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Russell Brooks is a former Indiana Hoosier Track Champion and Canadian Track Team member in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, and the 4x100 meter relay. He has written several essays on his blog, The Big Picture, one of which was published in the online Op-Ed section of the National Post in early 2009. His debut novel, Pandora's Succession, has received rave reviews from book reviewers, espionage and from thriller fans. Unsavory Delicacies and the recently released thriller, Chill Run, have also been well received by thriller and mystery fans. Russell currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.
You can learn more about Russell Brooks at www.russellparkway.com.
on Sep. 03, 2015 :
Having to save the world by himself, widely fox can't trust anyone but himself to get the job done. Pandora is a deadly biological weapon, that could end the world. No stop action on every page of this book.
(reviewed long after purchase)
Hidden Clearing Books, LLC
on Oct. 02, 2011 :
An action-packed tour de force. Author Russell Brooks takes the reader on a fantastic ride, starring Ridely Fox, a CIA operative who is the best at what he does. And what he does best is kill people — even people he tries to protect. Fox is haunted by the death of his fiancé at the hands of The Arms of Ares, a weapons syndicate, and will stop at nothing to deal her killers justice.
The Arms of Ares has developed a flesh-eating microbe into a biological weapon called Pandora. Fox accepts the case, partially because he’s the best qualified for the job and partially to exact revenge on his fiancé’s killers. Following an informant’s tip, Fox travels to Chechnya to stop Ares, and is captured — this is where the story begins.
And what a story Brooks lays down. There are twists and betrayals galore as Fox and his team travel around the world, from Chechnya to Africa to Japan, tracking down Pandora. Pandora, being the deadly biological weapon it is, is coveted not just by the CIA and Ares; other organizations enter the story as Pandora gets passed around like a hot potato.
This title has everything: gun fights, explosions, double-crossing, and a bit of romance between Fox and another agent from his past. Between all the action there isn’t any time for a love scene, though the two share a few tender moments together. There could have been more suspense; at times I felt the author gave too much information about the antagonists’ intentions. Other than that, Brooks provides a great story with well-developed characters. A truck load of action and a few surprises makes this book difficult to put down.
(reviewed the day of purchase)