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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
If you are a fan of James Bond movies and love reading spy novels, Curve of the Dragon: Episode 1 - Chasing Shadows is a must-read for you. Author Matt Stokes's brilliant debut novel follows a talented young man named Will Taylor in search of his missing sister who went MIA in Afganistan. Will's mission brings him in the path of former CIA operative Carter. Carter quickly takes Will under his wing as he has been tracking Laura Taylor himself and has successfully infiltrated the mysterious organization called Fractal. Meanwhile, an attack on the British Embassy in Washington by Fractal agents has led to a joint investigation by the CIA and MI6 through Maia Calderon and Sebastian George, respectively. Can Will, Carter, and Maia figure out Fractal's endgame?
Curve of the Dragon: Episode 1 - Chasing Shadows is the first installment of what seems to be an action-oriented thriller series that is guaranteed to entertain fans of the genre. Matt Stokes's novel hooks you in with intricate plotting, vivid action sequences, and a cinematic narrative that refuses to slow down and, at times, freezes your breath. I loved the dynamic between Carter and Will and couldn't get enough of them. The dialogue is crisp and concise, and I found the plotting to be immaculate. Due to the episodic nature of the narrative, the book ends with a cliffhanger. But that has only made me more eager for the sequel. Curve of the Dragon: Episode 1: Chasing Shadows is the best spy novel I've read this year yet, and I would highly recommend it.