Title: Deception Game
Author: Will Jordan
Publication Date: 23 November 2015
Time is running out for Ryan Drake. As enemies move against him, his world is turned upside down by a personal tragedy that forces him to return to the UK. There he is presented with an unexpected offer – to travel to Libya, where he must kidnap a high-ranking officer in Gaddafi’s much-feared intelligence service. In exchange, Drake will be given everything he needs to destroy the CIA’s corrupt Deputy Director, Marcus Cain.
Drake gathers a small group of trusted allies and embarks on his most difficult and dangerous mission yet. But with the desert heat blazing, and amidst the backdrop of a looming civil war, events soon spiral out of control. To finish the job, and to get the team out alive, Drake must unravel a web of deceptions and betrayals, even dark secrets lurking within his own family, and confront the rise of a shadowy new group that threatens to change everything.
Fast-paced and gripping throughout, Will Jordan’s thrillers are unforgettable journeys into a world of violence, terror and hidden conflict.
I was really excited to read Deception Game, mainly due to the fact that I have never read a Will Jordan book I didn’t like. I was especially interested to see where Jordan took the story after the ending of his previous novel Black List. Having finished the book, all I can say is that I am really pumped to see how the story continues in the next book because Deception Game ends with one hell of a cliff-hanger.
Deception Game is Will Jordan’s fourth novel featuring CIA agent Ryan Drake. When Drake and his team are sent to capture a former Libyan informant who has “gone dark” in Paris, Drake gets a feeling that the situation is not quite right. He finds out that the man he had just captured was innocent and evidence of a deal between the deputy director of the CIA and Gaddafi. Drake and his team then decide to infiltrate Libya and find evidence of the deal and ultimately try to bring down the deputy director, Marcus Cain.
Honestly I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the previous four in the series. Don’t get me wrong it’s a good book, it’s just that I didn’t connect with it the same way I did with the others, which were some of my favourite books ever written. I felt that this book was a bit slower paced than what Jordan usually writes, although it did have several short sharp bursts of crazy action. I also felt that this book didn’t really feel like a full story, but rather it felt like it was just a long lead-in for the next book in the series.
The plot of the book is actually pretty interesting. Drake and his team inadvertently help cover up a secret deal between CIA and Libya by capturing an innocent man and then infiltrate Libya in order to uncover the secret plot. There’s a real big overarching international conspiracy plot that also ties into a smaller more personal plot as Drake is also trying to find out who murdered his mother. While the plot is interesting, I felt it dragged out a bit and that the book could have been a bit shorter. Also, I was a little disappointed that the book didn’t really tie in with the end of Black List, but that’s something to look forward to in the next one.
My favourite part about this book is the characters, and in particular the characters of Drake and Sowan. I really enjoyed the relationship between Drake and Sowan because it is so different to what you usually see in these kinds of books. Spy books are generally pretty black and white, with the good guys fighting the bad guys, but I liked the fact that Jordan presented that maybe there is no black and white. I liked that Jordan introduced the idea that the enemies aren’t necessarily “bad guys”, but rather that they are just people fighting for their own beliefs and interests.
All in all, while Deception Game didn’t engage me the way the rest of Will Jordan’s Ryan Drake series did, that ending certainly did get me super-excited for the next installment. After following the story through five books, I can’t wait to see how, or if, Jordan manages to end this long, overarching battle between Drake, Anya and Cain.
Worth a read? If you are into spy thrillers with big international conspiracies and lots of action, then Deception Game is worth a read. Although I would recommend first reading Will Jordan’s other books because I felt it would have been quite hard to follow without knowing what has already gone on in Ryan Drake’s world.