Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Walker Conspiracy

It was supposed to be a dream family vacation, but when Kevin Walker is violently kidnapped in front of his family in the south of France, the trip turns into an unimaginable nightmare. Enter Damon Forewell, Chief of Security at the powerful American bank for which Walker, the head of Information Technology, is employed. Forewell, a distinguished ex-CIA operative who had his celebrated intelligence career cut short by a serious injury in the line of duty, is suddenly thrust into the spotlight. Working alongside the investigators and a talented Interpol agent named Gisele Lamarche, Forewell helps to uncover a potential cyber-plot that threatens the bank’s financial stability. But is everything really as it seems? In their desperate quest to return Walker to his family and expose the shadowy organization that took him, the truth behind the kidnapping proves elusive. And is Forewell up to the task? Battling his own confidence issues from so many years out of the field, he and Lamarche follow a trail that takes them from Europe to the Caribbean and back again. As the pressure mounts and the end game nears, they find themselves embroiled in a conspiracy so heinous that their own lives are imperiled even as they work frantically to save Kevin Walker from his ruthless abductors.

Matt Finden was raised and educated in Halifax, Canada. An economics and business graduate, he also played on the basketball team at Dalhousie University during his years there. Finden now resides in North Vancouver with his wife and two children. A love for family and adventure provided the impetus for writing several travel articles, all of which were published in major newspapers. The Walker Conspiracy is Finden’s debut novel.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
5A quick pace finishes at a surprise ending
By CapRiskMan
A timely and fast paced thriller at the intersection of banking and technology that highlights how nefarious actors might hold our financial institutions hostage. As the story move swiftly around the world, the reader is left with bated breath for the next plot twist that concludes with a unexpected ending.

The main story line is driven by characters to which the reader can easily relate, particularly those that have worked for large corporations. At moments in the story the familiar reader can sympathies with the characters as the deal with not only with police bureaucracy, but corporate bureaucracy. While some of the corporate interactions are more stereotypes than typical, they serve the purpose of moving the story along. The quick pace of the narrative is sometimes sacrifices character development, but not to the point of limiting the appeal.

This debut novel serves the genre well and combines the pace and technical detail of Tom Clancy with the familiar character types of Clive Cussler. A solid entry into the adventure thriller genre with compelling protagonists.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5This book was a thrilling adventure!
By Margaret Philip
This book was suggested to me by a friend, and as an avid reader I'm pretty picky about my reading selections. I must admit that I was highly impressed with Finden's work, especially for a first time author. There were numerous unexpected plot twists, marvelously in-depth character descriptions, and most impressively, thoroughly detailed descriptions of the many international locales that the story meandered through such as Havana, Antibes, Siena and felt like Finden was a long time resident of each city, sitting in person describing the mood, scenery and action while it was all happening right then and there.
I gave the book to my husband Andrew when we went to the cottage, and he had a tough time putting the book away, finishing the last page on the top deck of the BC Ferry on the way home after our 4 day trip as the sun was setting over the mountains....he loved it!
Congratulations to the author for a great first novel, and we'll be sure to buy his next book when it's published.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4The ending was a surprise
Although outside of my usual genre, I really enjoyed this book. I liked the way the story line pulled me along. The way the author switched between characters kept the story very interesting. I loved the surprise ending.

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