Stephen L. Burkart
Outskirts Press (2015)
Reviewed by Michel Violante for Reader Views (01/16)
“The Orchestration” by Stephen L. Burkart’s story begins when KGB Colonel Nikolai Rolnikov, who was dying of cancer, sends a package to the United States containing information about his government being the instigator of a fore coming event. Being a KBG Colonel, Rolnikov was the only one that could do something about it, so he sent out the package, and it was delivered to covert ops director John Darque. John is suspicious of the package he just received from his former archenemy. When he opens it and finds out the President-Elect of the United States, Thomas Jefferson Davis is a mole, and that this plan by the Russians to overthrow the US Government has been planned for the past 30 years, Darque knows the US is in serious trouble. This is where Darque’s mission to save the American people begins.
I truly loved this book! It is engaging, fast paced, and filled with twists, the perfect recipe to make it difficult for me to put down. Burkart’s character development is awesome as Darque’s skills and secrets surprised me each time, while still feeling genuine. His research was also spot-on when it came how the Russians operated, and it all felt real and credible. Burkart does an amazing job captivating the reader and drawing them into the perfect thrilling ride through his styles, as well as plot. His simple and direct writing style makes the flow easy to follow, as I understood what was going on within each scene quickly, and thus could focus on the action and plot’s intrigue. My only complaint, if any at all, is that I wish it had some element in the story not already seen in the Russian vs. US topic. I know that is easier said than done, and I am no writer, but as a reader in such well-written story, I guess I wanted to see something different in the topic, something that had never been done in one way or another.
Overall, I found “The Orchestration” by Stephen L. Burkart to be a character driven espionage thriller sure to hook readers, drawing them into Stephen L. Burkart’s fan club! Look forward to seeing more from this author for sure!