I’ve received many book reviews during my career – every media from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal – but few as laudatory as this one from Kurt Brindley who writes a popular blog at www.kurtbrindley.com. I don’t usually put up reviews of my books on this blog – they’re on the main page – but sometimes you just gotta brag. Plus, it feels so satisfying when a true reader appreciates your work.
“When acclaimed and prolific author, investigative journalist, and private investigator Larry Kahaner reached out to me to see if I would be interested in receiving a copy of his latest thriller, USA, Inc. (A Mike Wardman Novel: Book 1), I was at first skeptical, for the last two books that I read that were pitched to me as “thrillers” – one which I reviewed here and, the other, because I won’t review here any book that I cannot honestly give at least a Three-Star rating, I wouldn’t review – turned out to be less like thrillers and more like romance novels.
However, I was intrigued by Larry’s proposal after checking out his impressive bio; and then, after reading the book’s synopsis and preview, I was hooked, completely, and quickly wrote back to him to accept his kind offer.
And I’m truly grateful that I did because I found in Larry’s book a Five-Star Story that is fresh, fast, topical, and, yes, quite thrilling to read.
Literary fiction is my natural space for my literary endeavors; mostly, because I find they instruct me about life in ways foreign or less apparent to my way of living and thinking, often while set in surreal, nightmarish environments completely alien to my own. And the literature I like best (Kafka) instructs without the pedantry (Dickens) and overbearing, lifelike details (Balzac) that I look to literature to escape from in the first place…and which I too often find in genre fiction.
Which is why USA, Inc. is a rare gem of a genre fiction find for me.
"Mr. Kahaner's lecture drew the largest audience I have seen on campus." - Dr. Michael L. Counts, Chair, Convocations Committee, Lyon College
"The audience described Larry's talk as 'excellent,' 'fabulous,' and 'wow!' - Lisa McClear, Conference Director, International Quality & Productivity Center
"Intelligence has privatized, and it is as important a part of modern business competition as it was of the Cold War's political and military confrontation. Larry Kahaner's book shows how the business leader can adapt its techniques to his decision making, ethically and efficiently, with plenty of pithy case histories. A must read for the modern business leader." - William E. Colby, former CIA Director