If you’re a fan of Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum, remember the name David Ricciardi.
Imagine if, instead of Jason Bourne, Robert Ludlum wrote about a character similar to Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. In Clancy’s universe, Jack Ryan began as an analyst with the CIA, a position that’s not quite as attractive for readers as, say, a field operative, assassin, or international super-spy.
It takes a special kind of writer to deliver a compelling, unputdownable spy thriller crafted around a character whose number-one weapon is his sharp mind.
Well, if Ludlum and Clancy would have ever written a book together, it probably would have looked a whole lot like Ricciardi’s Warning Light, one of the hottest debut thrillers (along with Jack Carr’s The Terminal List) scheduled to hit bookstores in 2018.
In Warning Light, Ricciardi introduces readers to Zac Miller, an intelligence analyst with the CIA who bravely steps up when it matters most, only to quickly find himself in over his head and severely outgunned. Without much field training, Zac relies on his smarts and instincts to dodge authorities and a long list of enemies chasing after him as he tries desperately to see his mission through to the end.
Check out the official plot details:
A simple mission for a CIA analyst turns into a nightmare chase across Europe in this exciting debut thriller.
When a commercial aircraft makes an emergency landing at an Iranian military base, it looks like a crisis has been narrowly avoided. But for undercover intelligence analyst Zac Miller, the CIA-staged crash landing is the only part of his assignment that goes right.
What was supposed to be a simple surveillance mission quickly heads south when the Iranians apprehend the smooth-talking American. Never trained to be a field operative, Zac’s in over his head, especially when it turns out escaping from captivity is only the beginning of his problems. On the run across Europe from both Iranian agents and Western authorities who are convinced he’s defected, Zac finds himself fighting for his life, with no guarantee he’ll even have one to go back to…
And now, thanks to Berkley, Ricciardi’s publisher, Book Spy followers are getting an exclusive first look at a video of the author talking about his highly-anticipated debut thriller!
What makes Ricciardi’s story so brilliant is that while the bulk of the plot deals with Zac trying to get back home, readers also get to see him slowly grow into the type of character who could lead a long series for years to come. That transformation process is fascinating, with Warning Light falling somewhere between Vince Flynn’s American Assassin and Mark Greaney’s Gray Man books.