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November 2010

Jeff Abbott - Adrenaline

"...one of the most aptly named books I have read. "

Synopsis:
Sam Capra is living the life of his dreams. A young American in London, he has a perfect flat, a perfect job with the CIA and a perfect wife, Lucy - who is seven months pregnant with their first child.

But one sunny day, it all goes up in flames. Sam receives a call from Lucy while he's at work. She tells him to leave the building immediately, which he does - just before it explodes, killing those inside. Lucy vanishes, and Sam wakes up in a prison cell.

Why did Lucy call him? Was she a loving spouse or an enemy operative? Is Sam's unborn child safe? Adrenaline coursing through his veins, Sam enters a frantic race to save his life and discover the truth about those he thought he knew so well.

Review:
Adrenaline is one of the most aptly named books I have read. There is not one page where the pace is slower than break neck speed and the action falters for a moment.

The main character, Sam, is searching for his wife and child after a bombing in his London office, leaving him as the sole survivor and all fingers point to him. As with many of these kinds of plots, Sam needs to find out what is happening and who he is up against. But that is where the similarities end. A mix of espionage, human trafficking, scientific research, spies and people who are double crossing each others for reasons yet to be identified, keep Sam, and indeed the reader on their toes trying to work out who will help him and who is out to get him.

A very cleverly written book that I consider to be his best yet. Despite being quite a long book (400 pages), not one word was wasted.

Definitely not one to be missed. I look forward to meeting Sam in Abbott's future novels in this series. He is a strong character who still has plenty of depths to be discovered.

Reviewed by: H.A.

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