The Thorium Stratagem
Paperback: 386 pages
Publisher: Penset Press (2016)
A first here at RetirementSavvy, a novel review. In Author Kent Hinckley’s new book, a shy financial analyst from New York, Wyatt Paxton, visits an old schoolmate in Moscow who works for the FSB, formerly known as the KGB, the infamous security, intelligence, and police agency of the Soviet Union before its dissolution in 1991.
Discovering that corrupt US cabinet officials and a Russian billionaire plan to steal the technology from Russian scientists about a green energy source, the FSB Agent asks his American friend for help, hoping that together they can prevent the theft and avoid the conflict which would ensue.
Mystery and Intrigue
Right off the bat Hinckley takes the reader on a ride full of twists and turns as Paxton is propelled into the dangerous world of financial and political intrigue. The ride is made easier as Hinckley introduces the reader to the American and Russian cast of The Thorium Stratagem – and each member’s role is spelled out – prior to chapter one.
Not sure how he will navigate the labyrinth of lies and double crosses, Paxton must overcome his timid nature and find the courage to prevent a heist and the killing of the Russian president.
Hinckley tells the story of how an everyday person can rise to the challenge of being suddenly pulled into a situation not of their own making and one they cannot control … at least initially. As I read the book, elements of Hitchcock’s (my favorite director) North by Northwest and Marathon Man came to mind. If you’re in the mood for a thriller, give this one a look.
The Thorium Stratagem is available in paperback at Amazon.