The Nemesis Manifesto (Evan Ryder #1)
Russian meddling, American fragmentation, and global politics collide in this action-packed, international thriller. In The Nemesis Manifesto, New York Times bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader, "the master of the smart thriller,"* delivers an epic and harrowing adventure of the predatory forces that are threatening the very fabric of democracy and kicks off a compelling new series with a singular new hero for our time.Evan Ryder is a lone wolf, a field agent for a black-ops arm of the DOD, who has survived unspeakable tragedy and dedicated her life to protecting her country. When her fellow agents begin to be systematically eliminated, Evan must unravel the thread that ties them all together...and before her name comes up on the kill list.The list belongs to a mysterious cabal known only as Nemesis, a hostile entity hell-bent on tearing the United States apart. As Evan tracks them from Washington D.C. to the Caucasus Mountains, from Austria to a fortress in Germany where her own demons reside, she unearths a network of conspirators far more complex than anyone could have imagined. Can Evan uproot them before Nemesis forces bring democracy to its knees?*Nelson DeMilleAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Nemesis Manifesto (Evan Ryder #1) Details

TitleThe Nemesis Manifesto (Evan Ryder #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 21st, 2020
PublisherForge Books
ISBN-139781250751171
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction

The Nemesis Manifesto (Evan Ryder #1) Review

  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    I will be the first to admit that a political spy thriller is not exactly my usual read. That being said Eric Van Lustbader may have just created a new fan out of me. Evan Ryder is an agent dedicated to protecting her country from threats. In The Nemesis Manifesto we go on a journey with her and a group of other agents that will have you on the edge of your seat.I appreciated how Lustbader showed agents in a negative and positive light. Sort of showing that dichotomy between humans period and no I will be the first to admit that a political spy thriller is not exactly my usual read. That being said Eric Van Lustbader may have just created a new fan out of me. Evan Ryder is an agent dedicated to protecting her country from threats. In The Nemesis Manifesto we go on a journey with her and a group of other agents that will have you on the edge of your seat.I appreciated how Lustbader showed agents in a negative and positive light. Sort of showing that dichotomy between humans period and not just the titles that they hold. I also appreciated the political and moral similarities of this fictional world compared to the real world. Yes, it’s nice to read to escape, but it’s also interesting to see hot topics hashed out in the fictional realm by fictional characters.I don’t want to give too much away, so I will end by saying that this story is incredibly well written and once things get started you will not be able to stop reading. At first I did feel a bit like I was playing catch up, like the storyline was already well established and I was late to the party, but I personally feel the author eventually makes up for that later on as you read. I do appreciate that there wasn’t the usual first few chapters info dumping, but it would have been nice to have a little more background from the start.Throughout this story I was easily rooting for Evan, and can’t wait for more of the stories in this world.Available July 21st!*ARC provided by BookishFirst & Forge Books
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  • Athena (OneReadingNurse)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Bookish First and Forge for the raffle win ARC of The Nemesis Manifesto by Eric Van Lustbader! I loved his work in the Bourne series and was psyched to have a chance to read this one early.As the description makes obvious, The Nemesis Manifesto has a massive scope. It is a classic spy novel with modern day conspiracy theories and such a tangled web of operatives and agencies that I could hardly keep track of the layers of intrigue. It was very well written and so full of action that Thank you to Bookish First and Forge for the raffle win ARC of The Nemesis Manifesto by Eric Van Lustbader! I loved his work in the Bourne series and was psyched to have a chance to read this one early.As the description makes obvious, The Nemesis Manifesto has a massive scope. It is a classic spy novel with modern day conspiracy theories and such a tangled web of operatives and agencies that I could hardly keep track of the layers of intrigue. It was very well written and so full of action that it was quite hard to put down at times. From Washington D.C. to Russia, Georgia to Germany, arching eyebrows to immaculate suits and a Russian mafia style blood feud, this is a huge sweeping MUST for fans of spies and international intrigueThe book introduced Evan Ryder. She is a truly kick ass agent, proficient and deadly and wanted all over the world. After a small dissertation on why females do or don’t work as agents, the book smoothed out and let her do her job. There was a fairly slow start in general but once the action started it moved so quickly. The other female agent, Brenda, seemed to be there to serve as an example of a bad female agent. She was a bit of a mental loose cannon which issues that seemed to stem from seeing her dad in a compromising position. For example there was some clearly consensual sex going on in her adult consensual relationship, but then as soon as she found out the guy was a double agent she started on a rape tirade and made all sorts of terrible field agent decisions. Crying rape is never cute and omg did I want to reach through the page and shoot her! Thankfully throughout the book a handful of other agents, and ultimately Evan was there to bail her out.Other than a few analogies and similes that seemed a bit over-written, the writing was fantastic and I don’t have much to say about it. The author is a strong storyteller.Other than Brenda, my other small qualm is that I don’t know if quite enough loose ends were wrapped up. We were dealing with everything from a hilariously childish interagency blood feud to some fucked up family ties to Nazis, and somehow the DOD got thrown back in at the end. Nemesis seemed to provide a lot more questions along with their answers, and I never quite understood how things pieced together. Why were they ever targeting Butler, and what happened to him? I think, maybe these questions are going to be the basis of book 2, which had it’s own can of worms opened up by a minor cliffhanger.The most impressive part was how relevant the plot is to today’s world. The American left and right are so obnoxiously far divided that it almost feels believable that Russian based dezinformatsiya is fueling it. Why not? They were alluding to a Trump type of POTUS as well, and it was even more interesting to consider who else in the international committee could be involved.Last but not least - it's time for the @OneReadingNurse infamous medical rant.  The book states a patients IV was pulled, and the nurse rushed to "put the needle back in."  Guys that is not a thing, once we get it into the arm THERE IS NO NEEDLE, just a plastic cannula.  There is NO way to reinsert it.  Huge cringe moment but otherwise the book passes inspection.Overall I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes international thrillers and spy / black ops novels. There’s even a little agent holding a gun on the cover. Thank you again to BookishFirst and Forge for my copy. It releases in May so keep an eye out for it or preorder now!
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  • Tabitha
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll be the first person to admit that political thrillers are far from my genre of choice – typically I stick more towards the fantasy and sci-fi end of the fiction spectrum. But I’ll also be the first to tell you that Eric Van Lustbader’s latest book was pleasantly surprising in the way it kept me involved to the point where I was on the edge of my metaphoric seat the whole time. The Nemesis Manifesto features a whole cast of wonderfully written and engaging characters but focuses its efforts I’ll be the first person to admit that political thrillers are far from my genre of choice – typically I stick more towards the fantasy and sci-fi end of the fiction spectrum. But I’ll also be the first to tell you that Eric Van Lustbader’s latest book was pleasantly surprising in the way it kept me involved to the point where I was on the edge of my metaphoric seat the whole time. The Nemesis Manifesto features a whole cast of wonderfully written and engaging characters but focuses its efforts on the enigmatic Evan Ryder, a slightly jaded and incredibly intelligent operative for an unnamed arm of the DOD. When we first meet Evan, she has been called in by her boss for a special assignment that has led more than one fine agent to their death. Now, with the pressure mounting and the stakes higher than ever, Evan must discover who the nefarious and deadly Nemesis is before its kill list can be completed. It’s a race against time as Evan fights not only unseen forces but also her own fractured memories, which tell her there might be more to this Nemesis than she – or anyone else – anticipated. Although the prologue started off a little slow to me and was subsequently hard for me to get into, the rest of the book overall was a fantastic thrill ride packed full of adventure and intrigue. In every chapter lies a new mystery, an exciting twist, or a heart-pounding action sequence. There are well over a handful of key players in the book, all of which have separate but interconnecting plotlines – and their own agendas. I think under ordinary circumstances, this would be quite confusing to read, but somehow Van Lustbader succeeds in making all of these individual and intricate characters and their plotlines surprisingly clear and easy to follow. Van Lustbader is equally successful in his ability to make long conversations about politics and government engaging rather than droll. Add this to the fact that Evan, the very definition of calm, cool, and collected – not to mention effective – is a female operative (even Van Lustbader throws in a time or two that female operatives have been sorely underused) who always seems to be ten steps ahead of the opposition is the star character and you have a winner on your hands for sure. I can’t say that I enjoyed all the female operatives. I found Brenda rather exasperating both for her inability to see the bigger picture and her foolhardy decision to soldier on when that was clearly the wrong choice. But I was easily able to overlook that fact because of how interesting the other characters were. The Nemesis Manifesto was gripping and thrilling, with unexpected elements, plot twists, relevant politics, and plenty of betrayals. Even if political thrillers aren’t normally your thing, I highly recommend giving it a fair shot – you might be surprised.*I received an ARC from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review
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  • Modern Miss Granger
    January 1, 1970
    It had been a long time since I read a good spy book. I love all things Jason Bourne and Mission Impossible and this book was a wonderful blend of all of those things. I did not like all of the cussing and there were a lot of characters so it got a bit confusing, but overall it was a great story. The twist and turns and shocking plot reveals kept me turning the pages. I had zero expectations going into the book since I have never read anything by this author, so I was pleasantly surprised. If yo It had been a long time since I read a good spy book. I love all things Jason Bourne and Mission Impossible and this book was a wonderful blend of all of those things. I did not like all of the cussing and there were a lot of characters so it got a bit confusing, but overall it was a great story. The twist and turns and shocking plot reveals kept me turning the pages. I had zero expectations going into the book since I have never read anything by this author, so I was pleasantly surprised. If you love a spy book (that is not creepy) then check this one out. I also loved that the main character was a strong and independent female who could survive on her own. She had friends to back her up, but she could stand on her own two feet.
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  • Hanlie
    January 1, 1970
    Finally, we see a badass female killing machine who can give Jason Bourne a run for his money! How apt that it was written by Eric Van Lustbader!This is an intriguing story of espionage pitting a new female character, Evan Ryder, against a company called Nemesis who is out to destroy America. It is full of action with well-developed characters and a fascinating storyline. There are twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat with a brilliant climax.I did get a bit confused keepi Finally, we see a badass female killing machine who can give Jason Bourne a run for his money! How apt that it was written by Eric Van Lustbader!This is an intriguing story of espionage pitting a new female character, Evan Ryder, against a company called Nemesis who is out to destroy America. It is full of action with well-developed characters and a fascinating storyline. There are twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat with a brilliant climax.I did get a bit confused keeping track with all the different characters but I still found it a very enjoyable read. It is the start of a new series and I'm really looking forward to seeing how this character will develop. Thank you to NetGalley and MacMillan - Tor/Forge for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  •  wade
    January 1, 1970
    A finely crafted tale of intrigue and espionage that links Russia, Germany and the United States. Central to the story are a secret group symbolized by ravens. There is almost a super hero woman named Evan who is the point person as the story evolves. Many times I get lost in the complexities of this type of novel. Although the plot is involved the author writes with such clarity that is was easy for me to understand. If you are a spy novel fan this is a good one.
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  • Abibliofob
    January 1, 1970
    I am always glad to see new books with strong females. There aren't enough in the literary world in my opinion. This is not the best book by Lustbader I have read but the sum total is good. If there should come a sequel about Evan I would read it. Thanks to Forge Books, Macmillan and Edelweiss for letting me read this one.
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  • John Yelverton
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free ARC of The Nemesis Manifesto from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. The guy who wrote the sequels to the Jason Bourne books has created his own character. Cool! It's a spy too, but it's a woman. Okay, cool. She has amnesia. Dang it! Come on! Once my eyes returned to their normal positions from rolling to the back of my head, I read a book consisting of episodic chapters with as much action and detective work as an episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger." The overall plot re I received a free ARC of The Nemesis Manifesto from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. The guy who wrote the sequels to the Jason Bourne books has created his own character. Cool! It's a spy too, but it's a woman. Okay, cool. She has amnesia. Dang it! Come on! Once my eyes returned to their normal positions from rolling to the back of my head, I read a book consisting of episodic chapters with as much action and detective work as an episode of "Walker, Texas Ranger." The overall plot reads like a James Gardner novel when he was writing the James Bond sequels. To say I was disappointed and underwhelmed would be an understatement. What redeems this book is the mouth dropping ending which perfectly sets up the sequel.
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  • Victoria
    January 1, 1970
    I won an uncorrected ARC from a giveaway.This book is billed as the first novel in a new series centered on the adventures of Evan Ryder, but from the start it feels like you've been dropped into the middle of an ongoing series, with lots of references to past events that are often not fully fleshed out and don't seem to have any material relation to the story. This is mostly just a problem in Part One, after which it starts getting into the meat of things and becomes much smoother. Still, this I won an uncorrected ARC from a giveaway.This book is billed as the first novel in a new series centered on the adventures of Evan Ryder, but from the start it feels like you've been dropped into the middle of an ongoing series, with lots of references to past events that are often not fully fleshed out and don't seem to have any material relation to the story. This is mostly just a problem in Part One, after which it starts getting into the meat of things and becomes much smoother. Still, this series could be well-served with a prequel that sets up some of the character relationships. (view spoiler)[For example, maybe something that touches on Evan's original meeting/tour of field work with Benjamin; the shared loss of family members to GRU that either bonded them and/or drove them apart; Evan apparently getting to meet and bond with his daughter; Evan's original meeting with and subsequent training of Brenda. Basically all of the Evan-related threads that are mentioned but not fully worked into the story. (hide spoiler)]Beyond that, the story itself was sufficiently captivating. I particularly enjoyed the overall relevance of the novel which clearly tied into a lot of the events we see happening today. There were a fair amount of twists and turns, and of course a good-sized body count. It obviously takes a certain kind of damage to choose life as a spy. Their most valuable tools seem to be a whole lot of ingenuity and quick reflexes (plus luck, lots of luck) to help them get out of the messes they end up stumbling into. Evan quite grew on me over the course of the story. Her suspicious nature and attention to detail kept her mostly ahead of the game, though there was a running theme of people who had been injured continuing to push on in their weakened state instead of taking the time to heal up first, leading them to be overwhelmed at crucial moments. Should serve as a great warning about the value of self-care, lol. If you're into stories about well-trained, semi-rogue agents, investigating and taking down globe-spanning shadowy organizations, go ahead and give it a try.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    The Nemesis Manifesto is page-turning drama for fans of novels such as Nelson DeMille's THE CHARM SCHOOL and Richard Condon's timeless thriller THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. In Eric Van Lustbader's novel, female agent Evan Ryder is dedicated to solving the deaths of fellow agents and comes up against a group united in their determination to ruin the United States of America. The Russian power players have animosity and power struggles among themselves and use their positions of power to cheat on the The Nemesis Manifesto is page-turning drama for fans of novels such as Nelson DeMille's THE CHARM SCHOOL and Richard Condon's timeless thriller THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. In Eric Van Lustbader's novel, female agent Evan Ryder is dedicated to solving the deaths of fellow agents and comes up against a group united in their determination to ruin the United States of America. The Russian power players have animosity and power struggles among themselves and use their positions of power to cheat on their wives with women who hope they will be the replacement. Evan, of course, must also deal with some of the male-female complications: Brenda is Evans' friend and the girlfriend of Peter with whom Evan works to solve the mystery of bodies which were drained of blood in another location. The irony of daily dezinformatsiya adds the 'au courant' touch to the political machinations. This is sure to be a movie! Thank you BookishFirst for the ARC. This is my honest review in exchange for the advance copy.
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  • Maryjo Laupp
    January 1, 1970
    I am going to be brutally honest - I don't usually read books of this genre. The "political thriller" is not usually my thing but when I first saw the synopsis and realized this was all about the work of a female black-ops agent, I was more than intrigued. And Eric van Lustbader did not disappoint!Her fellow agents are dying at an alarming rate. Evan Ryder is determined to figure out exactly who or what Nemesis is to protect not only others but also herself. The reader can never be completely s I am going to be brutally honest - I don't usually read books of this genre. The "political thriller" is not usually my thing but when I first saw the synopsis and realized this was all about the work of a female black-ops agent, I was more than intrigued. And Eric van Lustbader did not disappoint!Her fellow agents are dying at an alarming rate. Evan Ryder is determined to figure out exactly who or what Nemesis is to protect not only others but also herself. The reader can never be completely sure, however, exactly who is working for who. With plenty of double agents, deception, misinformation, and political maneuvering, the book will keep you guessing right up until the end. And with a bit of a cliffhanger, one can't help but wonder if there is a sequel in the works!This book is extremely relevant in the current U.S. political climate which only helps to keep the reader engaged in the story from start to finish. Evan is fierce, determined, and willing to push herself hard to do what needs to be done. But she has demons from her past that need to be dealt with if she is to find and defeat her enemies. Eric van Lustbader has definitely gained a new fan!
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  • Alicia Kozak
    January 1, 1970
    This first in the series shows an intelligent character in Evan Ryder, a spy who is very good at her job, staying many steps ahead of the bad guys.I like thrillers and spies, not into politics but it wasn't so heavily political that it turned me off. I thought this would be an interesting concept but it's slow getting there. There's lots of players to keep straight and what sides they're on. Caught my interest because of the travel to Austria and Germany. Having been there I hoped to see familia This first in the series shows an intelligent character in Evan Ryder, a spy who is very good at her job, staying many steps ahead of the bad guys.I like thrillers and spies, not into politics but it wasn't so heavily political that it turned me off. I thought this would be an interesting concept but it's slow getting there. There's lots of players to keep straight and what sides they're on. Caught my interest because of the travel to Austria and Germany. Having been there I hoped to see familiar places or learn of new ones and it didn't disappoint. Unfortunately it comes so late in the book. Interesting reveal at the end that sets up for a sequel that should provide more backstory. Could have used more backstory other places however- I kind of felt like I was getting dropped into the middle of a series instead of first in series. There's a lot of references to previous events that are not fully explained. Maybe the author intends to elaborate on future books?Overall I was a little disappointed, as this wasn't as exciting as I'd expected and slow going, but it does pick up in the end and leaves us with an intriguing cliffhanger.
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  • Bill
    January 1, 1970
    Eric Van Lustbader typically writes some of the best thrillers available. Unfortunately he missed the mark on The Nemesis Manifesto. The storyline made little sense as it was difficult to follow the characters, the first few, who were politically corrupt in both the U.S. and Russia but faded from the book about two-thirds of the way through. Only to be replaced by Neo-Nazis (the so-called Nemesis) and various intelligence agents thought dead only to be discovered very much alive, and the revelat Eric Van Lustbader typically writes some of the best thrillers available. Unfortunately he missed the mark on The Nemesis Manifesto. The storyline made little sense as it was difficult to follow the characters, the first few, who were politically corrupt in both the U.S. and Russia but faded from the book about two-thirds of the way through. Only to be replaced by Neo-Nazis (the so-called Nemesis) and various intelligence agents thought dead only to be discovered very much alive, and the revelation that admired family members were treasonous double agents or possibly triple agents. It was never clear who was what. But the major disappointment to me was the key figure, super secret agent, Evan Ryder, feared by all, not once worked out, practiced her martial arts, or trained with her weapons but was able to dispatch bad guys with ease, heal quickly, and enjoy a good meal shortly after. Evan appears headed for a sequel. I hope the author finds his “A” game before Evan Ryder.2 hits the bookshelves.
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  • Karen Parisot
    January 1, 1970
    First book in a new series with a righteous, incredibly competent female super spy named Evan Rider. Sent to investigate who has been killing her fellow agents, she ends up in Europe on the trail of Nemesis, an ultra secret group bent on killing democracy.This is a timely story. It parallels the rise of fascism in many countries around the world including our own. And, it highlights the Russian campaign to upend western society by spreading misinformation through social media. I liked that the b First book in a new series with a righteous, incredibly competent female super spy named Evan Rider. Sent to investigate who has been killing her fellow agents, she ends up in Europe on the trail of Nemesis, an ultra secret group bent on killing democracy.This is a timely story. It parallels the rise of fascism in many countries around the world including our own. And, it highlights the Russian campaign to upend western society by spreading misinformation through social media. I liked that the book had so many strong female characters. Evan, Brenda, Isobel all have brilliant minds and superb fighting skills. I thought there were a lot of characters to keep up with though. I found myself more than once having to stop and figure out which character was which. The Russian story thread was dropped about 2/3 of the way through the book, but I feel like it is relevant to the plot and helps lay the foundation for the next book in the series. For lovers of spy novels with lots of action and intrigue. 3.75 stars
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  • MizzyRed
    January 1, 1970
    I got this advance book from Bookish First.I usually don't read this type of book, though I have read a few on occasion and have enjoyed them mostly. This book is toted as the first in a new series about Evan Ryder but it feels like a middle book because there are many references to past histories between characters like Evan and Ben or Evan and Lyudmilla. It made for some very confusing parts in the beginning especially because it pulled me from the main story I was reading about Evan hunting d I got this advance book from Bookish First.I usually don't read this type of book, though I have read a few on occasion and have enjoyed them mostly. This book is toted as the first in a new series about Evan Ryder but it feels like a middle book because there are many references to past histories between characters like Evan and Ben or Evan and Lyudmilla. It made for some very confusing parts in the beginning especially because it pulled me from the main story I was reading about Evan hunting down Nemesis on the order of Benjamin Butler. I wanted to know more about the mysterious Lyudmilla. The Russian parts with the GRU and SVR were interesting and it was kinda cool how it all tied in by the end between the various factions in Russia and the US. Though is definitely left open a big bombshell, probably for the next book in the series.I think it was a pretty good political thriller and I do not regret reading it.
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  • N
    January 1, 1970
    The “Nemesis Manifesto” written by best selling author Eric Van Lustbader is a smart thriller and somewhat of a mystery reminiscent of his Jason Bourne novels and every bit as good as. This is a book filled with intrigue and infinitely interesting characters. The chapters are short which makes it easy to read. Follow Evan Ryder as she follows the action-packed trail of a group called Nemesis and forces them to abandon their plot to bring the United States to its knees. Will she succeed? Ravens a The “Nemesis Manifesto” written by best selling author Eric Van Lustbader is a smart thriller and somewhat of a mystery reminiscent of his Jason Bourne novels and every bit as good as. This is a book filled with intrigue and infinitely interesting characters. The chapters are short which makes it easy to read. Follow Evan Ryder as she follows the action-packed trail of a group called Nemesis and forces them to abandon their plot to bring the United States to its knees. Will she succeed? Ravens are symbolic and keep appearing throughout the story......find out why and what they have to do with Evan. These questions you will only learn the answers to if you read this book. Once you begin reading this novel you won’t be able to put it down. Thanks to BookishFirst and FORGE books for the complimentary copy. I enjoyed it very much!
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the idea behind The Nemesis Manifesto by Eric Van Lustbader with the mystery and intrigue behind the agents being killed off. This type of suspenseful thriller plot always crackles with tension as the characters try to survive and outwit those trying to bring them down. I enjoyed this novel because it was full of action and cat and mouse games, but the Russian names of the cast of characters were hard to follow and remember who was who after a while, especially when the main ones used al I loved the idea behind The Nemesis Manifesto by Eric Van Lustbader with the mystery and intrigue behind the agents being killed off. This type of suspenseful thriller plot always crackles with tension as the characters try to survive and outwit those trying to bring them down. I enjoyed this novel because it was full of action and cat and mouse games, but the Russian names of the cast of characters were hard to follow and remember who was who after a while, especially when the main ones used aliases. Furthermore, the other problem was that I thought the prologue was overly long and didn’t mesh as I thought it should to blend it in with the story.Anyone that appreciates espionage type of spy thrillers could sink their teeth into this book, but be prepared to jot down some character names to best keep up!
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  • Kim Bakos
    January 1, 1970
    I read non-fiction to escape and don't like to put a lot of thought into what I am reading. This story kept my head spinning throughout and that detracted from my enjoyment. There were a large number of significant players in this story and nearly all of them were double agents and you never knew which side anyone was on so it was quite confusing to wade through. Even the Russian agents could be representing two different factions of Russian politics.With all the talk about the Russian election I read non-fiction to escape and don't like to put a lot of thought into what I am reading. This story kept my head spinning throughout and that detracted from my enjoyment. There were a large number of significant players in this story and nearly all of them were double agents and you never knew which side anyone was on so it was quite confusing to wade through. Even the Russian agents could be representing two different factions of Russian politics.With all the talk about the Russian election meddling, the reason behind the plot of the book is quite believable. In the hotbed of political differences here in America, it doesn't take much "pot-stirring" to get things to the point where they can boil over. It is scary to see how easily we can be manipulated through social media and fake news.
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  • Jill
    January 1, 1970
    The Nemesis Manifesto offers a thrilling ride into international espionage, double agents and conspiracy. Book one of the Evan Ryder series introduces readers to a bad a$$ female spy thrown into a dangerous Russian scheme to protect her country. While everyone else is dying and becoming ever more entangled in a dangerous plot, Evan Ryder is taking a seemingly roundabout ride to discovering the truth.This tangled web of characters, plot lines and countryside locales causes extreme confusion as th The Nemesis Manifesto offers a thrilling ride into international espionage, double agents and conspiracy. Book one of the Evan Ryder series introduces readers to a bad a$$ female spy thrown into a dangerous Russian scheme to protect her country. While everyone else is dying and becoming ever more entangled in a dangerous plot, Evan Ryder is taking a seemingly roundabout ride to discovering the truth.This tangled web of characters, plot lines and countryside locales causes extreme confusion as the reader attempts to keep up with the twisted agents, double agents, Russians, DoD operatives, boyfriends, past friends, and on and on. The Nemesis manifesto is a spider web that wraps you up fully and spits you out into a rather interesting finale in hopes of a book #2. *Disclaimer: a review copy was provided by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Krystal
    January 1, 1970
    I got an ARC of this book courtesy of Bookish First.Evan Ryder is one mean killing machine! She sure racks up the body count in this first book of a series that she is the star in. Though some of the others, from Brenda to Boyko can hold their own pretty well. The action parts of this book were pretty easy to understand but some of the political stuff was a bit convoluted and I think there were too many double and triple agents. It did not help that this book felt like it was from the middle of I got an ARC of this book courtesy of Bookish First.Evan Ryder is one mean killing machine! She sure racks up the body count in this first book of a series that she is the star in. Though some of the others, from Brenda to Boyko can hold their own pretty well. The action parts of this book were pretty easy to understand but some of the political stuff was a bit convoluted and I think there were too many double and triple agents. It did not help that this book felt like it was from the middle of a series instead of being the first book. Maybe some of the characters came from a previous series? I would not mind reading more in this series as this first one turned out to be a pretty quick and exciting read and I want to learn more about this unstoppable agent by the name of Evan Ryder!
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  • Kitkat
    January 1, 1970
    I got an advance copy of this book to read and review.First off, I will say that I like how the main character, Evan Ryder is a woman agent. And she is super tough and able to handle all that trouble that comes her way when she goes looking for it. So many of these political thriller type books have the secret agent be a guy. It was nice to have it mixed up a little.There is a lot of action and quite the body count, plus lots of double agents and a secret organization with a kill list and a plan I got an advance copy of this book to read and review.First off, I will say that I like how the main character, Evan Ryder is a woman agent. And she is super tough and able to handle all that trouble that comes her way when she goes looking for it. So many of these political thriller type books have the secret agent be a guy. It was nice to have it mixed up a little.There is a lot of action and quite the body count, plus lots of double agents and a secret organization with a kill list and a plan to disrupt the modern world. I got a little confused with all the acronyms at times and that took a bit of time out of reading to figure out what they all meant. Though I still liked most of the story.I probably would not read more books in the series, though I might google the summaries because I want to find out more about the story of Lyudmilla and Evan.
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  • Lorel Holt
    January 1, 1970
    This was an average secret agent novel. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either. It was altogether a decent entertaining read. I liked the character of Evan Ryder and the ups and downs she suffered through the whole book. They did set it up to continue Evan’s story in another book so I am curious to check that out when it comes out. There was also some unanswered question with everything that was going on with Butler and Isobel’s side of the story so hopefully they will answer those questions i This was an average secret agent novel. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either. It was altogether a decent entertaining read. I liked the character of Evan Ryder and the ups and downs she suffered through the whole book. They did set it up to continue Evan’s story in another book so I am curious to check that out when it comes out. There was also some unanswered question with everything that was going on with Butler and Isobel’s side of the story so hopefully they will answer those questions in the next novel. Also POOR PETER!! He was was my favorite character and did not deserve what happened to him... Brenda also gets the butt end of everything as well. She is one strong cookie. Overall I can’t wait to see how Eric continues the story. Thank you to Bookish First and Forge Books for sending me an ARC of this book to read!!
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I received this pre-publication book from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.This book is definitely an intriguing spy thriller that had me guessing until the very end. Once I started reading it I could not put it down until I finished it in its entirety. There is plenty of action to keep you reading at a fast pace with characters bouncing around the world. The book also has a good perspective about our current political climate and how it relates to historical periods. One of the few I received this pre-publication book from BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.This book is definitely an intriguing spy thriller that had me guessing until the very end. Once I started reading it I could not put it down until I finished it in its entirety. There is plenty of action to keep you reading at a fast pace with characters bouncing around the world. The book also has a good perspective about our current political climate and how it relates to historical periods. One of the few issues I had was the feeling I was missing some background about some of the characters in the beginning of the book. As this is the first book I read from the author I am not sure if there were previous books that would have provided more information. Overall was a great read and I would highly recommend it!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    While I eventually figured out (I think) just exactly who Nemesis was, who Nemesis was and what the goals were, getting there was an absolute mess. There are at least six POVs in this book, so the perspective it's being told from is constantly shifting and double-crosses and hidden identities seem to reveal themselves constantly. It took me quite awhile before I could even keep the two Russian agents sorted out from each other and their respective alliances. Meanwhile on the American side, Evan While I eventually figured out (I think) just exactly who Nemesis was, who Nemesis was and what the goals were, getting there was an absolute mess. There are at least six POVs in this book, so the perspective it's being told from is constantly shifting and double-crosses and hidden identities seem to reveal themselves constantly. It took me quite awhile before I could even keep the two Russian agents sorted out from each other and their respective alliances. Meanwhile on the American side, Evan and Ben with the help of Ben's newest protégé, Brenda, are trying to suss out Russian spies on American soil and within the federal government. I understand the point of double agents and secret societies is to deliberately lead people in a false direction, but the story would have felt a lot more cohesive if it had been told from one perspective and fewer characters to follow.
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    Like so many others have stated, political spy thrillers are usually not the kind of book I choose to read; however, I do like to try different genres, and when I came across this, I thought I might as well give it a try.From fake news to politicians caught up working with Russia, it’s a book that many might feel has elements of where the people of this country are now. While I’ll go for the abundance of fake news, and other countries working to slant the opinions of our citizens, I’m not sure o Like so many others have stated, political spy thrillers are usually not the kind of book I choose to read; however, I do like to try different genres, and when I came across this, I thought I might as well give it a try.From fake news to politicians caught up working with Russia, it’s a book that many might feel has elements of where the people of this country are now. While I’ll go for the abundance of fake news, and other countries working to slant the opinions of our citizens, I’m not sure one way or the other about politicians. Having said all that, this action filled book, with spies and conspirators aplenty really caught my attention. The female lead, Evan, was a very strong character. It’s always nice to see females able to save the day.The characterization was good, and the plot moved very fast. I thought this was a good beginning to a new series.
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  • Penny lurkykitty
    January 1, 1970
    The Nemesis Manifesto is an cleverly written espionage/political thriller involving all-too-real politicians and situations. You can guess who the unnamed politicians are just by the descriptions. It appears to be a stand-alone or the beginning of a series. I really liked the character of Evan Ryder who is a lone wolf agent with the DOD. She is smart, tough, well-trained but not a robot. She is trying to solve the mystery of the gruesome deaths of some fellow agents. The story was action-filled The Nemesis Manifesto is an cleverly written espionage/political thriller involving all-too-real politicians and situations. You can guess who the unnamed politicians are just by the descriptions. It appears to be a stand-alone or the beginning of a series. I really liked the character of Evan Ryder who is a lone wolf agent with the DOD. She is smart, tough, well-trained but not a robot. She is trying to solve the mystery of the gruesome deaths of some fellow agents. The story was action-filled and complex with many twists and turns. There were double and triple agents and suppressed memories. It was very difficult to guess the surprises ahead of time. This book reads like an action movie and I could really picture it as a film. Although, not historically one of my go-to genres, I will seek out more books by this author.
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  • Sam Ehresman
    January 1, 1970
    A very intriguing book! You won't be disappointed with this one! It has been years since I have read a good spy book, this one was worth the wait! I have always loved Mission Impossible so I knew this would be right up my alley! There are a ton of characters in this book, but once you get them figured out, you're hooked. This was a book I could not put down. So many twists and so much mystery! One of my favorite things about this book is that the main character is female, and she is a badass! Ve A very intriguing book! You won't be disappointed with this one! It has been years since I have read a good spy book, this one was worth the wait! I have always loved Mission Impossible so I knew this would be right up my alley! There are a ton of characters in this book, but once you get them figured out, you're hooked. This was a book I could not put down. So many twists and so much mystery! One of my favorite things about this book is that the main character is female, and she is a badass! Very strong and independent. This book is sure to be around for years to come. It will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time! I had never read anything by this author, but I will most definitely be on the look out for the next novel!
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  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 starsEvan Ryder is a female agent with skills akin to "Mission Impossible" level. She finds herself in a situation where a mysterious organization called Nemesis, reminiscent of the Third Reich, is strategically killing off agents, putting out misinformation and generally wreaking havoc with the US. She is sent to find said organization and bring them down. This is one of the fastest paced spy thrillers I have read in a long time. There is so much misinformation, double agent activity and 3 1/2 starsEvan Ryder is a female agent with skills akin to "Mission Impossible" level. She finds herself in a situation where a mysterious organization called Nemesis, reminiscent of the Third Reich, is strategically killing off agents, putting out misinformation and generally wreaking havoc with the US. She is sent to find said organization and bring them down. This is one of the fastest paced spy thrillers I have read in a long time. There is so much misinformation, double agent activity and mysterious ties to her past and others that you have to pay close attention. The first in a new series and a must for all those armchair special agents and readers of smart covert operation thrillers. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Aubrey Warnick
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn’t prepared to like this book. The first impression I gave it was a three star, normally I don’t do spy stories, they don’t interest me all that much, but this took me completely by surprise. I take it all back! My first impression couldn’t have been more wrong, and I’m actual very grateful for that. Thank you so much to Eric and Macmillan for calling my bluff and sending this to me, proving me wrong effectively. I waited on this for over a week and I was dreading it, and once I started re I wasn’t prepared to like this book. The first impression I gave it was a three star, normally I don’t do spy stories, they don’t interest me all that much, but this took me completely by surprise. I take it all back! My first impression couldn’t have been more wrong, and I’m actual very grateful for that. Thank you so much to Eric and Macmillan for calling my bluff and sending this to me, proving me wrong effectively. I waited on this for over a week and I was dreading it, and once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down, it was so well down, it kept me at the edge of my seat the entire book; wanting to know what was going to happen. It’s probably the first spy book I have ever actually enjoyed. Well done, great book!
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I really wanted to like this book. I love crime and spy novels. They keep you on your toes and you just can't put them down. This book however, was the exact opposite. The names were overly confusing at times and hard to place with the characters. The main character was a female agent. That is a great way to be progressive but in the first two chapters alone, they constantly mention how they can't believe she is as good as she is because she is a woman. I get it, it's unbelievable! No woman coul I really wanted to like this book. I love crime and spy novels. They keep you on your toes and you just can't put them down. This book however, was the exact opposite. The names were overly confusing at times and hard to place with the characters. The main character was a female agent. That is a great way to be progressive but in the first two chapters alone, they constantly mention how they can't believe she is as good as she is because she is a woman. I get it, it's unbelievable! No woman could ever be that good. On the plus side, the story was interesting. The plot to discredit through the internet is not new technology but very poignant for our day and age. Again, I really tried hard to like this book. Parts were amazing but the parts that weren't just seemed to bog it down.
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