3. Inside Traitors, by David J. Allen (2011)
I had this on my phone for a couple of years before I finally read it. Even with books, you certainly get what you pay for. This wasn't my first free book from the Amazon Kindle store, but it certainly takes the prize for worst writing. And yet, I give it two out of five stars.
I wanted some novels about corporate espionage a couple of years ago. I didn't find very many, so I was looking forward to this. But I had a lot of books in line ahead of it. I finally got around to this one last month. Disappointingly, there wasn't a trace of corporate espionage until well into the second half of the book, and even then it was pretty light.
I got a definite feeling that this author hasn't read very many books. He probably watches a lot of movies though, because he had a good idea and implemented it well despite his lack of writing skills. Between all the details about how the main character makes his breakfast and coffee and drives to work is a real gem of a story about the CEO of a software company whose vice presidents turn on him for their own gain, and the girlfriend who...well, I won't spoil it, just in case. But interwoven through this story is a backstory about a boy in need of a family, and another boy in need of a friend, and I'll admit I had tears in my eyes just a few chapters into it.
It's not at all what I was looking for, and you should be prepared for some god-awful unnecessary details, but the story is actually good if you read it fast.
I need some well written action and adventure now, so I'll be digging into a Le Carré next. It's been too long.
"...military glory, that attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood—that serpent's eye that charms to destroy..." --Abraham Lincoln, 1848