ABOUT THE BOOK
Terror has a new sound . . . and it comes from the darkest corners of James Patterson’s imagination.
A gigantic explosion rips through a town in the shadow of Oregon’s Mt Hood. The community is almost annihilated. The only survivors are young sisters Sophie and Tennant Riggin. How they lived is a mystery.
But it’s a mystery that a team of elite government investigators is bent on solving. Sent to research the fallout and the girls – why did only they survive? – they secretly hold conflicting objectives. For Dr Martha Chan, a psychologist who analyses large-scale medical emergencies: study them. For Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Fraser, a career military leader with an inherent mistrust of civilians: contain them.
But as the phenomenon threatens to ripple across the Pacific Northwest, it also threatens to topple the chain of command. Dr Chan and Lieutenant Colonel Fraser are caught between the perpetrators of the threat – and those who have the power to survive it.
It had to start somewhere, like all disasters, and it will take everyone it can. Sixteen-year-old Tennant, and her eight-year-old sister Sophie, have only ever known the commune where they were born. They are off-grid, not registered with any government services and independent on the land where they live, with their parents and extended family.
The girls are out hunting rabbits when they hear an ever-increasing noise that is approaching. Their dad scoops them up and puts them down a shelter in the ground. After the horrific noise passes, Tennant is somewhat damaged but, her sister is traumatised and changed. When they emerge, everyone in their community is either missing or dead except their dog Zeke. A specialist team from the government are deployed to determine what has just happened and look for survivors.
It is one hell of an edgy read because I hadn’t a clue if it had been a natural disaster, an invasion, man-made or an attack from an alien force. What I did know was it wasn’t going to go away very soon. Patterson and Barker meld together for a seamless pairing of two very different authors, and it works superbly. The characters are crisp and distinctive, with the intrigue sizzling. The characters have an uneasiness about them with an urgency to stop this destructive force while trying not to think of their own families and what could be happening to them.
It is scary how much our lives are in others hands, as decisions are made with no compassion. I like a book that gets to me, and this did just that. I hope that this pairing of authors will continue into the future.
I wish to thank the publisher for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. The creator of Alex Cross, he has produced more enduring fictional heroes than any other novelist alive. He lives in Florida with his family.
J. D. Barker is the international bestselling author of numerous books, including Dracul and The Fourth Monkey. His novels have been translated into two dozen languages and optioned for both film and television. Barker resides in coastal New Hampshire with his wife, Dayna, and their daughter, Ember. –This text refers to the paperback edition.