clock ticking down and the fate of the country resting uneasily on his shoulders, Ryan is caught in a desperate game of cat-and-mouse with the most cunning opponent he’s ever faced, one who will never stop until he’s committed the ultimate act of evil – a man who is all the more deadly for being one of our own.
Download The American (Ryan Kealey Series) epub
ISBN: 1423307305
ISBN13: 978-1423307303
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
Author: Christopher Lane,Andrew Britton
Language: English
Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (March 7, 2006)
ePUB size: 1389 kb
FB2 size: 1317 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 129
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This is a well-written debut novel from an author who knows his stuff and gets the technical facts right without slogging down the reader with too many details.

The story is great when it sticks to the political and espionage plots. The romance the author throws in is a bit clunkier and, although I know why he put it in, it could have been left out, for my taste.

The was one character I was literally hoping would die and I'm glad that, by the end, I got my wish. This person was so annoying I was ready to strangle the character myself.

A good read, perfect for weekends with nothing to do or bus rides to and from work.

I just bought the second one.
The premise of the story was great. What if one of the U.S.'s elite warriors turned against the country who trained him? I wasn't impressed as to how it was told. The protagonist was good, the supporting characters and their actions not quite believable.

Come to think of it, one area where I find Britton's protagonist, Kealy, was a bit unrealistic is when he is constantly looking after his partner/sidekick, worrying about her or saving her from different situations. I picture a SpecOps warrior would put an end to that situation real quick. In the immortal words of Harry Callahan in 'The Enforcer', "I just wanna know that if she wants to play lumberjack, she can handle her end of the log". Obviously the sidekick was out of her element and jeopardized his mission at most every turn. This is not something I would expect a man such a Kealy would tolerate. The behavior did not fit the character.

The author does show promise, though. I'll read his next work and look for improvement.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this story from a first-time novellist. The story line and the suspense reminded me both Vince Flynn and Forsyth's Day of the Jackal, with one minor reservation: some sections are just too full of boring narratives a la Tom Clancy. Despite of that, I still give the book five stars and I just added Britton to my list of must-read authors.
I understand that this was a first published novel by a 23 year old. Also I like books of this genre. Nonetheless I found it quite entertaining and well plotted. Granted that it is not quite to the level of a Vince Flynn or Tom Clancy but I have no doubt if the author would have lived he would have reached those levels. On the technical side I thought it was very well done as were his word pictures of the Middle East, Iranians, CIA, Washington, Cape Town, and the Virginia countryside. I also liked his character descriptions of Kealey and VanderVeen and how they got to where they were at. The only part I was not too crazy about was Kealey's relationships with the female characters which seemed to be either very positive or negative. I was also bothered at the end with Kealey's attempt at giving up on life and I wondered it this was not a message from the author himself. Deepest condolences to his mother and sister.
In addition to great characters, I like knowing the author did research. I love some history and geography thrown in plus the relationship between the federal agencies, so this has it all. A recent problem with these type of books is they become obsolete with changing politics and rapidly changing technology in last 15 years. This book, however, for the most part, remains very relevant. You just may may to substitute to bring in ISIS and a newer BMW model! A very good read. I will continue with this series of books.
In my opinion, 3.5 stars or there about. Would a spec-op warrior really leave his piece on a car seat prior to gong in to his dark house? I thought the ending was way overdone and contrived. When the antagonist learned of our heroes home address, is there anyone who didn't see that one coming? I'm hoping the Assassin (book 2) will flow better.
As needed avid reader of terrorist thrillers, the characters and story of this book were well done and enjoyable.

On the other hand, the writing style of switching between characters and locations at a mere paragraph break (my guess is this was intentionally meant to be clever) is in fact quite distracting and ruined the flow of the story, as halfway through the switching paragraph, I would realize the change and have to restart the paragraph to get my bearings for the shifted story. This is so frustrating that I am hesitant to continue with the series.
I'm not that frequent a reader of espionage or spy novels but I constantly look around for good authors in the genre. I found Andrew Britton by chance. The American is his first book in a series of four, centring on the character of Ryan Kealey, a CIA operative who, in this story, tries to avert an assassination attempt on the life of the US president.

It's a fast and evenly paced book. The premise is believable with good back-fill to the characters, allowing the reader to become absorbed into their lives as they race around parts of the world to prevent disaster. Somehow, you just know that Andrew Britton is writing from his (indirect) experiences as a former member of the US armed forces. However, as I read through the novel, I just didn't feel the level of tension that I would have liked in an espionage story. It was a little predictable, lacking any real surprises through to the end. That said, I have already purchased the other three books in the series.