The Rising Tide of Migrants by M.V. Ezadeen
M.V. Ezadeen’s The Rising Tide of Migrants updates the traditional espionage thriller for the 21st century in a fast-paced, thrilling story of intrigue and terror. The story begins with worldly MI6 agent Jack Malaney enjoying a clandestine meal with fellow agent, Juliette. Their leisurely meal ends quickly, however, when Juliette attempts to kill Jack in order to keep him from interfering with her plans. Melany, of course, manages to outwit her in true James Bond style. Ezadeen’s story, however, is no mere Bond rip-off but an electrifying tale full of explosions and plot twists, told through the interconnected stories of a variety of characters. In addition to Melaney, readers are also witness to the stories of other agents, including Ryan Cervitti, working undercover in Italy as part of the European Union’s border patrol, and Alexa Cremieux, whom we first meet on the Ivory Coast, and who eventually ends up posing as a refugee in order to board the Zadeen, a decrepit cattle ship purportedly smuggling refugees into Italy. As Melaney and the other agents race to discover the true purpose of a series of well-orchestrated, but baffling, false flag attacks, Alexa realizes that Juliette’s plan is to infect the refugees on board the Zadeen with Ebola, then release them in continental Europe, creating over a hundred walking weapons of mass destruction. The story ends, appropriately, with a cliffhanger, as Alexa attempts to fend off Juliette and her agents, while Jack races to her rescue.
In addition to the main plot line, Ezadeen manages to inject a compassionate tone through the sub-plot of Jabir, a former child soldier in the Sudan, who, in his quest to protect his young sister, helps to quell one of the first attacks on his way to reuniting with his mother in Naples. Ezadeen subtly makes the case that terrorism is a result of inequality, and what is needed are less weapons and more basic human decency. As one of the many agents working to secure Alexa Cremieux’s safety says, “when you say in your laws that everyone has a right for a whole bunch of things, like shelter, education, work… then you can’t just say to others, that Okay, well, not for you man.” Ezadeen seems to be arguing that if the government worked as diligently to end human suffering as it does to infiltrate and neutralize terrorist cells, then there would be no reason for such terrorism in the first place. Ezadeen’s story is well told and well written, and readers will be eagerly awaiting what is sure to be an equally entertaining sequel.
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