Confessions of Eden

Fiction - Thriller - Espionage
335 Pages
Reviewed on 03/30/2019
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Author Biography

Scott Shinberg has served in leadership positions across the US Government and industry for over twenty-five years. He has worked in and with the US Air Force, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and most "Three-Letter Agencies." While in government service, he served as an Air Force Intelligence Operations Officer and a Special Agent with the FBI. He lives in Virginia with his wife and sons.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Confessions of Eden by Scott Shinberg will appeal to fans of sleuth and espionage stories, and thrillers that feature intrigue and action. Readers are introduced to a new covert operative for the CIA Special Activities Division; ambitious Michelle Reagan, code name Eden, who is thrust into the world of espionage. While she works hard to get results and please her boss, she has to face her conscience every step of the way because she must hurt innocent people across the globe in her work. Curiously, she has a strong attraction for the person who looks at her as a murderer. Can Michelle accept her role as a cover agent and cast morals aside, and how many more innocent people need to get hurt?

This novel is purpose-driven; it is written for those who enjoy action, but the strength of the characters is one of the irresistible elements of this well-crafted thriller. Scott Shinberg creates a compelling protagonist in Eden and infuses her with humanity and realism. It is interesting to follow the psychological conflict she experiences, for while she has a very difficult career, she is deeply human with a strong sense of justice and the concept of right and wrong. It is this element of humanity that adds strength to the realism permeating the narrative and it makes the story even more interesting. Confessions of Eden is told in a powerful voice, featuring streams of consciousness that plunge readers into the protagonist's turmoil. Fast-paced and filled with action, it is one of those books you feel compelled to read nonstop.

Romuald Dzemo

Confessions of Eden by Scott Shinberg is a fascinating thriller that explores the world of espionage, featuring a complex female protagonist. Michelle Reagan is a covert operative for the CIA Special Activities Division, who goes by the code name Eden. Newly recruited into the division, she is passionate about her work, skilled, and driven. But there is a huge problem — the more she gets into her job, the blurrier the fine line between duty and morality becomes. While she wrestles with questions of conscience, she has to deal with an attraction to a man who considers her a killer. Follow the incredible, quite often troubling and dangerous adventures of Eden.

Scott Shinberg makes readers feel what it is like to be a covert operative and to work on dangerous missions. What makes the narrative so spellbinding is the internal conflict within the protagonist, the fear of ultimately losing her humanity. There are tight spots in the plot, narrow escapes, and also disturbing moments of intense action that have strong consequences on the characters. Both the key and the minor characters are so well crafted that they keep the reader riveted. Confessions of Eden is well written, with intense action and an interesting sense of balance when it comes to the plot points and style. The dialogues are measured and revealing and the author uses these to develop other elements of the narrative — humor, conflict, character, and plot. For fans of crime and espionage, Confessions of Eden comes across as a tour de force in entertainment.