I will be the first to admit that a political spy thriller is not exactly my usual read. That being said Eric Van Lustbader may have just created a new fan out of me. Evan Ryder is an agent dedicated to protecting her country from threats. In The Nemesis Manifesto we go on a journey with her and a group of other agents that will have you on the edge of your seat.
I appreciated how Lustbader showed agents in a negative and positive light. Sort of showing that dichotomy between humans period and not just the titles that they hold. I also appreciated the political and moral similarities of this fictional world compared to the real world. Yes, it’s nice to read to escape, but it’s also interesting to see hot topics hashed out in the fictional realm by fictional characters.
I don’t want to give too much away, so I will end by saying that this story is incredibly well written and once things get started you will not be able to stop reading. At first I did feel a bit like I was playing catch up, like the storyline was already well established and I was late to the party, but I personally feel the author eventually makes up for that later on as you read. I do appreciate that there wasn’t the usual first few chapters info dumping, but it would have been nice to have a little more background from the start.
Throughout this story I was easily rooting for Evan, and can’t wait for more of the stories in this world.