Review: The Circle by Stephen J. Galgon


Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: The Circle
Author: Stephen J. Galgon
Series: The Circle #1
Genre: Thriller
Audience: Adult
Format: Paperback
Length: 426 pages
Publisher: MJE Publishing
Release Date: August 15, 2019
Source: Author
Recommended for fans of: action thriller movies
Content Warnings: violence, guns, murder, death


IMAGINE YOU HAD ALL THE MONEY YOU EVER WANTED at the push of a button. The power to control law enforcement, politicians at the highest levels, the judicial system as a whole. To have what you want when you want it, whatever it is. All you have to do is kill someone . . . before someone kills you.

MEMBERS of THE CIRCLE don’t have to imagine such a life. They live it. The liberation of being both hunter and hunted. The salvation that comes with such freedom. A chance to feel truly alive. A chance to savor each precious moment. Because in THE CIRCLE any moment could be your last.

DOUGLAS GOODWIN isn’t rich. He isn’t powerful. What could the sacred society of THE CIRCLE possibly want with him—just a regular guy with a regular job leading a regular life? What would drive them to coerce a young man who has always valued integrity over hedonism into their midst? And why would Doug agree to submersion in a world of secrecy and murder? It’s unthinkable.

THE HARSH REALITY? Doug has been inducted into an institution where friends become enemies overnight, loyalty is a nothing more than a punchline, and conscience is a burden. Where he will be hunted and expected to hunt other members to their death. With no escape from THE CIRCLE’s ubiquitous influence and domination.

HOW FAR WILL DOUG GO? How much will he sacrifice to preserve his way of life? Will he be swayed by the money, the women, the power? Or will THE CIRCLE consume him, as it has hundreds of others before him, and leave nothing but another nameless corpse in its wake?


I branched out of my comfort zone with the action thriller. The story was fast-paced and exciting, and I was horrified by the moral dilemmas.

However, I think this genre, and therefore this story, is ultimately not for me. Doug’s internal monologue got a bit repetitive, even though his ongoing frustrations with being initiated into a secret society of killers was understandable. Character development took a back seat to the action, and I would have preferred a little more depth to some of the side characters, particularly the women characters. I was also not a fan of the way some of the dialogue was formatted, but that’s just personal preference!

This book offers some interesting social commentary on the rich, elite echelons of society. The premise is just wild enough to seem plausible as a conspiracy theory! I recommend this book as a gift for primarily male readers who enjoy action movies.

Thank you to the author for a gifted review copy. All opinions my own.

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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