Fiction - Thriller - Political
438 Pages
Reviewed on 03/04/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Whistleblower is a work of fiction in the political thriller genre aimed at an adult audience and written by Terry Morgan. The book is a slow-burning drama following a former political figure, driven away from their country in disgrace, returning to expose a vast and incredible scandal involving the embezzling of money intended for people in desperate need of it. Encompassing issues from all across the geopolitical world, the hardened central character undergoes a dangerous mission that could shake the political establishment to its very core. The hero’s battle is torn between personal revenge against those who made him an outcast, and a crusade to give justice to the vulnerable people preyed upon by the greedy people in power.

Fans of realistic, tough and gritty modern fiction are sure to adore the work of author Terry Morgan, who brings thrills and action to the world of the global political conspiracy genre with great gusto. The atmosphere surrounding protagonist Jim Smith is constantly thick with subterfuge, secrets, and lies, and the threat is conveyed beautifully with Morgan’s sharp prose and atmospheric dialogue. Each chapter is a masterclass in heightening tension, and the plot is well-paced to reveal sections of the unfolding mysteries and revelations without giving too much away or holding it all back. This results in a really well-paced read that keeps you turning pages from cover to cover, and I’d definitely recommend Whistleblower to all fans of political drama and interpersonal stories with truly determined heroes.

Christian Sia

Whistleblower by Terry Morgan is a spellbinding thriller that follows Jim Smith, an unusual character, a man who has spent thirty years running his own successful manufacturing business and is now on a mission to expose one of the most painful forms of corruption. His business acumen and the fact that he’s lived off his wits in a competitive world set him apart as one who can offer something different to the good people of Amberley - if not the world. He has been on the run for accusations of corruption. But this time, he comes back, determined to expose a huge scandal. A large amount of international aid money is being siphoned off by those who already have money and resources and who are looking for even more. Can Jim Smith stay undercover and bring to light the scandal while protecting himself?

Intelligently plotted and fast-paced, Whistleblower is character-driven and moves forward, driven by a powerful conflict. The protagonist isn’t a young and powerful character, but an aging man and a retired politician who’s always functioned by his wits and readers will easily connect to his vulnerability, which makes him a convincing character. The author does a good job of exploring themes of politics, justice, crime, and a character’s unwavering quest to expose the truth. The characters are well-developed and the plot ingeniously thought-out. Great writing, punctuated with exciting dialogues. The setting is captured in vivid descriptions and Terry Morgan gives readers strong imagery. This is a breezy read with characters that readers will enjoy.

Rabia Tanveer

Whistleblower by Terry Morgan is an action-packed political drama that brings something very pressing into the spotlight. Jim Smith used to be a politician who had to get away, but now he is secretly coming back to England to start a new election campaign. But that is not the only reason why he is coming back. There is something bad happening and he hopes to figure it out. The International Aid money is being stolen and Jim is ready to uncover where it is going and who is stealing it. He has some people to help him out (who may be questionable with questionable intentions), but he is uncovering surprising truths, making him question everything. When the US aid program comes under scrutiny, Jim and his team get everything they need to solve this mystery once and for all. But can they really trust anyone? Jim is trying to do something good that will benefit him in the end as well, but will he even find anything at the end of the road or will it be his end?

Whistleblower by Terry Morgan is a fast-paced thriller, one that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and waiting for more. Corruption is a major issue for countries all over the world and there are many authors who are talking about this, but I feel like Terry Morgan has done, by far, the best job of it. The author takes readers from Thailand to England and many other countries in between as the characters try to unravel the mystery. The mystery itself is thick; it is a whole entity in this story. You will enjoy trying to figure out what is going to happen next, but you will never be able to do it. Jim is a very strong-willed protagonist and his chemistry with his “partners” was very entertaining. They worked together well and their interactions made reading this detailed story really satisfying. This an incredible mystery/thriller that would actually be a great motion picture as well.

Romuald Dzemo

Whistleblower by Terry Morgan is a spellbinding thriller with a memorable protagonist and a cast of strong characters. Jim Smith is an ex-politician who has fled abroad because of threats on his life and accusations of fraud. People have been siphoning off huge sums of international aid money and Jim Smith is determined to expose the scandal. Returning secretly, he has to be very calculating, for he is dealing with crooks who have a lot of money and who use their money and power to steal more from the poor. It is a slippery path, and can he succeed against powerful enemies who are as organized as they are unforgiving?

The protagonist is an aging man who depends on his experience and his wits. He is genuinely flawed and believable. The setting is meticulously written, with beautiful descriptions of locales, spanning across different countries and continents — USA, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. There is a stubbornness about Jim that immediately rubs off on the reader. While the protagonist doesn’t come across as a detective or the kind of character one would easily find in such novels, he is original, driven by a strong motivation for justice, and it is this motivation that sets him off on a dangerous path. He might be physically not so fit, but the clumsiness of his physique is complemented by his intelligence and ability to anticipate what his enemies are up to. Whistleblower is well-plotted and skillfully written, and I enjoyed everything from the gorgeous prose to the deft character handling. It is fast; it is exciting; it is surprisingly delightful.

Jamie Michele

Whistleblower by Terry Morgan is a political fiction thriller that centers around the story's protagonist, James “Jim” Smith. Smith is a former politician who has been living a solitary and hidden existence, tucked away in East Asia following a catastrophic and legally dire fall from grace. The book is narrated in a somewhat omniscient point of view with observations that dance between characters—both good and bad—with Smith often speaking to himself or his absent mother in running dialogue and, sometimes, a stream of consciousness. The pieces of the puzzle behind Smith's set-up and the vengeance he seeks to prove his innocence click together as the story crisscrosses the globe to reveal who and for what reason Smith was made a scapegoat in a scandalous and salacious accusation of fraud.

Whistleblower is an exciting, witty work of fiction with a great deal of suspense and an imperfect protagonist that is relatively easy to be drawn to. Terry Morgan builds the thriller in layers, fleshing out the plot and the characters as the momentum grows. He takes his time, giving a reader ample opportunity to find their bearings without a loss of pace, which is necessary with the number of points of view rendered. The narrative is occasionally a little dense and moderately loquacious, but readers of the genre who enjoy the likes of Michael Dobbs, Tom Clancy, and Frederick Forsyth will appreciate the painstaking detail and realistic portrayals that Morgan provides. Overall, this is a fantastic novel and one which I could easily see being branched out into a series surrounding Smith, in the same way Clancy has blazed with Jack Ryan. Highly recommended.