Project Kratos

Guarding the Homeland in the Service of our Nation

Fiction - Military
554 Pages
Reviewed on 04/07/2021
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Project Kratos: A Novel — Guarding the Homeland in the Service of our Nation by Vincent Saladin is a great read for fans of military and twistedly plotted action thrillers. Brian Hartley is an ex-Army Ranger and Private Investigator with enhanced abilities, a man with a receiver-transmitter device surgically implanted in his brain. He is enlisted to protect Paul Oakwood and his wife Katie. Paul is a computer wizard and his wife is a neurosurgeon. Soon Brian finds himself in the crosshairs of a terrorist group that is determined to blow up Washington DC. While protecting Paul and his wife, Brian becomes engulfed in a war he never asked for and he must deal with cutting-edge technology if he is to succeed. Can the skills he acquired in the past help as he gets enmeshed in the top-secret project code-named Kratos?

This novel can only be imagined and written by someone with military experience. It is fast-paced and features sophisticated characters. I was pulled in from the start of the novel; the author introduces the protagonist immediately and the reader is left in no doubt that so much is at stake, given the sophistication of Brian’s task and his personality. It is very clever, written in gorgeous prose, featuring descriptions that are strong and vivid. I enjoy writing that is propulsive and error-free and Vincent Saladin provides more than that — the author creates a protagonist that readers will love in the same way they love Lee Child’s Jack Reacher. Project Kratos is a satisfying read — period!

Vincent Dublado

Vincent Saladin’s Project Kratos: Guarding the Homeland in the Service of our Nation is a skillful military novel with a thrilling plot that lives up to it. The storyline cuts to the chase and goes straight to the core of the action that sustains its premise. Ex-Army Ranger and Private Investigator Brian Hartley is at the center of it all. He meets the husband and wife team of Paul and Katie Oakwood. Paul is a noted computer scientist and Katie is a brilliant neurosurgeon. The couple has chosen Brian to help protect their work, as the Human Enhancement Research Institute (HERI) is interested in obtaining a system that the couple has developed. The institute is becoming more and more aggressive, and should they get their hands on the system, they would have the power to manipulate the spy games among governments and intelligence agencies. Brian is familiar with HERI which makes him the right man for the job—a job that will pit his skills against a huge terrorist group.

Project Kratos has a meaty storyline that hinges on the trope about an action hero struggling with his own demons while saving the day. Sure, it has already been done way back in the days of cheap pulp fiction, but its uniqueness lies in the execution. Vincent Saladin explores the amoral climate besetting the interests of governments in the race for supremacy of arms and information. There are plenty of bad guys in this novel, and Hartley is motivated to get to the core of the truth because he is also searching for personal answers. This is where you realize that the plot has a deeper purpose other than the characters expending high levels of verbal and kinetic energy. I enjoyed reading Project Kratos. It does not pretend to be something and then falls short at the end. Perhaps it is because Saladin has the ability to be focused and sincere.

Rabia Tanveer

Project Kratos: A Novel - Guarding the Homeland in the Service of our Nation by Vincent Saladin is an action-packed military thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you read on until the end. Brian Hartley used to be an Army Ranger, but now he is a private investigator with a team that he is proud of. Usually, his projects involved exposing cheating spouses, but his new case was something different. This time, Brian was asked to protect Paul and Katie Oakwood. Paul was a computer genius who created a new technology that could put humanity in danger if it fell into the wrong hands. And it seemed like some terrorists already had their eye on the technology. It was up to Brian and his team to make sure the Oakwoods stayed safe, but that proved to be difficult when his own life came under fire. Would Brian be able to protect his new charges and make it out alive?

Action-packed and fast-paced; Project Kratos had me hooked from the very beginning. The mystery behind Project Kratos, the Oakwood couple's involvement, and Brian's invigorating mind made the story for me. Brian was an intelligent character, and he used his intelligence for the best in the plot. Even when he was tied right next to a bomb, he never lost his wits, and he acted with a plan. He trusted his instincts, but he never let them overtake his mind. For some reason, I didn't trust Katie or Paul. They seemed a little shady to me from the beginning, but I think that all has to do with the mystery Vincent Saladin created around them both. The narrative was mysterious; it had an air of terror and indecisiveness that had my blood racing for more. It could be a great action movie or TV series that I would love to watch.

Foluso Falaye

Brian—a former Army Ranger turned private detective—is called to protect Paul Oakwood, his wife, and their futuristic technology. He is selected because of his skills and the fact that the death of his parents might have been caused by the same company that is after the couple's technology. From wanting to design a machine that would enable man to interact in real time with computers for research purposes, Paul designed a machine that could help in developing super soldiers but could also cause great harm in the wrong hands. However, a plan to use the technology to curb terrorism develops. Will Brian and his team be able to stop the next terrorist attack with the new technology? Project Kratos by Vincent Saladin is a thrilling military, sci-fi novel set in a technologically advanced world.

Prepare for a deep, enthralling, and addictive experience as the characters in Project Kratos surveil potential terrorists with advanced technology and set up intricate plans that metamorphose as the plot develops and the antagonists become more cautious and dangerous! All the guns, action, and plans in Project Kratos made me feel like a spy involved in combatting terrorism. The characters are well-developed, and their detailed backstories made me understand them better. One thing I liked a lot is how the antagonist is depicted to be human and is not completely demonized. Vincent Saladin masters the act of immersing his audience in Project Kratos. Even the futuristic ideas are easy to picture. Also, the sci-fi concepts are sophisticated and mentally stimulating. Project Kratos would appeal to readers who love to unravel elaborate, complex, and well-structured stories about combatting terrorism with the use of futuristic technology.

Jose Cornelio

Project Kratos: Guarding the Homeland in the Service of our Nation by Vincent Saladin is a thriller with strong conflict that moves the story forward. The plot follows Ex-Army Ranger and Private Investigator Brian Hartley, who is hired to protect two important assets: a computer genius called Paul Oakwood and his wife, Dr. Katie Oakwood, who is a neurosurgeon. It should have been an easy mission of surveillance; at least, that is the impression he had when briefed by the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. But he and his team quickly find themselves immersed in a significant terrorist plot and they have not been well informed about this mission. Soon, Brian is confronted with a complex war against terrorists and becoming part of the top-secret project named Kratos.

This interesting story is well-written with compelling characters. Brian Hartley a man with enhanced skills, ex-military, and he has a good team to work with. Readers will enjoy following him and people around him like Sam and General Thomas. The villain is also well-developed; Muhammad makes for a formidable adversary. His wife, Souri, is as vicious as she is cunning. This is a thriller that contains robust writing, sprinkled with good dialogues. I experienced the drive and the excitement from the very first page, where the action begins. It has a large array of fully drawn characters and the pacing moves at breakneck speed. Project Kratos: A Novel is an engaging military tale that explores themes of terrorism and patriotism, pitting a hero against an enemy bent on bringing the US to its knees. It is every bit as engaging as any in the genre.