To say I have an appetite for thrillers wouldn’t be too far from the truth. I love to read them and love to try and write them. My appetite for them have been satiated by the authors like Matthew Reilly and Lee Child among others. To say Chris Kuzneki is now part of those authors I like to read a lot wouldn’t be too far from the truth either.
The Einstein Pursuit is the first novel of Kuzneki that I have had the pleasure to read. It introduces us to Interpol agent Nick Dial, called in to investigate the explosion at a laboratory in Sweden which kills all the scientists who were working there. The investigation uncovers that something very secretive was happening there and the explosion isn’t what it appears to be. On a parallel note, it also brings us to Swedish scientist Salhberg who turns to the main protagonists Payne & Jones, both of them ex-special forces men to try and protect him from a possible assassination attempt. The investigation ends up having a common thread to the bombing.
I have maintained that there are two different kinds of thrillers. The first one is an out-and-out kind, where it’s thrill throughout the read. The second kind sees a more zig-zag pace, starting out with a bang and then fazing in and out with thrills and lulls. This one is the second kind, I feel. Though there are “action scenes”, most of the action in most of the scenes happen in front of a system. It kind of acts as both good and bad point for the book; the good being that this sets it apart from other thriller novels, the bad being that it kind of kills the fun that the start promises. The research that has gone into the novel is evident I feel, with the science playing a prominent part. The main protagonists were engaging and their characters done complete justice. Even Nick Dial, a supposed secondary character is given enough prominence.
I feel the book is a page-turner, but a little patience might be required in the middle parts of the story. One that is definitely re-readable.
Why you should read it?
Thriller that keeps you engaged from first to last, good characters & plot. Nice cover design too.
What you may not like…
There are parts in the middle of the story that may need patience to get through. The non- “action sequences” may not feel that appealing.
Title: The Einstein Pursuit
Author: Chris Kuzneki
Series: Jonathon Payne & David Jones #8
Publisher: Hachette India
Price: INR 350
(29th April 2014)