The Paradigm Shift
M-Y Books (2008)
Reviewed by Ian McCurley (age 14) for Reader Views (11/08)
“The Paradigm Shift” begins when MI6 Agent Luke Weaver has just foiled a plot to assassinate the tribal warlord he was assigned to protect. Luke is on his way to India when horrible news arrives at the White House. It is indeed the worst case scenario, and threatens to destabilize not only that region, but the entire world. India has nuked Pakistan. With the capabilities of the two countries unverified, and while the nuclear fires have not yet burned out, the President and his top men already have a plan. With the help of MI6, they will assassinate Krishna Banerjee, the Prime Minister of India. Enter Agent Amber, otherwise known as Kirin, an American agent of Indian decent who is familiar with India. She will rendezvous with Luke Weaver, and together they will carry out the assassination.
Richard Hollands writes fairly well, and while some of his British mannerisms seem unfamiliar, overall there are no editing issues. More important is the subject matter, which brings to light one of the many fears in the back of our minds, a nuclear holocaust. “The Paradigm Shift” appears to be well-researched, and gives one a believable look into the minds at the White House. “The Paradigm Shift” by Richard Hollands is for readers who enjoy novels about war and covert operations for ages 15 and up.