Sunday, 15 February 2015

Those echoes can be deadly

Donovan Nash is a man under siege, and this time it's personal.  Echo-Watch, the premier scientific research organisation he founded, is being blamed for a series of violent eco-atrocities that ignite protests around the world.  Behind the attacks is Garrick Pearce, a man from Donovan's past, who is bent on a ruthless vendetta.  Garrick has promised that after he annihilates Eco-Watch, he'll murder everyone close to Nash.  Recoiling from the damage Donovan enlists the help of Erica, a woman who claims she has information Donovan needs, but her knowledge makes her a marked woman.  Running from trained killers, the FBI and even his own organisation, Donovan races from southern California to British Columbia, then finally to Alaska where he joins Eco-Watch personnel and desperately tries to stop what promises to be the worst eco-atrocity in history.  With his world in tatters and everything he build seemingly destroyed, Donovan is forced to make one last desperate gamble to stop Garrick and silence the man forever-a roll of the dice that may very well cost Nash his life.

This book is all action from the get go and does not let up until the last page.  The pace is relentless.

The characters are well defined both initially and throughout the story with flashbacks.  You get to feel for the characters and hope that Nash will be successful in his mission.  What I did find distracting was the author’s constant references to very recent events (possibly what happened in the previous book) namely a recent injury and marital issues.  Yet the plot twists make this for an edge-of-the seat read.

This book has everything that murder, mystery thriller readers love.  Yet we know from early on who the protagonist is and what they are doing so it is more a case of cat and mouse than a true mystery thriller.  Although this could be read as a standalone book, this reader feels that more would be gained from reading the entire series in order.  The book is very well written with brilliant prose and this reader wished that they had started at the beginning of the series, so I will have to go back and start again.

Full disclosure;  ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I rated this book 4 stars on Netgalley and 'I liked it' on Amazon (4 stars) and Goodreads (3 stars)

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