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)