Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.
I have been very fortunate in the books I have been given the opportunity to review. The Revenge of Adam Defoe is no exception. The story was well-planned, with intriguing twists and turns, and I couldn’t stop reading until I reached the very end. It is definitely a captivating thriller.
After surviving an assassination attempt that leaves him in a wheelchair, Dr. Yoav Walberg slips into a depression. He has lost everything that matters the most to him, while his closest friends continue to have their lives, jobs, wealth, and loves in their lives. After three years of struggling, Yoav goes through a completely life altering transition that sees his situation, status and even name change. Once this transition is complete, as Adam Defoe, he is free to hunt down those responsible for the original assassination attempt. What he finds as he digs deeper and deeper, though, leads him to an answer that is much closer to home than he expected. The real pleasure in the story is watching the slow, calculated, terrifying downfall of those who betrayed Adam for wealth, fame and love. Watching them lose those things is extremely satisfying to the reader.
I really like Evgeny Levin’s writing style. It is well suited for this sort of novel. With such an intricate and detailed plot, where so many events hinge on each other, it takes a clever novelist to be able to keep all of the pieces in place and deliver them when they need to be revealed, and Levin does this well. He gives the reader just enough detail to try to figure out what is going on, but not so much that the ending is obvious. I really don’t like mystery books where you get to the end only to find out that the author has withheld an important piece of information that prevented you from figuring out the mystery. Levin does not do this; when you get to the end, you can look back to see how he got there, but he is so clever about it that the path is not obvious when you are on it.
Levin also excels in writing character and setting. The characters are each well-developed – each of Yoav’s childhood friends has his own definite characteristics and behaviors that separates him from the others. I did keep a list of characters through the first couple of chapters, because several are introduced at once, but they are fleshed-out beautifully, making them easy to remember and identify. The setting is another strong component in the book: Israel and India are described so vividly that it is easy to imagine them. I like reading books about places that I have never been, and learning about what life is like there. Levin’s descriptions of the culture and beauty of the places his characters inhabit truly bring them to life.
I would unreservedly recommend The Revenge of Adam Defoe; it provides an intriguing, captivating mystery for readers, while consisting of relatable, realistic characters and clever plot twists. Definitely a page-turner that will keep you reading long into the night.