Title: Sleeper’s Run
Author: Henry Mosquera
About the Book:
War on Terror veteran Eric Caine awakes in a hospital with no recollection of his arrival or the events leading up to it. “Mr. Caine, your employer has filed a missing person report on you. That was eight days ago. Since then, no one has had any idea of your whereabouts,” says Doctor Goldman after Eric gains consciousness.
Found wandering the streets of Miami speaking Arabic with no memory of the car accident that left him there, Eric is alone on a one-way road to self-destruction in Henry Mosquera’s SLEEPER’S RUN (Oddity Media LLC; July 2011; $9.99).
Suffering from PTSD and trying to piece the past few days together, Eric makes his way to a bar where a chance encounter begins a series of events, restoring the equilibrium in his life. When his new job relocates him to Venezuela – the land of his childhood – things take an ominous turn as a catastrophic event threatens his own stability and the stability of the country. Now Eric must escape an elite team of CIA assassins as he tries to uncover an international conspiracy in which nothing is what it seems.
Sleeper: someone or something unpromising or unnoticed that suddenly attains prominence or value. Or in this case, someone who can go unnoticed until they perform a task that has been “programmed” into their minds, completely unaware that they have been brainwashed to do so.
Eric Caine, a veteran, wakes up in a hospital with eight day gap in his memory. His vehicle was found wrapped around a tree. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder he wakens frequently with nightmares about the war on terror. One night at a bar, he meets a fellow Venezuelan who helps him out of a bind and offers him a job. He gets help and turns his life around. He returns to Venezuela as part of his job and he falls into paranoia, believing someone is watching him and everything he is doing.
When he finds himself committing an unspeakable act of violence without provocation, Eric must find the answers. Who has made him into their weapon? Avoiding the CIA, the FBI, Venezuelan security and police, Eric has to fight his way through a labyrinth of political maneuvering to find his answers.
I could easily see this book being made into a screenplay and being a blockbuster. Sort of a “Bourne Conspiracy” action/thriller/mystery. I will say that I found the opening of the book a little slow but once the action starts, you will find it difficult to put down. I highly recommend that you pick it up. Henry Mosquera writes with a driving intensity and continues an exciting pace until a surprisingly poignant ending. Two thumbs way up!
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