Monarch by Michelle Davidson Argyle: A Review

“Nick’s life as a CIA spy should be fulfilling, but it has only given him unhappiness, a wife who committed suicide, and two daughters who resent everything he has become. Now, stuck in the Amazon on the last mission of his career, he must track down Matheus Ferreira, a drug lord and terrorist the United States has tried to bring down for years. If he succeeds, he’ll have the chance to start his life over again. Just when he’s on the brink of catching Ferreira, he’s framed for a murder that turns his world upside down. His only chance of survival lies in West Virginia, where Lilian Love, a woman from his past, owns the secluded Monarch Inn. He’s safe, but not for long.”
-From Goodreads

When I read the synopsis of this novel, I was excited. This sounded like a book one of Robert Ludlum’s earlier novels. The book opens up with an exciting chapter with Nick killing someone who has been sent to kill him. After that, though, it turns into a family drama more along the lines of White Oleander. Even when Espionage is involved, Nick Avery seems almost unwilling to do what is necessary to save his life, even when it comes to taken another’s.

There are twists and turns that are supposed to be surprises that, unfortunately, come off the page as either clichéd or something that can be foreseen several chapters in advance. The pacing is slow, and it was too easy to put down. This is not something a reader expects from a thriller. Sadly, I found myself more interested in the family drama than in the actual espionage.

This book took too long to get to the point, and was by the time it ends, it’s more of a blasé feeling than anything else.


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About MacJew

I am Husband to a beautiful woman, Father to two dogs and two cats. I am dovoutly Jewish. I love to read and write. I am trying to expand my horizons on film beyond the typical Hollywood garbage, so I have been watching foreign films lately. My plans for this blog are to talk about various things that are of interest to me, including Judaism, history, movies, books, et cetera. Anything that comes to mind, really.
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