The Company Files: The Good Man Book Review & Giveaway

This morning, I am pleased to share my review of The Good Man by Gabriel Valjan.  This novel begins The Company Files espionage, thriller series--and I looked forward to reaching it on my reading list as I enjoyed the books of  Valjan's Roma Series.  What did I think of The Good Man by Gabriel Valjan?  Be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title: The Company Files: 1. The Good Man by Gabriel Valjan
Category: Adult Fiction, 251 pages
Genre: Thriller, Historical Fiction, Crime Fiction, Espionage
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author or publisher for use in this review.  All opinions are my own.

About the Book

In 1948, Vienna was divided among four powers: France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Jack Marshall had served with Walker during the war, and now, working together for The Company, they are tasked to do the inconceivable. Could former Nazis really be recruited to assist the U.S. in the atomic race? As their team moves forward, they quickly discover they are not the only ones looking for these men. And the others in the search may just have the objective of murder.

In this tale of historical noir, of corruption and deceit, no one is who they say they are. Who is The Good Man in a world where an enemy may be a friend, an ally may be the enemy, and governments deny everything?

My Review
Valjan orchestrates a complex, satisfying plot in The Good Man.  I love Gabriel Valjan's writing style.  His novels, including The Good Man, are not "light reading"--they are complicated with intricate plots, detailed settings, complex characters and enough twists keep the reader engaged to the end and ready to read the next book in the series.  The Good Man is not loaded with action-packed scenes or pages of dialogue.  Readers will find a slower plot--but, one filled with such attention to detail--that the novel becomes a page-turner nonetheless.  While the book isn't a light read and readers will require some focus at times; fans of post-war German history and world espionage or political thrillers will be intrigued by the storyline.

The Good Man characters maintain a bit of mystery.   When I read the Roma series, I wondered if had "missed" details about the characters and their backstories since I did not read the series in order.  Now that I have read the first book in this new series; I think Valjan writes with an air of mystery around his characters to keep them in character.  Readers know "what they need to know" for the book's storyline--but, also know that there are deeper, untold stories building these characters.   These more "shadowy" characters help keep readers guessing a bit about trust and motives and alliances. 

Would I recommend The Good Man by Gabriel Valjan?  If you enjoy spy/espionage/international thrillers with a slower pace--then I cannot recommend this book enough.  The Good Man requires a bit of focus and an interest in historical fiction and political thrillers.  Readers will not find heart-racing action on the pages--but, will find a very steadily moving novel with exceptionally well written and carefully developed plots, settings and characters.  The Company Files is another series that I will look forward to adding to my reading list as new novels are released. 

To read other reviews, please visit Gabriel Valjan's Page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author

Gabriel Valjan is the author of The Roma Series from Winter Goose Publishing. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts, where he enjoys the local restaurants, and his two cats, Squeak and Squawk, keep him honest to the story on the screen.

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  1. I enjoyed getting to know your book; congrats on the tour and I hope it is a fun one for you :)

  2. I would love to read this!! Sounds really interesting!

  3. Thanks so much for the book description, your review and the great giveaway also.

  4. The expert makes me drool to read the rest! So adventurous.

  5. Thank you for the kind words in your review.



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