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Series: A Jake Parker Thriller
Author: Nick Thacker
I hadn’t read anything by this author before but the book blurb had me intrigued and I’m so happy I decided to read it! It is a fast paced action thriller with plenty of diverse threads which are skilfully interwoven to create an enthralling read that I didn’t put down until I’d finished it.
Jake Parker is an ex-military and ex-Boston PD detective who is convinced by Derek Briggs, the director of ICE, to investigate the mysterious deaths of a couple who had inadvertently strayed into the US from Canada. There are concerns that their deaths could be the first of many – could this be the start of another pandemic? He is given lots of freedom to follow his own investigations to stop this threat and his first move is to seek support from his ex-police detective partner and a medical professor. When they discover the disease is man-made, this trio are involved in a race against time in order to thwart those behind the attack whilst endeavouring to keep themselves safe, too.
What a well written, fascinating story this proved to be. It is a gripping thriller which kept me turning the pages to discover just how everything would unfold. It was surprising to read comparisons between the mystery disease and COVID-19, including references to the R number as part of this, implying this book has actually been written very recently and is set in the near future. I’m very happy this is part of a series and there will be more mysteries for Jake to solve in future and really hope I get to read them!
Thank you to Bookouture for the copy of this book which I have voluntarily read and honestly reviewed.
When there’s nothing left to lose, there’s no limit to what you’ll risk.
Jake Parker’s world collapsed with the violent death of his wife during a police-led raid. In the awful aftermath, he hung up his detective’s badge for good. Now ex-military, ex-police, he has embraced a simple civilian life. But when a deadly new disease begins to threaten American lives, Jake is dragged out of his self-imposed retirement.
When a young family at a remote detention center die from a mysterious illness, Jake is contacted by a government official to launch a covert investigation. An unknown disease has entered the system, causing agonizing death and visible signs of blood pooling beneath the skin, and it seems to be spreading. If Jake can’t get on the ground quickly to eliminate the threat before it becomes an epidemic, countless more innocent lives could be at risk.
With the help of medical professor Eliza Mendoza, Jake heads to the border, but what they uncover there is evidence that this devastating disease is man-made, and part of a calculated plot aimed right at the heart of government. With powerful forces ranged against him, Jake must use all his ingenuity to bring down the ruthless organization behind the attack. Failure is not an option.
A pulse-pounding action thriller from a USA Today bestselling author. Fans of David Baldacci, I Am Pilgrim and Jack Ryan will be gripped.
Nick Thacker is the USA Today Bestselling Author of action-adventure thrillers and mysteries, including the Harvey Bennett Thrillers series. Often mentioned as a cross between Clive Cussler and James Rollins, his stories are written in a fast-paced, punchy style.
He lives on a volcano in Hawaii with his wife, two kids, and two dogs.
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