Mr. Ashforth puts forth an excellent work in his debut thriller.
The Rendition takes the reader to a region of the world rife with conflict and wars, but seemingly forgotten in the realm of spy thrillers. Kosovo and the Balkans, the geopolitics and the secret and not-so-secret operations, as the former province of Serbia inches toward its independence.
Alex Klear is dispatched to Kosovo on a rendition operation. Things turn ugly in page 4, and Alex is taken captive. What will happen to him? How will he survive his captivity? How will he escape?
Mr. Ashforth’s style is simple and efficient. The storyline and the plot develop well, with the traditional conventions of the genre. The torture. The stoic hero. The evil warlords. Gun battles. Smoke and mirrors. A former military contractor in Kosovo and Bosnia, Mr. Ashforth brings his personal experience and human touch to the hero and to the story. The dialogue sounds real and the locales come across as true.
How will Alex survive the wrath of the Kosovo Liberation Army? What will he have to do to discover why his rendition operation failed? Who is fueling this secret war in the Balkans and why?