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review 2014-11-08 01:05
Stunning
Project Lachesis - Nita DeBorde

23000904And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten [many] of the people with a great slaughter. - Samuel 6:19

(Those Christians really know all about smiting, don't they?)

It began as a dark, fast moving fog bank moving in from the south and pouring over the Galveston Island seawall. Relentlessly working its way across the world, by the time it dissipates a week later, over 90% of the world’s population is dead. Is it the wrath of god, wiping its disappointment from its eyes? The Mother, cleansing the plague of all-destroying humans from her skin? Maybe it is aliens, clearing the fields before a new crop can be planted, a crop which won’t rape and pillage the land and its creatures. Or maybe…

I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. - J. Robert Oppenheimer

Nah, that’s all right, Dr. Oppenheimer. You can rest quietly in your grave. Because you’ve got nothing on this shiny new toy. For you see, it is really quite odd, isn’t it, that only the politicians and military survived in the US. Well, and the medical personnel. Because you really do need a nurse sometimes.

“... while madness in individuals is relatively rare, it is virtually a prerequisite for a certain sort of political leader.” ― Joyce Carol Oates, The Accursed

There are of course shadows of Stephen King’s The Stand here (I own the 'Complete and Uncut edition'). As well as The Demon in The Freezer and The Hot Zone. Richard Preston did a great job with those. But while King relies on a supernatural basis for his story, and Preston uses a light hand in his works, Nita DeBorde rips off the bandages, tears off the scabs, and runs full bore into the glaring, painful light of reality. Hitler, Pol Pot, and the American government that chose to drop the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to conducting biological, chemical and radiological experiments on American citizens, is no more than dabbling a toe into the demonic waters of biological and chemical warfare compared to this small group of politicians and military personnel.

From Tuskegee to Project F, the Guatemalan Experiment, MKULTRA and Dr. Robert MacMahan’s 1969 request for funds for synthetic biological agent to which no natural immunity exists, to the 1995 confession by Dr. Garth Nicolson that biological weapons used during the Gulf War were not only manufactured in Houston and Boca Raton, but were tested on Texas Department of Corrections Prisoners (Ha! Take THAT Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan! You can’t do it, but WE CAN! Goooo America!!!) the American government has shown all the moral and ethical solidity of a three-year-old handed an Uzi and set amongst his fellow babes. But this time? The safety is off, the gun is locked and loaded, and the whole world goes down. And you know what?

They aren’t done yet.

I received Project Lachesis from the publisher in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own, including the thought that I am going to be stalking Nita’s Nook, the author’s website, hoping to be there when she needs a beta reader for her next book. This woman is AMAZING!!!!


About the Author

Nita DeBorde is a published author and professional copyeditor and translator from Houston, TX. Nita taught high school French for fifteen years before leaving education in 2014 to focus on a freelance writing career.

Connect with the Author

• Nita DeBorde's Website
• Facebook Page
• Follow @ndeborde913 on twitter

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review 2014-09-13 23:14
I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
I Am Pilgrim: A Thriller - Terry Hayes

 

Title: I am Pilgrim

Author: Terry Hayes

Published: 2012

Pages: 890

Rating: 5 Stars (more if i could)

 

"A fantastic read: a big, solid, chunky, fast paced, rip-roaring thriller, the love child of a manic union between Jack Reacher and James Bond" - Manda Scott

 

 

Goodreads Summary:

 

"Can you commit the perfect crime?

Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn't exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation.

But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone. It is a textbook murder - and Pilgrim wrote the book.

What begins as an unusual and challenging investigation will become a terrifying race-against-time to save America from oblivion. Pilgrim will have to make a journey from a public beheading in Mecca to a deserted ruins on the Turkish coast via a Nazi death camp in Alsace and the barren wilderness of the Hindu Kush in search of the faceless man who would commit an appalling act of mass murder in the name of his God."

 

This book has been just  amazing. I heard about it from my roommate, who luckily shares my taste in books. Though I had never heard about Terry Hayes or this novel I read great things about it once I decided to pick it up. It's quite the read, with my version counting just shy of 900 pages, but I have never enjoyed a book this size as much as I enjoyed I am Pilgrim. 

 

I loved how the book was paced and how I didn't get bored once while reading it. Even all the background information being fed trough the start of the novel grasped me and pulled me trough the pages at an astonishing pace. The characters were magnificently described and you really get to know them as the story progresses. The book houses some great plot twists and just keeps surprising the reader.

 

It's also scary as hell. All this could actually happen right now! Mister Hayes really knows a thing or two about suspense and sucking you into a story.

 

Just read it. That's about all I can say at this moment. I just finished it and it would have blown my socks of if I had been wearing any! I could keep on raving about how great this book is, but that wouldn't do it Justice. I definitely don't posses the best reviewing skills so I would just be Spoiling your fun. So just one last thing: Terry, Please continue writing these epic novels!

 

 

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