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.
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Blamed for a failed op and for the assassination of his top asset, unruly CIA operative, Ridley Fox, coerces his more compliant partner, Nita Parris, to defy orders and assist him when he alone believes an attack on American soil is imminent.
Heirs of Mars
I was given a copy of this novel by the author for review. It is set in the future on Mars and although this is science fiction, there are several elements of the story that people can relate to today. The main one being the ethics of cloning. There are the humans that believe that cloning is essential for the survival of life on Mars since there are too many professionals that are dying as a result of the ongoing war with robots—who, interestingly see the clones as a threat to their existence. Then there are the humans that don’t accept the clones as individuals with equal rights.
I had a bit of difficulty keeping up in certain parts because of the number of characters, and at some points it was difficult to tell the protagonists from the villains, but it did not prevent me from enjoying this story.
A jolt of Larison!
Barry Eisler takes his anti-hero, Daniel Larison, out of the mess that made him Enemy of the State in Inside Out, also by Eisler, to a quiet coastal town in California. The character description of Larison is very well done and the story doesn't spoil anything for those that did not read, Inside Out, Fault Line, or any of the John Rain novels. For Eisler's first short story, this was very well done. In fact, maybe it's just me, but I got the feeling that it could've been a chapter that was removed from either Inside Out or an upcoming novel. But that's not a criticism, but more of a way of describing how entertaining it was to read it.
Reviewed by Russell Brooks
Author of the Spy/Thriller, Pandora's Succession