Thursday, May 11, 2023

Dr. Wong by Don Engebretson -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


Welcome to Book Beginnings on Fridays, where participants share the opening sentence (or so) of the books they are reading this week. Please share yours! You can also share from a book that caught your fancy, even if you are not reading it this week.


Cole Ember knew he was going to die and hoped it didn't hurt.

-- from Dr. Wong by Don Engebretson. Billed as Volume 1 in what will be a series of Cole Ember spy thrillers, Dr. Wong is an irreverent romp through the world of international espionage. 

Engebretson is a seasoned magazine and short story writer. His debut novel, Welcome to Kamini, followed a man in a failed marriage and professional tailspin to the Canadian woods of northern Ontario. Dr. Wong promises the same strong plotting, memorable characters, and captivating writing, but with non-stop action and laughs on every page. 


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From Dr. Wong:
Blair Hammond was the epitome of a secret agent as portrayed in film, while the antithesis of one in real life. Intelligence officers in the CSIS — and America's CIA, Britain's MI6, Israel's Mossad, the list goes on — were most often brainy, introverted, humorless nerds.
Of course, when I tried to find a humorous teaser, it was impossible to find one in two sentences on page 56. But trust me, Dr. Wong is breezy, fast, and funny. 

Cole Ember is an operative for CASPER, a black ops force so black it’s rumored only in CIA bathroom stalls. Unbeatable in a fistfight, deadly with a gun, and dense as a paving stone. . . . Crossing paths with famed genetic scientist Dr. Wing Duk Wong, Ember slowly—very slowly—discovers that Wong has created a ruthless army of genetically modified humans to aid in his heinous plot to acquire vast wealth via the boldest, and most peculiar, terrorism attack in history.

Also on Wong’s tail is Canadian Intelligence Officer Olivia Laidlaw. She’s skilled, clever, beautiful, and deadly, albeit armed only with a combat knife and bear spray, per restrictions imposed by the Canadian government. Can this hapless pair find and defeat Wong before the world’s financial centers collapse, and thousands of innocent people die? Are you kidding?

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