I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts on “Hunting Nora Stone” by Colin Weldon today, a self published book available in paperback and also eBook.
Taken from the streets, no money, no family, Nora Stone is transformed by a black ops division of the CIA. Her body, now a mixture of sophisticated bio-engineering, has become a lethal weapon. A weapon that has disappeared. Eddie Conrad, an Ex Navy seal turned military analyst, is counting the days to when he can be officially discharged. His nightmares, following a year in captivity in Syria, the only survivor of a mission gone wrong, are growing worse. When the bodies of a tactical team sent in to find Nora Stone show up horribly mutilated, Eddie is coerced into going back into the field to find her. But Nora wants to be found, is waiting to be found. And is ready to take revenge
Nora Stone, a nobody who is part of a top-secret bio-engineering research and development program and she has gone AWOL. Eddie Conrad has been ordered to bring her in. He has the support of a tech geek and a psychologist, they have no real field experience, but have invaluable knowledge and background of Nora. As things evolve in the story, Eddie soon realises that he does not have all the facts, things don’t smell right and discovers that there are secrets, cover-ups, lies and corruption. Also that there are things that are more top secret than top secret itself.
This is a well paced book that I really enjoyed reading. It has a technological aspect to it, with computers, bio-engineering and various other things, but to be honest it is not an intense information overload, it gives enough to make you realise that this is advanced science but not so much that you get bamboozled. What starts off as being a woman hunt, takes a few turns and reforms into something else, very nicely manipulated to add some good plot twists. It has a good deal of conspiracy, corruption and secrets of a military aspect, that goes down well with this reader. The characters themselves I found to be memorable, and soon recognised them and their roles, there is not a huge cast, which for this book is perfect given the top top-secret aspects. They are gradually introduced as the story progresses.
So given that it is a book with a technology side to it that I would not understand if too advanced, I found it to be an enjoyable, well paced book, that I actually felt I understood and made sense. I really liked the idea behind it, the bio-engineered or super soldier aspect. As I said I really liked this, it is a book that put me in mind of Universal Soldier meets Jack Reacher.
I think this would appeal to readers who like a military style action adventure read, with an element of slight sci-fi, with a good deal or corruption and conspiracy thrown in. A book that I would have happily read in one sitting if I didn’t have to go to work.
My thanks to Colin for sending me a e -copy of this book, my views expressed are my own and are unbiased. I will add that there were a couple of typo’s but nothing that detracts from the story and my enjoyment of reading it, and I have not accounted for these in my rating of the book on Amazon or Goodreads.
About the Author:
I am from Dublin, Ireland and have been writing most of my life. I studies Journalism and then went on to do an MA in Screenwriting. I love travelling, reading but most days you’ll find me sitting in one of the many coffee shops around the city trying to write stories.
- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (12 Sept. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1975773772
- ISBN-13: 978-1975773779
- Purchase from Amazon UK ~ Amazon US
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