By Marta Tandori for Readers’ Favorite

“Angel’s character is sympathetic, likable and flawed, which makes her the ideal protagonist.

Australian television journalist, Angelique (Angel), is about to have a very memorable thirtieth birthday. She’s scored a major career coup in that she’s about to sit down to a one-on-one interview with the U.S. Secretary of State. The protocols for the interview are already in place, with the benign interview questions and prepared responses provided – and a twenty-second delayed buffer on the broadcast insisted upon. Angel has no intention of sticking to the boring question and answer script after finding out from her colleague that the USS John Steinbeck, a U.S. nuclear-powered super carrier, is berthed in Melbourne harbor despite having been refused entry by the Nuclear Safety Commission. Throwing caution to the wind, she has the interview switched to a live telecast and confronts the Secretary of State about the super carrier’s unauthorized entry into the harbor. However, Angel doesn’t get any response as the other woman is quickly whisked off set. Expecting a huge pushback from her boss the next day, Angel is shocked to learn from him that a dozen Chinook helicopters had left the Steinbeck’s flight deck in the early hours of the morning, heading inland, further tightening the shroud of secrecy surrounding the presence of the super carrier. Angel is given the assignment to uncover the truth, but she soon finds herself in the middle of something she hadn’t bargained for…

Strap on your seat belt and hold on tight because you’re in for a helluva ride! Project Amber: The Milestone Incident by Carl Lakeland sucks you in from the very first page and doesn’t let up. There’s a nice balance between the narrative, dialogue and the action. The story is fast-paced and hard to peg into a particular genre as it is part military thriller and part sci-fi. No matter how you want to characterize Lakeland’s work, it’s one hundred percent entertaining. Angel’s character is sympathetic, likable and flawed, which makes her the ideal protagonist. She’s got some baggage from her past and her struggles with these inner demons give her character such intensity and dimension. There are many plot twists to this story and, while too many plot twists can confuse readers and ultimately lose them, that’s not the case here. Project Amber: The Milestone Incident delivers what it promises – a great story from beginning to end!

Project Amber: The Milestone Incident

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