First Bullet

Fiction - Thriller - Espionage
318 Pages
Reviewed on 04/14/2023
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Author Biography

Multi-Award-Winning author ANDREW CERONI served a distinguished career as a full Colonel, USAF, and a Senior Supervisory Special Agent focused in global espionage investigations as well as counterespionage and antiterrorism operations throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the Pacific Rim. Ceroni grew up in Poughkeepsie, NY, where he attended public schools. Receiving a congressional nomination, he attended the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, graduating with a B.S. Degree. Ceroni received his M.A. Degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, and completed studies in German and French languages at the University of Maryland. Ceroni is an author of seven award-winning novels in the thriller genre and a member of Authors Guild.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

First Bullet by Andrew J. Ceroni Jr. is a brilliantly written espionage thriller. Roy and his wife are eating dinner when he notices a group of men sitting near their table. His suspicions are aroused and he questions the manager. Soon after, CIA Agent Dave McClure is sent to Ocho Rios to investigate the circumstances surrounding Roy’s death. Dave’s investigation leads him to a Chinese military base in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. There have been several confrontations in the Gulf of Mexico between American and Chinese missile submarines. It is not clear if there is a connection between these incidents and the Chinese military base. To add drama, the CIA is warned about a plot to overthrow the German government and the invasion of Poland and the Czech Republic. Dave and the CIA have their hands full to prevent a world war.

First Bullet is an outstanding tale of espionage. Andrew J. Ceroni Jr. planned an enthralling story, and three plots are woven together. I was hooked from the first page until the end. It was a brilliant read and fast-paced. With all the non-stop action, there was never a dull moment. The descriptions of the events were detailed and vivid. It was easy to lose myself in this world of espionage and become part of it. It was a real page-turner full of twists and turns. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters were excellently developed and were both authentic and intriguing. It is a riveting work full of action with a fitting end.