The Field of Blackbirds by Thomas Ryan

When Arben Shala disappears, Jeff Bradley embarks on a mission to find him. Little does Jeff know, that he is going to uncover much more than what happened to Arben during his international expedition. ‘The Field of Blackbirds by Thomas Ryan is a gripping, fast paced thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat, as you continue to flip through the pages of the novel, unable to stop your need to know what is going to happen next. Set mostly within the volatile borders of Kosovo, the action and danger is described in such a way that is great for this kind of story. The content is believable and written in a knowledgeable way. With the help of a beautiful woman named Morgan, Jeff must give it everything he’s got if he wants to find out what happened to Arben and make it out of Kosovo alive.

 This book was great at interweaving international agencies and real life situations into the fabric of the story, creating an unnerving tale that fits together in all the right places. Even though the chapters themselves were short, the content included in each one bounded off of the pages as if you were right there running along the streets with Jeff and Morgan. Ryan does an excellent job describing the settings, and all of the characters are intricately developed, so that you are rooting for the heroes, and begging for the villains to receive the punishments they deserve. There is great depth to this story, as Ryan weaves together real life organizations and hostile situations into his novel with ease. Although this is a great feat, sometimes the material became a little dense. However, in the end, The Field of Blackbirds is an action packed thriller that you won’t want to put down.

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