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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
The President of the United States is ripe for assassination, and all FBI Agent Mike Kowalski has to do is prove it, and prevent it, in Henry Farley's novel Defy the Odds. The events that hurl themselves at Mike from every direction are top-down. Prong one is POTUS Tom Malley and his near-political suicide with a blanket meat ban. Prong two is the backroom machinations of a well-oiled plot to replace Malley with a puppet Republican as leader of the free world. Prong three is the infiltration of operatives strategically placed by a crime boss—including in Mike's own trusted circle—in high-stakes espionage and murder plot.
A novel with a rising body count, bombs, spycraft, a nod to the small California city of Walnut Creek that I personally lived in, and...a porn-stache. Defy the Odds is basically my Christmas list in a tidy novel by Henry Farley. I had doubts in the first few chapters when Farley was quick to point out that FBI Agent Mike Kowalski's sidekick James is an FBI mole and saboteur, but as the book progresses it becomes clear this direction is relevant to the plot trajectory and not the spoiler it seems. Surprises are everywhere and there continue to be shockers throughout, namely murders that are real and even one that only pretends to be [enter, the porn-stache]. The prose is tidy when all is accounted for and those pages turn fast. I finished in two days and loved every minute of it. Very highly recommended.