Book Review: Missions by Marc McGuire

If you are looking for something light and fluffy, today’s review is not for you. What I have here is an intense thriller. Scroll down to check it out.

Goodreads Blurb

Missions by Marc McGuire

An explosion in the heart of Paris launches a French-American investigation that propels Doyle O’Gara, a computer scientist at a technology supplier to the CIA, from the periphery of the war on terrorism into its moral nerve center and toward a disastrous miscalculation that transforms his life. As the suspense-filled investigation leaps from one surprising clue to the next, Doyle O’Gara hurtles toward a dilemma of conscience that defines him and the country he serves.

Missions Book Cover


Modern thriller readers will thoroughly enjoy Missions. The story is (sadly) realistic and well-researched. It was interesting to me to see how well-researched it was from all sides. In my previous experience with this kind of book, the reader learns mostly about the investigation into the attack and, perhaps, some insight into the reasoning of the attackers. This is the first time I’ve ever read a book that delves into the detail behind a terrorist attack.

Adrenalin is pumped through the book via three different timelines: the terrorists before the attack, and separate accounts from both the French and American investigations after the attack. I love a story with several timelines and this one didn’t fail me.

Sadly, I didn’t find Missions as exciting as I thought I would. This is probably a testament to the fact that I’m already too familiar with these stories in both fiction and real life. What would have given the book a slight edge for me is if I could connect with the characters, however, I felt that none were developed enough to achieve that.

If you are looking for an entry point into the modern thriller genre, I can wholeheartedly recommend Missions. Don’t let my cold heart put you off!

Grab your copy of Missions here.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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