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The New Bad Thing by Michael Ebner

About the Book-The New Bad Thing

Crime thriller readers of ordinary-people-in-extraordinary-circumstances will enjoy this acclaimed new series – where espionage and mafia worlds collide with Seattle reporter, Teagan Penn. By award-winning author, Michael Ebner, a Kirkus Reviews ‘Best Books of the Year’ author. 

Teagan is successful in her own right but she’s not the crusader journalist she aspired to be back in college. She needs a personal distraction and decides to make a difference in the world to help others. When a foreign news story shocks her to the core, she takes matters into her own hands and starts a special project. But not everybody will be happy about her illegally funded venture. When Teagan travels to Paris to deal with a project setback, she wakes up in a luxury hotel in the middle of a terrorist siege. Or is it a planned attack on her life? 

Like other survivors from the siege, she is taken to a local police station. Routine questioning turns to intense interrogation by an American–a European Counterterrorism agent–Robert Lexington. She is the only one in custody who has seen Roman in the last ten years. Teagan is persuaded by Lexington to help locate him–a high priority person of interest–and in return she will avoid the courts and military prison back home. What follows is a challenging personal journey for Teagan across Europe and America. She must draw on her experience as a skilled interviewer, improviser and investigator to find the ghost-like Roman for her family’s survival. 

Available as e-Book, audiobook and paperback by Pen and Picture.

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Our Review of The New Bad Thing

The book seems to have impressed a lot of people but seriously I couldn’t immerse myself in the book. It was all going way into too many cinematic modes for me. I had the book on audio and still, I couldn’t see the events of the book in clarity. Maybe it was the audiobook or maybe it was the narration style of the book, but things wasnt enough gripping for me to stay interested. After a point, I had to speed listen to see how it would all culminate and still wasn’t satisfying for me.

I think maybe the book wasn’t for me. I also feel that the pace of the book was pretty lukewarm despite having all the thrills and turns. Somehow it would spark for a moment and then fizzle out. Also, there are so many layers and events going on that it is hard to co relate all in real time. Maybe I wasn’t capable enough to do that.

You would think with all the twists and turns that the book brings out, it should have been entertaining but it in turn goes through a very linear pattern. Now that I think about it, maybe it was the audio perhaps that couldnt fully bring out the thrills? I don’t know, something was off with this book and also since it couldn’t hold my interest I had actually sped-read it and that also makes me feel like I may not be a very fair judge of the book.


In conclusion, I would like to say that the book wasn’t for me. I had the book on audio and it didn’t hold any interest for me. The funny part is that the book is treated in a cinematic style with Bourne kind of events tucked in but still, either the audio narration or the general narration technique made it less immersive and impressive and I didn’t enjoy the book at all.

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