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The most sought after commodity in the world is power, and when money is no object, power is up for grabs. Desiring autonomy, one small nation develops an unlikely plan to procure a nuclear-powered submarine. If all goes as intended, the Middle East will destabilize and the OPEC Alliance will crumble. Yet as money might buy power, there’s no guarantee that it buys loyalty. The most sought after commodity in the world is power, and when money is no object, power is up for grabs. Desiring autonomy, one small nation develops an unlikely plan to procure a nuclear-powered submarine. If all goes as intended, the Middle East will destabilize and the OPEC Alliance will crumble. Yet as money might buy power, there’s no guarantee that it buys loyalty. So when the submarine breaks the ocean surface it doesn't travel to the Middle East, it sails for Russia, in an attempt to return the nation to its Soviet roots. Alerted to the possibility of the theft of a Russian sub, the CIA must foil the plan for acquisition without alarming the rest of the world. A step behind and suffering from department infighting, the CIA watches in disbelief as the single most powerful weapon in the world rises from the ocean floor. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that the commander of the vessel has no intention of honoring his contract. Scrambling to prevent a world-wide disaster, CIA operatives in coordination with the US Navy launch a daring and risky plan to quietly thwart a rogue submarine captain before he can obliterate Moscow and take control of the country. Those who volunteer for this mission risk their lives. Those who don’t risk the safety of the entire world.


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The most sought after commodity in the world is power, and when money is no object, power is up for grabs. Desiring autonomy, one small nation develops an unlikely plan to procure a nuclear-powered submarine. If all goes as intended, the Middle East will destabilize and the OPEC Alliance will crumble. Yet as money might buy power, there’s no guarantee that it buys loyalty. The most sought after commodity in the world is power, and when money is no object, power is up for grabs. Desiring autonomy, one small nation develops an unlikely plan to procure a nuclear-powered submarine. If all goes as intended, the Middle East will destabilize and the OPEC Alliance will crumble. Yet as money might buy power, there’s no guarantee that it buys loyalty. So when the submarine breaks the ocean surface it doesn't travel to the Middle East, it sails for Russia, in an attempt to return the nation to its Soviet roots. Alerted to the possibility of the theft of a Russian sub, the CIA must foil the plan for acquisition without alarming the rest of the world. A step behind and suffering from department infighting, the CIA watches in disbelief as the single most powerful weapon in the world rises from the ocean floor. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that the commander of the vessel has no intention of honoring his contract. Scrambling to prevent a world-wide disaster, CIA operatives in coordination with the US Navy launch a daring and risky plan to quietly thwart a rogue submarine captain before he can obliterate Moscow and take control of the country. Those who volunteer for this mission risk their lives. Those who don’t risk the safety of the entire world.

29 review for Red Agenda

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Chinnici

    Red Agenda is a political/spy thriller set in present day that has old school Tom Clancy vibes. In particular, with a focus on the United States versus Russia and a submarine chase, this reminded me strongly of The Hunt for Red October. I really enjoyed the overall story told here. The plotting was strong, with plenty of intrigue and weaving several characters’ storylines together extremely well to come together for a satisfying story. The cast of characters was fairly large and some were more th Red Agenda is a political/spy thriller set in present day that has old school Tom Clancy vibes. In particular, with a focus on the United States versus Russia and a submarine chase, this reminded me strongly of The Hunt for Red October. I really enjoyed the overall story told here. The plotting was strong, with plenty of intrigue and weaving several characters’ storylines together extremely well to come together for a satisfying story. The cast of characters was fairly large and some were more thought out than others. Due to all the set up required for all of the perspectives, this took a bit to get into, but once they were established the story really got going and kept a steady pace straight to the end. Poe didn’t leave any plot lines hanging, bringing the reader a fulfilling sense of closure upon completion. In the end, though, the writing style of this book was simply not to my taste. Several sections had a lot of explanation where I would have preferred to see action. Descriptions of nudity and sex had me cringing with their awkwardness. And I found the treatment of the few female characters to be severely lacking. That all being said, I think there is an audience for Red Agenda. If you’re a fan of political thrillers or spy novels and prefer your stories stronger on plot, this might be right up your alley. *Many thanks to Smith Publicity for providing an advance copy of this edition in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinions, and all of the words below are my own.  Three and a half (3.5) Stars What does the CIA, a former Soviet Union member, and a group of money hungry Russians all have in common? They all want power, and they are all on a submarine barreling towards World War Three. As more and more people are dragged into this dangerous plot, all sides are on edge trying to figure out the submarines next move. One person on This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinions, and all of the words below are my own.  Three and a half (3.5) Stars What does the CIA, a former Soviet Union member, and a group of money hungry Russians all have in common? They all want power, and they are all on a submarine barreling towards World War Three. As more and more people are dragged into this dangerous plot, all sides are on edge trying to figure out the submarines next move. One person on that sub has a plan of bringing Russia back to it's former "glory", while America struggles to understand how he plans to do it in order to stop him. Another knows only planes, and yet is being trusted with a huge underwater job, and a third is there to carry on her father's legacy.  Red Agenda is not what I was expecting it to be. It certainly was not awful, but not wowing either. The overall concept is quite neat, and I can tell there was research put into the past of the different places necessary to the plot. There are tons of characters, enough for just about everyone to find a favourite, and a great field of ancestry is brought down to small details to support them all. My issue on this part is more of a personal preference than anything else. I much prefer character fueled books over plot fueled, and while there were lots of characters whose ties to their past was provided, they did not really developed as characters themselves. They were introduced very rapidly, and some background was provided but it was more general than anything that actually showed you who each characters was and what differentiated them from one another. Off the top of my head I can name 14 characters in the book that played a role, and yet I would say less than 5 were detailed characters, the rest blended together or did the same thing throughout the entire book. If fewer characters had been involved, or if they were developed more, rather than adding in fats that are interesting, but not all that necessary I can see where things would have flowed together much better. With that said, if you are more concerned about plot, or are better at not mixing up charters, it likely would not be an issue for you! I only had one other big issue, and that was that the book seems like it needed more editing.  The very first edition of this book was published about 6 months ago, and the paperback this month, so I assume it is done all of it's planned editing stages, and that concerns me a bit. It sort of just seems like the author might have edited it himself, which is perfectly fine, but if you write you know that you often become blind to some of your own mistakes. A handful of places were missing spaces, or had grammatical errors, but the biggest thing was phrasing. Different characters, and real people phrase things differently so the dialogue was not an issue, but some of the actual narrative had serious issues. There was quite a bit of really awkward wording. Maybe I am more picky about it than others, but some things could have had minor changes and then they would not be an issue for anyone.  Writing style, and errors aside, I found the pacing of the book great. It didn't dawdle very long, it jumped right into the action and helped you follow what was happening from multiple perspectives. You get to see how each piece of the different plans is supposed to play out, as well as how it actually plays out. Knowing about the antagonists point of view in relation to the protagonist really helped the story along! The story was also largely pushed by facts. I know little about submarines, the US Navy, or the Soviet Union, however, I can tell that the story was following a legitimate timeline that provided realistic responses should any similar situation occur.  Overall, not really my writing style, but definitely still a good book that I know other people are going to love. 

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chitra Iyer

    Red Agenda by Cameron Poe is a political thriller with loads of spying action. I received a copy of the book from Smith Publicity for review purposes. As you can see, the cover indicates a Soviet Union submarine, so needless to say, I was really interested to see where the book takes me. A CIA operative arrives in Kuwait for an undercover operation regarding a stolen Russian submarine. The CIA must ensure to thwart the crazy plan for power domination, but ever so discreetly. Little do they know t Red Agenda by Cameron Poe is a political thriller with loads of spying action. I received a copy of the book from Smith Publicity for review purposes. As you can see, the cover indicates a Soviet Union submarine, so needless to say, I was really interested to see where the book takes me. A CIA operative arrives in Kuwait for an undercover operation regarding a stolen Russian submarine. The CIA must ensure to thwart the crazy plan for power domination, but ever so discreetly. Little do they know that their opposition is one who is blithely unconcerned and the CIA finds itself shockingly unprepared to stop a world disaster. Okay, to begin with, the book was gripping right from the start. It had a no-nonsense introduction and the story ran smoothly. A good political thriller with evident research gone behind the CIA operations and the Russian government know how. Absolutely impressive! The book read like a movie script in the beginning but somewhere down the line, I began to lose interest. Whether it was the vast array of characters that kept joining in or the lack of substance, I cannot say. Nevertheless, it has a good story line. Overall, I would say that Red Agenda is a good thriller with movie like action scenes that include Russian submarines and CIA under cover operations. *** This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. ***

  4. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    I was gifted a copy of this novel by Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts/words are my own. The book gets off to a well-paced start, thrusting readers right into the action of Red Agenda as Poe ups the ante on drama with the turn of each page. Sure, the work focuses on a wealth of political problems; but it also hosts a number of familial and relationship dramas from start to finish. Ultimately, I was intrigued by the plot, and that interest kept me going through some ot I was gifted a copy of this novel by Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts/words are my own. The book gets off to a well-paced start, thrusting readers right into the action of Red Agenda as Poe ups the ante on drama with the turn of each page. Sure, the work focuses on a wealth of political problems; but it also hosts a number of familial and relationship dramas from start to finish. Ultimately, I was intrigued by the plot, and that interest kept me going through some other less-than-desirable features of the novel. Full review --> littlereaderontheprairie.wordpress.co...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Grady

    ‘Either restore the Soviet government and communist society, or face total annihilation’ Las Vegas author Cameron Poe s a student of classic literature. He earned his undergraduate degree from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and his MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He is an observer of politics and the interplay between nation states. He has a keen interest in structural and mechanical engineering. He manages real estate portfolio financing. Introducing a h ‘Either restore the Soviet government and communist society, or face total annihilation’ Las Vegas author Cameron Poe s a student of classic literature. He earned his undergraduate degree from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and his MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He is an observer of politics and the interplay between nation states. He has a keen interest in structural and mechanical engineering. He manages real estate portfolio financing. Introducing a hard as nails espionage novel with a moment of back history of the main characters for many authors is an unwanted distraction. How Cameron Poe is able to ignite this explosive novel with a human touch of ancestry is only one of the reasons this author is destined to become a major force in the genre of spy novels. To wit, Cameron introduces CIA operative George in Kuwait as he longs for his return to the US: ‘George’s parents had immigrated to America from Iran in 1960. His father, discouraged by his country’s poor standard of living, had rejected his Islamic faith in favor of the better life in the United States. He flew into New York with his wife and never looked back. The two expatriates scraped together enough money to open a dry-cleaning shop and made it a resounding success. To celebrate his good fortune, his father christened his first son “George” in honor of the first president of his newly adopted homeland. The name rolled off the tongue in a peculiar declaration, but it seemed to stick well enough: George Mohammed Akbar. Dinner was where George’s father would wax poetic about the American dream. “Hard work and a little sweat,” he would say. “In America, you can go anywhere, accomplish anything. You just have to be driven and educated.” His father loved being an American and did as much as he could to embrace his new life and forget his old. He immersed George in American culture, which included football in the winter and baseball in the summer, so George would achieve a deep sense of loyalty and patriotism. Politics in his home were conservative. His father’s views on the developing Middle East were more of a blanket statement. “They are all thieves,” George’s father would remark. “The tribesmen, the governors, the government, and the kings. Thieves, nothing more. May they perish by their corruption.” This is such a complex, superbly integrated tale that it is best to summarize the plot form the author’s synopsis – ‘The most sought after commodity in the world is power, and when money is no object, power is up for grabs. Desiring autonomy, one small nation (Kuwait) develops an unlikely plan to procure a nuclear-powered submarine. If all goes as intended, the Middle East will destabilize and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Alliance will crumble. Yet as money might buy power, there’s no guarantee that it buys loyalty. So when the submarine breaks the ocean surface it doesn't travel to the Middle East, it sails for Russia, in an attempt to return the nation to its Soviet roots. Alerted to the possibility of the theft of a Russian sub, the CIA must foil the plan for acquisition without alarming the rest of the world. A step behind and suffering from department infighting, the CIA watches in disbelief as the single most powerful weapon in the world rises from the ocean floor. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that the commander of the vessel has no intention of honoring his contract. Scrambling to prevent a worldwide disaster, CIA operatives in coordination with the US Navy launch a daring and risky plan to quietly thwart a rogue submarine captain before he can obliterate Moscow and take control of the country. Those who volunteer for this mission risk their lives. Those who don’t risk the safety of the entire world.’ Realistically terrifying yet so credible in the manner this plot is written that it begs to become a screenplay. Welcome Cameron Poe to the world of big time adventure novelists. Highly Recommended.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Raquel

    I JUST finished Red Agenda by Cameron Poe! I generously received Red Agenda from Smith Publicity in return for an honest review. * I started this not long after reading Red Sparrow, a different spy novel that I wasn’t particularly keen on so when I first started reading this it took some getting into. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for it I’m not sure but I set it down multiple times because I couldn’t get into it. Firstly, you’re introduced to a lot of different characters and for the life of me I JUST finished Red Agenda by Cameron Poe! I generously received Red Agenda from Smith Publicity in return for an honest review. * I started this not long after reading Red Sparrow, a different spy novel that I wasn’t particularly keen on so when I first started reading this it took some getting into. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for it I’m not sure but I set it down multiple times because I couldn’t get into it. Firstly, you’re introduced to a lot of different characters and for the life of me I cannot remember a description of what anyone looks like so every time I came back to read it I was always lost on who was who. Secondly, I know the first part of the story was the setup towards the bigger plot points but I was honestly just kind of bored and it didn’t keep my attention. It seemed I was always lost on who was doing what and what their motivation was. However, that was just my first impression because the second half of the book got a whole lot more interesting. * I for one am a huge fan of multiple view points. I like reading different angles of the story and who’s involved. And while I said I couldn’t remember the characters physical descriptions (which I eventually just made up in my mind anyways) I still found myself latching onto a few various story lines. While the first part of the book is the characters interacting with one another and getting setup for the major plot I was way more invested in what happened to them in the second part of the book. The chapters are long with various changes of viewpoint. Some people may get confused by this but I didn’t mind it. Top 4 characters I was invested in: Dan Archer ~ Fighting to be head of the CIA. Sharon Dailey ~ Dan’s secretary but has many secrets of her own. Nicholas Shaw ~ US Navy and engineer and sub driver. Marina Romanov ~ Russian spy. * I don’t mind political stories if they are something I’m interested in. The synopsis was something that drew me to this story. This is set in modern times. The issues presented in this story are also something that could potentially happen anytime, I suppose. I don’t keep up with Russian political news all that much but I think the possibility could be there, correct me if I’m wrong. Basically it’s a political drama between the U.S. and Russia with someone fighting for old beliefs. Might not be far off. * There is a lot of conversations going on throughout the book. Wait for the action in the last 200 pages of the story where it all comes together. The story deals with some drama ~ in-house fighting within the CIA as well as some relationship issues. I liked that those kind of things were added to the story to create some other development and tense relationships between characters. I also think that if the last 200 pages weren’t written the way that they were, it might not have held my attention. So, I was satisfied with how it all went down. * f you like spy novels, this is good. If you like modern political dramas, this is for you. If you like romance, this probably isn’t for you. I would recommend to those that like an edgy, sarcastic, dramatic kind of spy novel. I would rate it 18A just as there are a few scenes that are quite sexually suggestive but I don’t believe there is any torture or gruesome scenes involved. A few colorful words thrown in as well but not heavily. Red Agenda is out now so if you’re interested please check it out! * Check out my other reviews @ http://www.paperdreamsblog.com/

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    *I received a free copy of this book from Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review* Uhm..so I didn't like this book? I had high hopes going in but it severely let me down. I ended up DNF-ing it at 120 pages in (for background information: every book I read, I give until at least the 80-page mark before considering DNF-ing it). It just wasn't holding my attention like it should have and the problems I had with this book far outweighed any enjoyment I got from reading it. Maybe my reading ex *I received a free copy of this book from Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review* Uhm..so I didn't like this book? I had high hopes going in but it severely let me down. I ended up DNF-ing it at 120 pages in (for background information: every book I read, I give until at least the 80-page mark before considering DNF-ing it). It just wasn't holding my attention like it should have and the problems I had with this book far outweighed any enjoyment I got from reading it. Maybe my reading experience was altered from others because I've spent so many hours in writing classes and analyzing different books in my courses as well as my 3+ years of experience as a blogger. These experiences have taught me to be extremely critical in the books I read, and this one did not measure up. I pretty much had a problem with every part of this book except for the actual idea of the story (which I thought could have been fascinating if it had been executed better). I had problems with connections to characters, info dumps, weird pacing, not enough description on important aspects, and so much more. My main problem is with the poor female representation in this novel (as in, the lack of more female characters but also how these characters were treated). Overall, I had a lot of problems with this book. Going into it, I was actually really excited to read it and branch beyond my general reading tastes. However, it sorely disappointed. To me, this book felt like a first draft that needed massive polishing and beta readers galore. The idea itself was interesting, but it was not well executed. For me, it could just be because it is so out of the genres of what I usually read that I was "genre-shocked," so to speak. Still, a lot of my problems had to deal with the actual execution of the book and not the plot, which was interesting and could have been amazing had it been written better. I highly doubt that I will return to this book again and I can only hope that other readers enjoy it more than I did. I go further into depth about each thing that disappointed me in my complete review on my blog. My full review can be found on my blog here --> http://laurensboookshelf.blogspot.com/2018/07/lets-talk-red-agenda-by-cameron-poe.html

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this book courtesy of the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 3/5 Genre: Political Spy Thriller Recommended Age: 16+ (mature content, sex, mature events, violence) Pages: 478 Author Website Amazon Link Synopsis: The most sought after commodity in the world is power, and when money is no object, power is up for grabs. Desiring autonomy, one small nation develops an unlikely plan to procure a nuclear-powered submarine. If all goes as intended, the Middle East will dest Disclaimer: I received this book courtesy of the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Rating: 3/5 Genre: Political Spy Thriller Recommended Age: 16+ (mature content, sex, mature events, violence) Pages: 478 Author Website Amazon Link Synopsis: The most sought after commodity in the world is power, and when money is no object, power is up for grabs. Desiring autonomy, one small nation develops an unlikely plan to procure a nuclear-powered submarine. If all goes as intended, the Middle East will destabilize and the OPEC Alliance will crumble. Yet as money might buy power, there’s no guarantee that it buys loyalty. So when the submarine breaks the ocean surface it doesn't travel to the Middle East, it sails for Russia, in an attempt to return the nation to its Soviet roots. Alerted to the possibility of the theft of a Russian sub, the CIA must foil the plan for acquisition without alarming the rest of the world. A step behind and suffering from department infighting, the CIA watches in disbelief as the single most powerful weapon in the world rises from the ocean floor. It doesn’t take long for them to realize that the commander of the vessel has no intention of honoring his contract. Scrambling to prevent a world-wide disaster, CIA operatives in coordination with the US Navy launch a daring and risky plan to quietly thwart a rogue submarine captain before he can obliterate Moscow and take control of the country. Those who volunteer for this mission risk their lives. Those who don’t risk the safety of the entire world. This is generally out of my usual genre, but it was a nice break from the norm of YA. Overall the story was really well done. The characters were really well developed and the pacing was spot on. The writing was also really good. But, the writing also irritated me. I just felt that there was too much description and too much talking when there should have been action. I felt that the book plot was a bit discombobulated and a little wonky in parts. I also feel that the female characters in this book were not strong characters and they were a bit mistreated in this book. Verdict: This book is full of twists and turns and is a decent standalone. If you’re into political thrillers like this then this would be the book for you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    4/5 Stars. First I want to thank the author and smith publicity for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. My first political thriller! I don't usually pick up these kinds of books but I'm really glad I read this one! With that in mind I am going to do my best to give my honest opinion. This book is written really well and I read through it ridiculously fast so it was definitely entertaining. That prologue had me hooked right from the start and I immediately became so interested in Geor 4/5 Stars. First I want to thank the author and smith publicity for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. My first political thriller! I don't usually pick up these kinds of books but I'm really glad I read this one! With that in mind I am going to do my best to give my honest opinion. This book is written really well and I read through it ridiculously fast so it was definitely entertaining. That prologue had me hooked right from the start and I immediately became so interested in George's life! Which is definitely something I look for in a book, if you don't catch my interest in the beginning it takes me so much longer to become interested in the book. I also love that there was so much detail and research that went into this book. I feel like these kinds of books you really have to take the time and make sure the information is accurate and I could tell from the beginning that the author had done that. And the writing! It so clear and made me want to read more from this author! So I gave it four stars because I had a few issues with it. So this can both be a good thing and/or a bad thing but there are so many characters. Which makes sense considering the type of book there's a lot of people involved. However, maybe its the way they are introduced but it slows down the book and makes it "messy" in a way. The last thing is mostly on me. While I read through it pretty quickly I found myself putting it down easily and I think that has more to do with my mood and maybe a little to do with the previous issue I mentioned. So while I wish the construction was done differently I still really enjoyed this book!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Montgomery

    THE ULTIMATE DEMISE TRIFECTA: GLOBAL, POLITICAL, AND NUCLEAR WAR. In current day Russia, the Soviet Union still exists. A group of power-hungry people are eager to reinstall communist control and return to the “glory days“. Simultaneously, Kuwait has hatched a grand scheme to bomb Baghdad from the Israeli Sea (placing blame on Israel). The Soviet Union wants to destabilize the current government and take control once again. Kuwait wants to cause mayhem in the Middle East and slip out of the Organ THE ULTIMATE DEMISE TRIFECTA: GLOBAL, POLITICAL, AND NUCLEAR WAR. In current day Russia, the Soviet Union still exists. A group of power-hungry people are eager to reinstall communist control and return to the “glory days“. Simultaneously, Kuwait has hatched a grand scheme to bomb Baghdad from the Israeli Sea (placing blame on Israel). The Soviet Union wants to destabilize the current government and take control once again. Kuwait wants to cause mayhem in the Middle East and slip out of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), therefore having the ability to control their oil production and costs. You might ask yourself, how exactly do these stories overlap? “Here goes.” Sukudo sighed. “Some wild man in Russia is going to steal a nuclear submarine and sell it to a country in the Middle East.” “A sub that could launch a missile?” Sukudo nodded. “Fuck me. Who thinks up shit like that? Crazy.” (Poe 184) When an opportunity arises to captain the Saratov, how can Andri pass? This could just be a political statement. Or it could be the beginning of GLOBAL, POLITICAL, and NUCLEAR WAR. CLICK HERE FOR BLONDEVSBOOKS FULL REVIEW

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nichole

    I struggled with this read. While the description (found below) had me intrigued I underestimated my lack of political interest. I genuinely enjoyed the fluid writing style and found that the perspective changes were fairly smooth. For those reasons I would recommend this book to fans of political thrillers. If you find comradery in a lack of an interest in politics be wary. I was overwhelmed by the information provided and the number of perspectives utilized to tell the story. If this ever beca I struggled with this read. While the description (found below) had me intrigued I underestimated my lack of political interest. I genuinely enjoyed the fluid writing style and found that the perspective changes were fairly smooth. For those reasons I would recommend this book to fans of political thrillers. If you find comradery in a lack of an interest in politics be wary. I was overwhelmed by the information provided and the number of perspectives utilized to tell the story. If this ever became a movie or TV Show I would absolutely check it out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Review to come.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexa Dudley

    Red Agenda by Cameron Poe is a political thriller centered around the CIA and Russia's struggle for power. I always like to try different genres so I was really was looking forward to reading Red Agenda! Overall, I thought that the story was very well written, which made me want to keep reading, however I did find it kind of hard to follow at some points. As someone who has never read a political thriller or any type of political book prior to Red Agenda, I had a much harder time retaining all t Red Agenda by Cameron Poe is a political thriller centered around the CIA and Russia's struggle for power. I always like to try different genres so I was really was looking forward to reading Red Agenda! Overall, I thought that the story was very well written, which made me want to keep reading, however I did find it kind of hard to follow at some points. As someone who has never read a political thriller or any type of political book prior to Red Agenda, I had a much harder time retaining all the information and following the storyline than I expected. The amount of information presented combined with the alternating narratives was a little confusing for me as I kept having to go back and double-check that I was keeping the character's straight. There were multiple different characters presented right at the beginning and the chapters alternated perspectives. Although I typically enjoy this type of format, especially at the beginning, the characters all had similar backgrounds which made them all kind of blur together. As for the actual story, Poe did a good job of presenting the background for the plot (i.e., information about the CIA, the Soviet Union, etc.)--everything was cohesive but again, there was a lot of information presented all at once, which made it hard for me to follow, especially when combined with the amount of different characters. My confusion could just be because I'm not used to this genre though and I'm not very well-versed in politics or historical events. Once I got past my confusion, however, I would say that I did enjoy the storyline and that Red Agenda was extremely well-written. The writing was clear and it was an interesting concept that did keep me wanting to keep reading through my confusion--for that, I'd give Red Agenda 3 stars! I would recommend this book to people who are fans of political thrillers and politics, or even people who are just looking for a new type of genre to read, however, I will say it would be beneficial to have some (general) background in politics in order to follow the story!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jen

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  16. 4 out of 5

    Monica H at The Readathon

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    Donna

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Denise

  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

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  24. 5 out of 5

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  25. 5 out of 5

    David G. Herbert

  26. 4 out of 5

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  27. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Cruson

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  29. 4 out of 5

    Betty Dugan

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