Top positive review
A superlative thriller
15 May 2017
This book was available on Kindle for free and so I bought it in May 2015 itself and since then it had been languishing in my Kindle as I kept reading other books. I was neither aware of the author nor of the intricate plots that he can conjure to keep the reader totally spellbound. And now finally after practically two years I feel foolish to have ignored this superb book for so long.
The setting for this dramatic tale of terrorism, kidnapping and eventual rescue of two of the kidnapped is not set in either Europe, the Americas or even Asia; but is rather dramatically set in Africa where American movie actress Scarlett Cox and her husband international hotel tycoon Salvador Brazza have gone to spend time together in the wilderness so that they are able to save their marriage. But even here they are pursued by an assassin who almost succeeds in his mission to eliminate Brazza. And when Cox and Brazza have all their belongings stolen they are left with no choice but to head for the nearest US Embassy. And there they end up being victims of a terror plot which creates mayhem at the embassy and the terrorists manage to kidnap the hapless couple along with a couple of embassy staff.
It is in this setting that the bulk of the book takes the reader on a roller coaster ride. Even as they are kidnapped the assassin remains on his pursuit of Brazza. And ultimately in a rather ghastly denouement it is the assassin who ends up saving the life of Scarlett Cox and and Thunder; a well meaning Australian good samaritan who becomes an unintended victim of the kidnapping.
The characters are all well developed and excellently fleshed out by the author and even though some of the violent depictions (specially towards the final denouement) are ghastly it does not take away the overall effect of keeping the reader hooked.