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Wednesday 26 September 2012

Pandora's Succession by Russell Brooks


Super stuff—think Bond, James Bond. Russians, chemical warfare, egos the size of a large country, psychotic maniacs, and a CIA agent who gives as good as he gets (and then some) are just part of what makes this a great thriller.

Ridley Fox is the CIA agent—raw and vengeful after the murder of his fiancée by an outfit which has managed to get hold of a powerful and devastating microbe—who finds himself in a race to get hold of it before it gets into the hands of crazed and delusional madmen/women. No one is who they appear to be, and those most obsessed to gain possession of the deadly microbe are intent to either gain financially or powerfully—or both. The chase takes Ridley from Russia to Tokyo, where he finally meets up with a former female colleague, Nita Parris.  Despite her rancour at being stood up by him a few years previously (with very disturbing consequences), together they do their best to prevent power-crazed individuals from wiping out the human race.

Brooks is a good storyteller. This is the second book I’ve read by him—I enjoyed Chill Run very much. He sets it well, he tells it well—his action scenes translate into brilliant imagery. In fact the whole book played as a movie in my mind.  It focussed on action and the thrill in ‘thriller’, and I was glad it didn’t concentrate too much on the obviously electric attraction between Ridley and Parris.  What wasn’t said spoke volumes.

I’m certainly a fan and look forward to this author's next novel. 

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