Hello, we’re excited to be back. This week, we bring some action to your reading list.
On our grill is the fast-moving and compelling thriller, The Orchid Protocol. A Crime Fiction novel by Onochie Onyekwena. First runner-up, The Dusty Manuscript Prize.
So, fasten your seatbelt as this promises to be a bumpy yet exciting ride.
DCT agent Patrick Emenalo returns to work on the same day there is a bombing at a popular fast-food joint in Lagos. Dark Cell, a terrorist group claims responsibility and demands the release of an arms smuggler and crime boss Red Baron.
Will the Orchid be able to stop the terrorist before they strike again? Will the DCT survive the infiltration and betrayal that will rock its once peaceful existence? We will let you find out.
Language, Settings and Style
The story is set in Lagos at a somewhat futuristic time; the year 2025. Events happening over 5 days.
A typical Lagos island resident will find some of the locations mentioned quite familiar; Kigali Ayorinde, Akin Adesola Street, Adeola Odeku and on, which helped the writer localise the story and give it a truly Nigerian feel.
Onyekwena used short, catchy sentences, simple everyday expressions and easy to understand grammar. The scenes were aptly described, so much that the reader can picture the scenes and imagine the happenings as though they were real-life events.
The author presented the bravery and heroic actions of security agents, both male and female in their different capacity, willing to go the extra mile to fight crime.
Onochie lets us into the world of organised crime in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole. Something not many writers have dared venturing into.
However, just when your heart begins to race faster than usual, the writer introduces a quick dose of relief; a peek into the love affair starring Patrick, Tega, and Lily. We thought he served in the right amount of details about the personal lives of the characters without deviating unnecessarily from the main story, namely crime-fighting.
We absolutely loved the fact that it wasn’t all fighting, guns and deaths even though those were the high points of the story.
But… we found some of the stories connecting the characters quite difficult to follow. Either there were too many characters, or they were too complicated to remember the connect. So, we stuck to the notable names, the likes of Morenike, Pascal Igwe, Patrick, and on.
Oh, and if this book were a song, it would be M.I Abaga’s Action Film, for we sure enjoyed all the action.
We score this book three stars.
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