“A thoroughly original work of fiction.”
— Mark Schreiber, The Japan Times
“A great adventure and the beginning of a new hero.”
— Ed Jones, KBEM
“Move over James Bond and Mr. Bourne, make room for Cono.”
— Penny Seibert, KOGA Midwest Opinions
“Absolutely intriguing. A great, great book … Cono just really grabs you.”
— Nolan Crowell, KWYK
“Original, un-put-down-able, definitely not your typical espionage thriller.”
— Michelle Martin, Singapore’s Best of Talking Books
Victor Robert Lee’s provocative literary spy novel Performance Anomalies introduces a protagonist to rival the most memorable espionage heroes. Cono is a startling young man of mixed and haunting heritage who has been gifted – or cursed – with an accelerated nervous system. An orphan and a loner, he acts as a freelance spy, happy to use his strange talents in the service of dubious organizations and governments – until, in Kazakhstan, on a personal mission to rescue a former lover, he is sucked into a deadly maelstrom of betrayal that forces him to question all notions of friendship and allegiance.
Relevant to our times, Performance Anomalies explores the expansion of Beijing’s imperial reach into Central Asia, and the takeover of Kazakhstan. Cono’s main adversary is a brutal Beijing agent whose personality has been twisted by the Cultural Revolution’s devastation of his family. Victor Robert Lee’s topical depiction of a Beijing government pursuing territorial expansion mirrors current tensions over China’s aggressive claims on the East and South China Seas.
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