The publicist calls this a reality-based global thriller. I heartily concur.
Lots of beautiful scenery, the author has definitely done his research and visited the US locations, Canada's British Columbia, and places overseas, across the pond. If escapism is important to you, this is the book for you.
It is violent, but from what I read, see and hear, terrorism, torture and chemical assaults are reality in this world. With a book you need not dwell on them, and your mind will only create the mind pictures that you can manage. I'm not in favour of gratuitous violence. It does have to propel the plot.
Aaron develops characters that are real; fallible, weak, strong, believable, and ones with whom you can empathise. You don't have to like them all. You do have to care what happens to them!
We understand that the world is full of special people. One of the most likeable characters is one with autism. Richard Aaron has provided some understanding of this medical condition, and show how society no longer needs to bemoan, but embrace people with special skills and talents. His son was the basis for this autistic character, and you know that he understands the condition.
Gauntlet I found an excellent read. I really enjoyed it. In the light of current affairs, such as the crisis in Syria, it provides a better understanding, to my mind, of how people, tribes, nations and sectarian violence shapes the world. I can see a George Lucas movie from this book!
The good news is that Aaron's sequel, Counterplay, will be out this fall!
For an author's precis, read on. It's far better, however, just to devour the book without further background information.
Dorothy Thompson interviewed Aaron, and this is what he said,
"Can you tell us a little about your latest book? (click here for the full interview)
5 hours ago