Book review by Geoffrey Maingart
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/22/19 – A new action hero is born. The Perfect Instrument is a new adventure novel written brilliantly by Sasha Messer. This is hopefully the first book about his exciting character, Michael Bekker, a secret agent working for the military and CIA. The novel is non-stop action and Bekker is a master of martial arts and weaponry.
As a former Green Beret and alumni of Operation New Dawn in Iraq he was a top operative, expert and unique weapon in himself. The novel begins with him being framed in an undercover assignment in Iraq on a special assignment. Bekker survives the frame-up and the twists and turns are non-stop from beginning to end.
Sasha has a writing style that keeps the reader completely engrossed from beginning to end. This could be a character right out of a Clive Cussler novel. You have a hero who is being manipulated over and over again who then turns the tables on the true villains of the story. Many good characters suffer and meet untimely ends and Bekker with a great sarcastic personality pieces the manipulation together and the ride crescendos to the last page.
The locations, Ukraine, DC and the middle east are brought to vivid life throughout the narrative. The detail and writing style of Sasha Messer is truly consuming. Allegory, history and the philosophy of his characters are expertly portrayed. This is the first novel by Sasha Messer, who I have personally known for many years. This will certainly make a great movie. The main character, originally from Ukraine who immigrated to the US at a young age is built like a Schwarzenegger with incredible fighting skills.
The action builds throughout the novel and the story introduces a host of memorable characters in what takes the reader around the world over a period of a week. Between bombings, assassinations, murders and mayhem, the reader is never bored. This is a page turner and hard to put down.
The story opens with an explosion at a restaurant in Iraq where the hero Bekker is supposed to be a victim. He survives. From that point, his life is manipulated constantly without him having a clue as to what is really going on. His mentors, friends and family all become integral to the narrative. It becomes a novel about greed and the lengths that people will go to in that pursuit.
The book can be purchased on Amazon in written form or audio book.
I absolutely recommend this book to all readers. Hang on to your seat. It is a page turner.