Shaw delivers a second action-packed installment in the Jack Logan series (after The Network). The characters are well drawn and the story amps up to a cliff-hanger ending that will satisfy most thriller lovers. This book will appeal to fans of puzzle-solving thrillers and catastrophe stories from authors such as Steve Berry, David Baldacci, and Robin Cook.
The Silent Conspiracy by L. C. Shaw is a story that bends in the wind. It is two separate stories that are pulled together unexpectedly. In this story, Shaw has created two main characters, two protagonists, each with his and her own failings that are intricately woven into the foundation of the story ... The Silent Conspiracy is wrapped in tension and conflict on all levels and yet there are moments when a scene here or there stops the reader, because an outcome is just too convenient. It’s as if Shaw realized that she went down a path and came to a dead end, then had to construct a simple way out ... the premise is a good one, the tension is high, and the characters are well developed. The end, however, is constructed to leave the reader hanging and with a desire to buy the next installment. Not a good wrap-up to the end of a good story.
Two years have passed since investigative reporter Jack Logan and TV producer Taylor Parks exposed the Institute, a secret organization trying to control high-ranking political and media leaders, in 2019’s The Network. Now, in this so-so sequel from the pseudonymous Shaw (Lynne Constantine, coauthor with her sister of The Wife Stalker as Liv Constantine), Jack and Taylor are happily married in New York City and the doting parents of a toddler ... Tedious plotting, dense prose, and bland characters mar the plot, which centers on Crosse’s efforts to collect the 30 pieces of silver Judas received for betraying Jesus to further an evil plan. Fans of James Bond villains and Dan Brown knockoffs may be satisfied.