Red Stick Two

Fiction - Thriller - General
309 Pages
Reviewed on 12/07/2017
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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite

A story that starts with a cat, and in a narrative that is laced with symbolism, Red Stick Two: A Novel by Kenneth Kirkeby is a thriller that will, undoubtedly, keep readers on the edge of their seats, the second book in a series that follows the life of a compelling character and his work. Virgil Cleary and Michelle are now married and settling down on a ranch in Wyoming, a life that should have been idyllic, except for the financial side of it, which is why Virgil quickly accepts a new assignment from his former intelligence chief. Sent to South America, he will join agent Richard Creole to try to solve an abduction orchestrated by members of a growing Maoist movement. But do these agents have what it takes to beat such a powerful enemy?

There are many things that make this story a really compelling read. First off, the reader is drawn in by the great prose and the author’s storytelling skills that use humor and suspense to make the read an enjoyable one. The plot is well-imagined and every chapter is crafted with something to excite the reader’s mind. It is interesting to notice the great character development. I loved following Kenneth Kirkeby’s characters as they navigate dangerous places. The characters are real and their humanity comes out clearly. Kirkeby knows how to get readers to connect with his characters; he makes them real and memorable. Red Stick Two: A Novel grabs your attention from the first page and keeps it till the last page.