By: David Morrell
(Hardcover / 416 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446530689 / $25.95)
Description:The secret weapon developed by the man Cavanaugh is assigned to protect is like Kryptonite to the former Delta Force officer turned security guard - it multiplies the effects of adrenaline, a hormone associated with fear, so it incapacitates instead of energizing him. A lot of people want Daniel Prescott's secret, but Cavanaugh, who's felt the drug's effects, wants his antidote.
Verdict:This is an action/suspense novel with cutting edge high-tech innovations. This genre doesn't masquerade as great literature, but stands on its own merits as excellent escape fiction. Deceptively, it seems, the hapless Daniel Prescott, a biochemist, hires Global Protective Resources to help him disappear without a trace. Global Protective is one of those ex-military, now civilian groups trained in special ops, in this case Delta Force, who have found a use for all that intensive training received at government expense. Morrell consistently rachets up the action and every move closer to Prescott is exponentially more perilous, using an unprecedented arsenal of technological advances that change the face of modern warfare. There are also instructive bits of information, such as first aid with duct tape, how to perform when outmaneuvering another driver, outfitting a deceptively plain sedan for extraordinary circumstances and the most intelligent choices in firearms. Morrell's real mastery is in the details that personalize the experience and build the tension until the spectacular climax.
Reviewed By J.B. Klein