Fiction - Adventure
293 Pages
Reviewed on 06/03/2019
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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

Agenda by Ron Sherkin is a mesmerizing thriller with elaborately developed characters and a plot with surprising twists. When Jericho Asher left his work as a spy after the death of one of his colleagues, it was a no-turning-back decision. But then the Agency comes looking for him again with a new and delicate mission. Asher and his friend, Haymishe Elfman, are the only ones the Agency can trust, especially now that there is a mole. But things get complicated when the pair is introduced a Chinese MSS agent, Natasha Lee, someone Asher is meeting for the first time. Tasha has her own agenda, and she spells trouble. The conflict escalates with a betrayal that comes from a least expected quarter. Can they make it out unscathed?

Ron Sherkin creates a narrative with an international setting that takes readers through different countries, but it is the way the twists are introduced that readers will enjoy. In the first place, Asher is sought out from his hiding place in Thailand because there is a mole in the Agency, but one of the most trusted persons in the Team will stab them in the back. The idea of the traitor being someone the protagonist completely relies on is beautifully and ingeniously developed and the reader is keen to follow the naïve thought process of the protagonist. Agenda is ingeniously plotted, featuring very compelling characters and pulsating action. The writing is atmospheric, and the entire narrative is cinematic. This is one of those books I have read and felt as though I’d just watched a movie.

Trudi LoPreto

Agenda is a spy thriller with an assortment of good and bad characters; sometimes it was hard to tell the difference. Jericho Asher is the head man of the team and always watching his back is his partner, Haymishe Elfman. Asher had walked away from the Agency, but is called back for a very special assignment. His new mission is to deliver Ambros Kosar back to the Ukraine, his homeland. Asher is also assigned a beautiful young woman named Natasha Lee (Tasha) to assist him. Along the way, he gathers a misfit group and the team now must deal with Kosar, who has betrayed those trying to help him, and instead is following his own agenda to be the new President of his country. There are so many twists and turns it is sometimes hard to keep up, but the adventure never ends and the excitement is always present. Agenda must be read without me giving away too many of the details because it would spoil the plot and the conclusion.

Agenda is exactly what it claims to be - an adventure, a spy thriller and a good book. Asher quickly became a hero in my mind and was impossible not to root for him. I could not decide whether I really liked or trusted Tasha; she was beautiful, smart and obviously had her own plans separate from the team. The other team members were all spies working together, but not necessarily with the same goal in mind. It took great concentration and attention to detail to really appreciate Agenda, but it is well worth it. Author Ron Sherkin certainly understands what a good spy story should be and has given us that in Agenda.