My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Just finished up with David Wellington’s Jim Chapel follow-up Hydra Protocol. After reading Chimera, I expected this book to continue with a more other worldly or supernatural theme. I was surprised when it didn’t. Wellington choose to move away from the supernatural and science fictional aspects of Chimera to focus more on the espionage aspect of Jim Chapel’s character and missions. If you’ve read Chimera and are expecting the same science fiction style of mission you’ll be disappointed.
Overall Hydra Protocol was a very fast read. The story starts fast and continues throughout. Once I picked it up it was very hard to put down. There were very few places to naturally stop to put down the book for another day. Around each and every corner I wanted to push on to find out what happens next.
David Wellington is hands down one of my favorite authors and has been since picking up Monster Island years ago. I’ve read each and every one of his books since and I’m happy to have added this one to the list. If you’re a fan of espionage books then I suggest picking this one, as well as the first Jim Chapel book Chimera, and digging in.