Genre : Fiction, Suspense, Sports, Romance
Date of Release: September 14th, 2021
Plot : 4.5/5
Characters : 3/5
Writing : 3.5/5
OVERALL RATING : 4/5
AN ACTION-PACKED, ADVENTUROUS MYSTERY WITH IP ESPIONAGE, TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, LOVE
Jedediah Smith, Luke Lin, David Bondsman and Rick Saundersson have created the most innovative bicycle drive in history: The Spinner, a technologically advanced device that produces and stores its own energy without using batteries. It’s 2011, and it’s ideally positioned for the just-emerging city bike market, and the world’s largest bicycle maker located in Taiwan is interested.
Just before they are to leave for Taipei to discuss a licensing agreement with Joyful Bike, While cycling, Luke is struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. Although heartbroken, the three friends decide to continue with their business travels, taking Luke’s fiancee Suzie Sun with them.
At Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, the group encounters two Japanese agents of business espionage who don’t know what they have, but nevertheless want to steal it. The “information worms” pursue the cyclists to Taipei, where the stakes grow even higher and a battle of espionage ensues.
The guys begin negotiations with Joyful’s director of business development, Jung-Shan Lai. She takes them cycling on Joyful bikes through Taiwan’s breathtaking scenery as they continue to thwart the attacks of the information worms. Jed promptly falls in love with Jung-Shan, and she with him.
Will the team be able to secure and finalize their business deal with Joyful Bike? Will the agents of business espionage ride away with the stolen bicycle drive intelligence? Will the three friends get justice for Luke’s tragic death? Will Jung-Shan and Jed work out their cross-cultural love affair?
*I received the book by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are unbiased.*
The adventure and suspense in Bridge Across the Ocean are perfectly balanced. The plot of the novel was clearly out of the usual. The plot was intriguing and engrossing. The story’s tempo, on the other hand, seemed a little rushed at moments. For example, despite the plot’s brilliance, it would shine even more if the pacing was a little slower and included more sections that were lighter in weight so the reader could absorb the heavier bits more readily. The plot’s rapid pacing also hampered the character’s progress.
Throughout the novel, the characters were well-developed. The characters were different and each had their own distinct voice. The growth of the characters was something I admired greatly.
When it comes to the writing, I’d say it’s actually pretty good. The writing style aided the plot’s development and sparkle. It was engrossing and kept me turning the pages until the finish! Through the author’s writing, I could sense their enthusiasm for the theme.
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