“Torture Man” is a thriller that takes us on a suspense-filled weekend on the Upper East Side of New York City. The drama follows a former CIA operative and a prominent anti-war activist whose 11-year-old daughter is kidnapped by Islamist terrorists for a $10 million ransom.
Mr. Adler is an acclaimed author and playwright and knows how to address complicated themes and how to tackle contemporary social issues. “Torture Man” premise hits close to home by questioning interrogation methods and terrorism, it also touches the themes of family, love relationships and the power of money.
Although I did not find the story to be original it was nevertheless very captivating and extremely visual. Without any doubts this hostage-suspense hot button thriller is an excellent choice to make it to the big screen. Many chapters are dedicated to learning about the main players (Sarah and anti-war activist and Carl a CIA operative), their opinions and viewpoints are at the forefront. Of course they don’t like each other and throughout the drama the sentiment is repeated numerous times. After the kidnapping the action moves to Sarah’s house where Carl’s years of training in interrogation technics become more than questionable. The scenes are descriptive but not gruesome and the action moves at a steady pace. The narrative is clear and simple. Nothing special about the characterization, the players are the run of the mill sort we have in all this type of story. Having said this, I like the story it held my attention from page one and I zipped through the pages in not time. I have been reading Mr. Adler for some time now I enjoy his style and especially the variety of topic each book brings.
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