Welcome to one of the stops on Russell Brooks' blog tour! For the tour, I was graciously given an e-copy of Russell's novel to read and review, which is now availabe in e-format on Amazon or any other e-book retailers.
Lieutenant Captain Ridley Fox is a CIA operative on a mission to stop potential terrorists from releasing Pandora, a microbe that can spread world-wide to eliminate human life as we know it. During his mission, as he travels from Chechnya to West Darfur to Tokyo, he experiences betrayal from those he thought he was able to trust. Nothing and nobody are what they appear to be ... Is this mission one that Fox has to finish on his own or will he be able to find those he can actually trust to help him?
When I first began the book, I thought it was going to be one of those that only guys would enjoy due to the military and weapons references. Once I got past the technicality of it all and actually paid attention to the story line, I was hooked.
The detail Russell gives to the descriptions of weapons and modes of military transportation will help detail the story in the mind of a person who is familiar with such things. But, for people like me who have no idea what a UH-60 Blackhawk or a D-W73 Cold War era Russian Air Force Officer's Dagger look like, the details tend to be a little much. However, the fight scenes were extremely realistic and that is due, in part, to the details given about the weapons.
As far as the plot is concerned, it was thrilling and intriguing. It kept you in a state of suspension from beginning to end. One thing I do, while reading a story, is to picture the book as a movie in my mind. At the end of each chapter, I pretend that is where the movie would pause for a commercial. Some stories fail to end with a cliff hanger at the end of each chapter, but not this one. I can say that at the end of each and every chapter, if a commercial were to come on at that time or if you stopped reading for the night at that spot, you couldn't wait to get back to it and see what happens next. I think this skill is one that not every author can accomplish. Russell Brooks has definitely mastered this skill.
One thing I did wish for was that it took a little longer revealing the mastermind behind it all. I would've enjoyed a little more suspense in that area of the story. Other than that, I really liked this novel. And, I'd like to say 'Thank You' to Russell for putting the Epilogue at the end. It helped to tie up some loose ends. Without it, a reader would be left wondering if a sequel was in the making.
Everyone that leaves a comment with their email address (in the body of your message) will win an autographed book cover of Pandora's Succession. After the blog tour (ends November 14th), ten commentors, from all of the blogs hosting the tour, will be drawn to win free autographed ebook copies of Pandora's Succession.