Author: Jeff Abbott
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: January 5, 2016
It takes a delicate touch to create a heavy, complicated plot. Too much detail and the reader becomes distracted and frustrated. Too little, and the suspense is lost. Jeff Abbott has mastered the balance of background to action in The First Order, and the result is a captivating story of international intrigue, divided loyalty and family betrayal.
Sam Capra thought his brother, Danny, was beheaded by extremists. At least, that's what it looked like on a video released six years previously. But when he learns Danny might be alive, Sam must infiltrate the Russian inner circle to find him. What Sam learns is shocking: Danny is a professional assassin who has been hired to kill the Russian president - and it will happen on American soil.
Sam's life is complicated enough without his brother starting the next world war. He regrets spending so much time away from his young son. His relationship with former operative Mila is tangled. And, he has reached a place where a fresh start sounds good - but he has no idea what that might be. There's really only one thing Sam is sure of: he's going to find Danny and bring him home.
Abbott is the 2016 president of the Mystery Writers of America, replacing outgoing leader Sara Paretsky. He has won, or been nominated for, nearly every major prize in the mystery and thriller genres and these honors are well-deserved. Abbott not only fashions natural, engaging dialogue, he is also a master at crafting contagious plots. When you start The First Order, you'll need to finish it. That is, perhaps, truly the highest honor a writer can achieve.
The First Order is the fifth book in the Sam Capra series, but readers can jump in without fear. It works perfectly as a standalone thriller and its subject matter taps into the current, growing mistrust between the U.S. and Russia.
Prose 'n Cons recommends The First Order to fans of espionage and intrigue novels, as well as those who like thrillers and suspense.