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Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
Flight of the Black Swan by J.M. Erickson is part of the Birds of Flight series and is an action/adventure tale with espionage at its core. When the chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Agency is found dead, Alexander Burns discovers the chairman’s hidden bunker holding a wealth of secrets, missions, and covert ops that could potentially change the world. So unfolds the world of the secret agent as the story encompasses missions from America to Canada and France. Missing persons, revenge, stalking - all have pivotal roles in this fast-paced thriller.
In this novella, it is assumed the reader has already read the previous four books in the series, which will give them familiarity with the characters. However, as a stand-alone read I found the story believable and captivating. Author J.M. Erickson has done a splendid job of creating a complex yet exciting adventure. The writing is smooth and the characters well-developed and with a well-formed storyline that kept me page-turning to the end.
For lovers of espionage thrillers, this will definitely encourage a reader to discover the earlier books in the series. For those who have not, there is a cast of characters at the end which is helpful, although it would have been preferred at the start before the story commences. There are complex characters where previous knowledge would be an advantage, but I was able to follow the storyline without having read the character list. All in all, an enjoyable short read which would work well as a taster for the other full-length books in the series.