Publication Date: February 28, 2013
In the wake of the April Fool’s War of 2090, a war caused by the accidental launch of a nuclear weapon, much of the world is in ruins. Lt. Kevin Anderson and his team are dispatched to the Islamic Republic of France to find their stores of nuclear weapons. As things will, the mission goes off the rails and Kevin is forced to improvise to stay alive.
One of the authors, Declan Finn, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.
Lt. Kevin Anderson likes to kill people. Kevin is a psychopath and if you were to say to Kevin, “Kevin, you’re a psychopath”, he’s respond, “Well, duh”. You never want to give a psychopath cause to come after you and you ESPECIALLY you don’t to make that revenge personal. Kevin’s tendency toward violence and his no-nonsense approach to doing what needs to be done make him a very interesting character to read. That his whole team, including the woman he loved, was killed, gives him the anger and impetus to strike out. He’s brutal and he does what he has to do to stay alive and to avenge his team—and also because he enjoys it. There is a dark sense of humor in the narrative that enhances this character so that he is one you want to read and read again. He is a nut job and you will love him.
The futuristic setting created by Finn and Yoskowitz is deeply complex. There is a back story which the authors wisely convey in the story’s narrative. Birth rates in Muslim homes in France were such that by the mid-twenty-first century, France was under Sharia law and constantly threatening the United States with their nuclear power.
To say that Codename: Winterborn was a good read would be understating. It was a phenomenal read. This is a military/political thriller set in the future, in a world somewhat the same but very different. The authors take the reader on a high-flying action ride that is always moving forward. Expertly edited and without any of annoying fillers or fat to spare, we’re with Kevin as he suffers a huge loss and decides to take revenge. This is the classic western tale set in the near future and starring a former Navy Seal. The plot twists and turns were creative and unique and the characters met along the way a true testament of the skill and talent of Finn and Yoskowitz.
Normally, when I see that a novel has only five-star reviews, I get suspicious. Can a book really be that good? Did a few of these reviewers give birth to the authors? Did they have to live with them once the review was written? In this case, the five stars are richly deserved. Codename: Winterborn is a novel not to be missed. If you like thrillers and really good anti-heroes pick this one up today!
The author, Declan Finn, sent me a second novel to review titled A Pius Man: A Holy Thriller (The Pius Trilogy) (Volume 1). You can read the review here.
If this sounds like a book for you, read an excerpt and buy Codename: Winterborn (The Last Survivors Book 1) by Allan Yoskowitz and Declan Finn on