Renowned professor Hardington Tachman sets off on a journey of international intrigue and romance in the first installment of a new series by Wilson.
Former naval intelligence officer and now professor Hardington Tachman—better known as Hardtack—is initially apprehensive when an enigmatic man by the name of Benjamin Cohen requests a private audience with him. Turns out Mr. Cohen has some unforeseen and potentially deadly information: A weapon is missing. Not just any weapon but one of mass destruction that, in the wrong hands, could threaten the tenuous relationship between the U.S. and the burgeoning superpower of China. Hardtack knows he’s one of the few men in the world who can do something about recovering the weapon, and he sets off across the globe on an adventure that will take him south of the border and all the way to the Far East. As if the potential destruction of diplomacy weren’t enough, Hardtack also has to contend with the ruthless Chinese Mafia, which kidnaps Mei Li, Hardtack’s young love interest. He must work fast to keep the United States from falling into a deadly conflict with an overseas foe and, at the same time, track down Mei Li before it’s too late. The author demonstrates a knack for weaving a thrilling narrative, whisking the reader away to foreign locales and keeping the pages flipping in suspense. While the novel isn’t necessarily groundbreaking in the espionage-thriller arena, it hits the right notes and has a more fully formed protagonist than many other books in this vein. Fans of the spy genre or those interested in diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the Far East will find plenty to enjoy here.
A quick page-turner that starts an exciting series off on the right foot.