Vector – Tradecraft: Phase Zero (Tradecraft, #1) by Michael Shusko

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Goodreads)

When researcher Jawad Khattib gasps his last breath on the Massachusetts General Hospital floor, the Department of Homeland Security wants answers—especially after a preliminary autopsy suggests he died of radiation poisoning. What exactly was Khattib working on? And who was he working for?

DHS Agent Lee Jansen is rushed to Boston and paired with expert toxicologist Dr. Emma Hess to crack the case. All evidence points to the creation of a dirty bomb, but the clues seem too clean, too obvious. During the course of their investigation, they discover the horrible truth. This new weapon is far more deadly than anyone had expected. It isn’t just capable of killing hundreds—it’s capable of killing hundreds of thousands. Can they stop what’s been set in motion by a madman with a dangerous secret before it’s too late?

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
> Thrillers > Military
> Thrillers > Espionage
> Thrillers & Suspense > Spies & Politics > Political
Series: Tradecraft, #1
Length: 370 pages
Release date: 2016-11-09



“True, but he could have ingested or inhaled radioactive particles,” Lee argued. “External detection devices have a more difficult time picking up those signals.”

“Agreed,” she conceded cautiously, impressed by the DHS agent’s knowledge of the pathophysiology of radiation exposure. “All I’m saying is this doesn’t fit the classic picture of radiation poisoning. We have to consider other possible causes as well.”

My Opinion

This book introduces Jawad Khattib, a researcher whose death seems to be due to radiation exposure; DHS agent Lee Jansen and toxicologist Dr. Emma Hess teaming up to find the truth.

With Vector, Michael Shusko has created an action-packed thriller centred on Lee, Emma, and Manny who strongly doubt the first theories of Jawad’s death. It is a compelling read that drew me in after a few pages into the story. Michael Shusko paints a clear picture of the characters’ minds while the story evolves. The main characters – good guys and bad guys alike – are complex, the other characters are described as required; you learn enough about them as well. The story comprises interesting turns, and has a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like fast-paced thrillers, chilling moments, insights in a criminal mind, and if you like believable characters with a mission.


In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Fast
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:
Violence 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen:


About the author

Michael Shusko, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACOEM, is an author, medical doctor and decorated Marine and Naval officer who has worked on intelligence and medical missions across the globe. Fluent in Arabic, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Rutgers University. Post-undergrad, Dr. Shusko transferred from the Marines to the Navy Medical Corps and attended medical school at Wake Forest University.

Dr. Shusko’s Middle Eastern experience and language skills coupled with his background in special operations and intelligence keep him busy deploying around the world. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East , Africa , Europe and Asia. Dr. Shusko has been awarded the Bronze Star twice for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently lives in Japan with his wife and 16-year-old triplet boys.

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Vector?  Or – if you did not yet read Vector – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂






3 thoughts on “Vector – Tradecraft: Phase Zero (Tradecraft, #1) by Michael Shusko

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