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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
The Ulterior Motive by Jack Coleston was a great read. It took me a few pages to get into the story, but once I became familiar with the characters, I was hooked and I didn’t want to put the book down. The subject is an attempt by a fanatical Sunni Group, led by a Caliph with a grudge against the Americans, to wreak as much damage on the United States by any means possible. The Arabs are incredibly ingenious, planning one incursion after another. There are plenty of twists and turns, but throughout the story we learn the reasons for earlier actions which keep you wondering at first until all is made clear. I’m not going to give away anything here, but the hotel bathroom renovation had me curious for several chapters. We are aware there is a mole somewhere in the CIA, but we don’t know at first who it is. The narrative builds to a satisfying conclusion.
This book is right up to date, the events are set in 2014, and the author gives us descriptions of equipment and technology that, if they are factual, lead me to think a lot of research went into the writing. From the information at the end, author Jack Coleston mentions that The Ulterior Motive is the first in a new series, and I, for one, will be looking out for the others when they are published. A great book with believable characters you care about, plenty of suspense and surprises, an easy to read steady flow, and a well deserved 5 stars from me.