The Consultant Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I love mysteries and thrillers! Today, I am sharing my review of the political thriller, The Consultant!  Check out my review, learn about the author & enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

Book Title: The Consultant by Tj O'Connor
Category: Adult Fiction; 432 pages
Genre: Thriller & Suspense
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing

About the Book

A rogue CIA consultant goes AWOL from his Middle Eastern post in response to his brother’s plea for help, he arrives just in time to witness his brother’s murder. For years, Jonathan Hunter and his brother Kevin Mallory had not spoken―until Kevin’s final words, “… Khalifah … Not Them … Maya.”

Pursuing his brother’s killer, Hunter stumbles into a nest of horrifying terrorist activity by Middle Eastern refugees, which sparks a backlash across America. In the shadows, Hunter’s mentor, the omnipotent Oscar LaRue, is playing a dangerous game with Russian Intelligence. Neither Hunter nor LaRue realizes that a new threat―the Iranian threat―has entered the game. Stakes rise as two shadowy players are one step ahead of Hunter and LaRue―Khalifah, a terrorist mastermind, and Caine, a nomadic assassin who dances with the highest bidder.

As attacks escalate and the country drifts toward another Middle East conflict, innocent refugees become trapped between the terrorists and the terrorized. Prejudice, hate, and fear vent everywhere. Is this who we’ve become? Before the country explodes, Hunter must find Khalifah, learn the next terror target, and pray he’s in time to stop further annihilation.

My Review

The Consultant combines realism with fast-paced fiction.   I love a thriller that pulls me into a fictional storyline--with just enough realism to keep me engaged and a little disturbed by the possibilities.  The author creates a very detailed, believable plot with twists, turns and suspense in every chapter--but, he does so with a story that could happen in our real world.

O'Connor creates characters readers will want to see again.  Much like the storyline, the characters are believable and somewhat realistic as well.  Our main character isn't the typical, political thriller hero--he is much more human.  He makes mistakes, he shows emotions and becomes a character that readers will want to follow through future books.  While there are many characters in this book, they all play a role in the novel--so readers should plan to keep track of the characters and the interactions as the plot plays out. 

Would I recommend The Consultant by TJ O'Connor?  Sometimes, a political thriller is written in a cumbersome, convoluted manner--with cold, robotic characters.  That is not the case with The Consultant.  I loved O'Connor's writing style.  He kept me guessing, kept me believing and kept me very invested in the characters and the storyline. The plot is not simplistic or lighthearted.  The novel does contain a great deal of darkness and violence--but, is well developed with detailed descriptions, great characters, and suspense.   I enjoyed this novel and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.   

To read more reviews, please visit Tj O'Connor's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author
Tj O’Connor is the author of The Consultant, the first of The Jonathan Hunter Thriller series from Oceanview Publishing, and four paranormal mysteries from Midnight Ink and Black Opal Books.

Tj is an international security consultant specializing in anti-terrorism, investigations, and threat analysis—life experiences that drive his novels. With his former life as a government agent and years as a consultant, he has lived and worked around the world in places like Greece, Turkey, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, and throughout the Americas—among others. He was raised in New York's Hudson Valley and lives with his wife and Labrador companions in Virginia where they raised five children.

Dying to Know, Tj’s first published novel, won the 2015 Gold Medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards (IPPY) for mysteries and was a Finalist for both a 2015 Silver Falchion Award and the 2014 Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Mystery Book of the Year.

Connect with Author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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  1. Thank you so much for featuring The Consultant on your site. Moreover, thank you for this great review! I'm glad you enjoyed it and hope your readers will, too. Oh, and Hunter says he really wrote the story, not me ...



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