Review: Goodbye Paris by Mike Bond
Special Forces veteran Pono Hawkins races from a Tahiti surfing contest to France when he learns that an ISIS terrorist he’d thought was dead, Mustafa al-Boudienne, has an Iranian backpack nuclear weapon and plans to destroy Paris. Pono was once Mustafa’s prisoner in Iraq and is now the only one left alive to identify him.
When Pono reaches Paris he finds that his closest comrade has been kidnapped, and that the date to destroy the city is fast approaching. Joining forces with allies from US and French intelligence, and with a fearless and brilliant French agent, Anne Ronsard, with whom he soon falls in love, Pono sets out against impossible odds to catch and kill Mustafa and his terrorist cell before they can destroy the most beautiful city on earth. As they dig deeper into the terrorist networks, their own lives are more and more endangered, while the terrorists change tactics again and again to outwit them as the time to save the city runs out.
Spanning a fast two weeks in and around Paris, Goodbye Paris is a window to today’s France, its elegance and poverty, humanism and fanaticism, beauty and despair, to the still-magical French countryside with its white castles and dark forests, the food, wine, and joyous ironic people, the magic of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame and the tragic fate awaiting them.
Another Pono Hawkins adventure following the best-sellers Saving Paradise and Killing Maine, Goodbye Paris takes us into never-before revealed depths of covert action on three continents, to insider secrets in the war against terrorism, into intense memories of combat in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, and to the depths of love when everything seems lost.
Based on the author’s years of experience with terrorism and Middle East wars, and his deep knowledge of French and US intelligence and military operations, Goodbye Paris is a stunning thriller, an entrancing love story, and an exciting account of anti-terror operations from Paris and Morocco to Afghanistan.
Goodbye Paris is a hallmark Mike Bond thriller: tense, exciting, and alive with real details and places, and that will keep you up all night.
To be honest, I didn’t connect to this book as quickly as I’d hope. It was about midway into the book that it really grabbed me and once it did, I found the plot really exciting. This was my first exposure to Pono Hawkins and I found him very likable and would explore other novels featuring him.
There were many elements to the plot that keeps you interested. I loved the themed titles of the chapters. It brought an anticipation of what’s to come stirring your curiosity of what’s next. The historical and political relevance incorporated in this intricate plot puts the reader right in the center of the action. His storytelling provides a great visual for the readers with its descriptive locals and we really get in the head of the characters through the dialogue. Not to mention, some of my favorite moments between Pono and Anne, are very funny.
Overall, despite my late jump into the book, it was worth the read. The book had an action packed plot filled with interesting characters that keep you turning the pages. I’m looking forward to see what adventure lies ahead for Pono Hawkins. If you enjoys thrillers, you might want to check this out.