Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Review: Sweat by Mark Gilleo

Sweat by Mark Gilleo

Publisher: The Story Plant 
Pages: 366 
Format: ebook 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  When Jake Patrick took a summer internship at his estranged father’s corporation, he anticipated some much-needed extra cash and a couple of free meals from his guilty dad. He would never have guessed that he'd find himself in the center of an international scandal involving a U.S. senator, conspiracy, backroom politics, and murder. Or that his own life would hang in the balance. Or that he’d find help and much more than that from a collection of memorable characters operating on all sides of the law. Jake’s summer has turned into the most eventful one of his life. Now he just needs to survive it.

From the sweatshops of Saipan to the most powerful offices in Washington, SWEAT rockets through a story of crime and consequences with lightning pacing, a twisting plot, an unforgettable cast of characters, and wry humor. It is another nonstop thriller from one of the most exciting new voices in suspense fiction.

Kritters Thoughts:  A political thriller that takes the reader out of the US into a territory where sweatshops are a normal occurrence and women are a commodity to fill the empty seats in the factories.  At the beginning of this book there are some plot lines that are running perpendicular and then all of the sudden they merge to make this full story that was fantastic.    

With a senator, a prominent businessman and a son at the center, I loved the dynamic of a son who doesn't want to follow in his father's footsteps as long as they manipulate people. The author definitely only gives the reader the facts as they are needed which was perfect even until the end - I was kept out of the loop and I liked it.  Even the ending is a twist that is not predicted and not completely out of the box that it is unbelievable.

I would recommend this book first to those who love a political thriller that takes you behind the scenes of the business side of politics.  I would also recommend this one to residents of the DC area, I enjoyed being able to picture where some of the scenes take place - one was even right outside of my office in the Tysons corner area!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2012 Challenge: 53 out of 25

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Partners in Crime Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. Very good review and post. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!!

  2. I enjoyed it :)


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