Dereliction of Duty is a fast and entertaining read. It’s full of deception, politics, cover-ups and power plays. This novel, although fiction shows readers perhaps what we have known or imagined for a long time and what is best summed up in the blurb, “Agent Fox discovers that sometimes politics can be just as dangerous as the streets of Baghdad.”
Agent Thomas Fox is the main character in Dereliction of Duty, a CID Agent sent to Baghdad as part of the Counter Terrorism Task Force. Whilst in Baghdad performing his duties Agent Fox becomes aware of the extent of corruption that goes on, the cover-ups involved and that even though one can follow orders, give their all to the job, risk losing their life, risk losing their family, at the end of the day you can still become a target and end up on the ‘outside’ of it all.
Throughout the novel the reader is introduced to various characters, some with characteristics we love, some we hate and others we love to hate and hate to love. I believe all characters play an integral part in telling this story, all have their little bit to play in the outcome of the novel and all brought out some emotion in me, be it negative or positive.
I understand the characters and events of Dereliction of Duty are based on real people and happenings but have been twisted about and altered so as not to give away the real life circumstances. I think Jon has done a fabulous job at showing the reader how life in the Army can be and I imagine this wouldn’t have been the easiest thing to do. Jon served for 20 years in the U.S. Army and no doubt could write 100 books detailing his work and people he worked with. To write a story of fiction and make sure not to disclose too much about certain things must have been difficult and sometimes may have even come close to the acceptable line. I will say this book is very believable, what goes on doesn’t surprise me but then the scary thing is this is probably just the tip of the iceberg to how things are done in real life.