Kafira by John O’Neill is a Cold War thriller with the main action taking place in the early 1980s. The main characters include a female Israeli Biomedical Scientist named Kafira, North Koreans trying to claim the moon for the Supreme Leader, and an ex Royal Marine Commando turned astronomer working at NASA.
The different plot lines for the characters give different degrees of background on the characters as is all eventually leads up to a race to stop the epidemic unleashed by North Korea as part of their plot to have the world recognize their claim to the moon. The background in the end mostly makes sense for character development and understanding the different motivations they have. However, it sometimes bogs down the pace of the book at times, especially in the first half.
Overall Kafira is a somewhat disappointing read. The set up to the excitement just takes too long. Also, the ending leaves something to be desired not only in how it ends, but in how it is so predictable that it seems the characters should have seen what was happening as well. The middle did hook me in eventually, though, and perhaps that is partly why the ending ends up being disappointing because it seems contradictory to the character development I ended up invested in by then.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.