Betrayal is a simple enough word but it has a powerful connotation. And in author Tim Tigner’s book Betrayal, it applies on many levels. There’s betrayal of a brother and sister, betrayal of a lover, of one’s country…and that’s just for openers.
The book is a complicated yet thoroughly suspenseful and enjoyable journey through the world of politics and terrorism in this post-9/11 world. One soul-searching questions at stake is “How far would a politician go to secure himself a spot as Vice President?” In this case, the novel’s candidate is Wiley Proffitt, currently FBI Director but with grander aspirations. He’s made a deal with the Devil, in a sense, and that sets off one level of betrayal. His nearly-fiance is Cassi Carr, an FBI profiler and psychologist whose twin brother Odi is with the FBI as well, on the counterterrorism response team.
The book opens with Special Agent Odi Carr involved in a mission in Iran, but the mission goes very badly and Odi ends up in the hands of Dr. Ayden Archer, who appears to be his best chance at survival. Odi is highly intelligent and has developed a device that has saved countless lives but he’s also developed something called Creamer that, in the wrong hands, can be devastating. And are Odi’s actually those wrong hands?
To tell much more would be to give away major plot points. Suffice to say that it nearly requires a scorecard to keep track of people and events and locations…but it’s worth every moment. The book is a tantalizingly dangerous thriller and perhaps part of its danger lies in the fact that it seems a little too plausible for comfort in today’s political and terrorist-themed world. It’s no surprise that Tim Tigner was once a Green Beret and specialized in counterintelligence – his expertise drives the story onward through some complicated waters and makes it totally realistic. This is the second time I’ve read a Tim Tigner novel and it seems to me his works are begging to be made into action movies – they have all the elements to keep viewers in their seats, if only on the edge.