The Archer’s Thread by Noel Zamot – Book Review

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The Archer’s Thread by Noel Zamot – Book Review

The Archer’s Thread
Relented Part One

Author – Noel Zamot
Publisher – Palmetto Publishing
Pages – 476
Released – 10th August 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1641115896
Format – ebook, paperback
Rating – 3 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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Synopsis

Even if you can see the future, you can never escape your past.

Simon Lyons has it all: looks, smarts, an interesting job. He can also see ten seconds in the future. His employers think he’s quite useful. His victims think he’s a sociopath. He knows he’s losing his mind.

A book from his past leads him to a young university professor, the only person who mutes his condition. Around Dr. Kelly Austin, Simon becomes inexplicably sane. The feeling of normalcy is intoxicating. Simon plans to use his condition to enter her life, find the cure, and leave.

That’s when a figure from his past returns, stopping at nothing to keep the origin of his skill buried. When someone uses Kelly to bring him back, Simon must choose: a violent and familiar past, or the terrifying promise of redemption.

Review by Jade

I was really looking forward to reading The Archer’s Thread after the enticing blurb. It sounded like a unique book and although partly a thriller it was going to take me out of my usual genre comfort zone.

The story follows our main character Simon as he falls in love with Kelly, a maths professor, at Tufts University. However, this is not your usual simple romance novel, as Simon is not your normal human being and his relationship with Kelly is not just based on love. As their story develops we find out more and more secrets about Simon until the big reveal at the end which I did not see coming.

For me, the story started quite slowly and it took me a fairly long time to become gripped by it. I found the bits with lots of acronyms and government-specific wording quite hard to follow at times and this took away some of my enjoyment. However, the further I got into the novel, the more I got used to this and became invested in getting to the plot’s conclusion.

I really liked the characters, Paula and Harriet, they brought a bit of humour to what is mostly a very serious book. They kept me engaged and helped me to warm to Simon who I wasn’t sure about at the beginning.

I wasn’t sure what to award this book because it took me such a long time to warm to it, but once I was about 3/4 of the way through I realised I was enjoying it. In the end, I feel like it was is a 3/5 for me, as it just needed a bit more of a gripping start.

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Author Info

Noel Zamot has worked across the globe in military, government, and private industry. He’s a former combat aviator who commanded the US Air Force’s elite Test Pilot School; an economic development executive who has testified twice in Congress, and a tech warfare expert who planned military space operations after 9/11 and developed methods to protect military jets against cyber threats.

While at MIT he studied under Joe Haldeman, author of the “The Forever War” (winner of the Hugo Award), earning a coveted invitation to his advanced writing workshop. An avid cyclist, sailplane pilot and coffee roaster, Noel lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida, with his wife. Absolutely nothing in his books is based on personal experience.

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