Review: Traitor: A Thriller

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Title: Traitor: A Thriller
Author: Jonathan de Shalit
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Canada
Source: Publisher
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Rating: ★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

In the exhilarating tradition of I Am Pilgrim comes a sprawling, international high-stakes thriller that pits the intelligence of one man against one of the most successful spies ever to operate against American interests.

When a young Israeli walks into an American embassy and offers to betray his country for money and power, he has no idea that the CIA agent interviewing him is a Russian mole. Years later, that young man has risen in the ranks to become a trusted advisor to Israel’s Prime Minister and throughout his career, he’s been sharing everything he knows with the Kremlin. Now, however, a hint that there may be a traitor in the highest realms of power has slipped out and a top-secret team is put together to hunt for him. The chase leads the team from the streets of Tel Aviv to deep inside the Russian zone and, finally, to the United States, where a most unique spymaster is revealed. The final showdown—between the traitor and the betrayed—can only be resolved by an act of utter treachery that could have far-reaching and devastating consequences.

Review:

The plot of this story was great, but it wasn’t executed very well.

The storyline was very interesting. I’m not familiar with all of these organizations and governments so it was something new to me. There was a lot of tension when the spies were threatened to be revealed.

The writing became better as the story progressed. At the beginning, there was minimal description. The characters would give long speeches about things that had happened, which are not natural in a novel. It could have been improved if those scenes were told in the narrative, rather than spoken by a character. There was a lot of telling, rather than showing.

This story was good, but the writing could be improved.

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