Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Outsource by Douglas G. Hearle is a political thriller with an interesting cast of characters, a strong plot, and an exciting setting. A New York businessman, a globetrotter, is employed by the CIA to carry their messages surreptitiously to their contacts in Southeast Asian governments. The territory is reported to be a breeding ground for terrorists and Indonesia becomes a very interesting spot for them. The amateur intelligence agent quickly gets absorbed into a plot to commit a terrible crime of the century, a crime with strong links to Wall Street. The exciting story takes readers on a race across cities and continents, culminating in the CIA’s own base in Langley. Can the plotters pull off the insidious murder of the President?
This is a compelling, intricate tale involving a powerful cast of characters and readers will be intrigued by the Presidents Committee. Douglas G. Hearle has masterfully crafted his story in a style very close to Robert Ludlum’s, with chapters that are designed to ignite new and higher levels of interest in readers, each chapter becoming an appetizer for the next. The pacing is fast and readers will enjoy watching the amateur intelligence agent in his blunders. Here is a story that combines powerful themes like political intrigue, patriotism, and business with exceptionally storytelling skills to create a complex world for readers to navigate. Outsource features a well-plotted story with characters that are memorable and an international setting that will have readers wishing they were actually crossing borders.