Release Date : December 26, 2006
Former police detective Nicholas Marten gets an anguished call from an old flame who is wife to a recently dead U.S. Congressman. She tells him she is dying of an infection, which she believes was purposely injected. Her death immediately sends Marten off to an investigative hunt that brings him and U.S. President John Henry Harris together on a harrowing trail toward an old, secret Machiavellian brotherhood with a five-century lust for world power.
This, is a novel on adrenaline. It’s a fast ride…so pumped up that you actually won’t mind the lack of character development. No time for that, anyway. With the number of plot surprises, you’ll just want to know: “What next?”.
From the first page to the last, I felt I was running on a literary treadmill, racing through pages as though I were powered on an energy drink. The action was relentless; and I came out breathless in the end. I need to get my second wind, though, as the story will run on and on…the book is set up for a sequel.
A lot of reviews have commented that Allan Folsom could have done better and that this effort isn’t up to par with his other books. Perhaps, true, as the only special thing about it is its whirlwind pace. A pretty routine thriller, as Publishers Weekly would put it, and for others, a really tall tale. But what it lacks in plausibility, it makes up for in entertainment. Well, what’s a thriller for, anyway? Ha, ha! Oh, and I think it’ll be great on the big screen, too.
One teensy note : There was the “sniper element” that I felt was just extraneous to the plot. No matter, it does make a good thread for a follow-up.
I enjoyed my run with this zippy novel. If indeed this book is sub-par, then the author must be a very good one. This is my first Folsom book, and as it is, this novel is quite a thriller—great for those long waits at the airport.
My Mark : In between Good and Outstanding — Great!