I received this book via Early Reviewers and it is the first Graham Brown I've read. As a prolific reader of thrillers, I was excited to delve into a new author. Unfortunately, the novel did little to make me want to explore Brown's works further. In many ways, including character development, plot devices, and pacing, I found "Prophecy" to be a bit cliche and uninspired. Hawker, Brown's ex-CIA protagonist, is the prototype dour, surly, loner chasing his own demons as well as the evil industrialist. Several other reviewers have commented on the "unbelievable" nature of the story. That - in and of itself - is not all that uncommon to the genre and does not seriously detract from the story. Conversely, the predictable nature of the plot and the dark nature of the majority of the characters does tend to make "Prophecy" a bit more of a chore to read than other novels of the genre. All-in-all, what I would consider a 'second-tier' of the thriller genre and a passable work for filling in between works of your more favorite authors. 2 stars out of five.