The Enigma StrainThere is no doubt that NICK THACKER is going from strength to strength, both as a writer and as a story teller. This story involves an attempt to nudge the Yellowstone Caldera towards erupting, at the same time ensuring that the nearby supply of nasty synthetic virus gets well distributed around the world along with the sun-blocking dust cloud.

It is not that overkill that bothered me as much as the motives of the perpetrators and the motives of the manipulators pulling their strings.

The trouble with giving away a free copy of the first in the series when you are on #3 or #4 is that readers are faced with all the errors the author has by now grown out of or improved on, so #1 is not always the best introduction.

Still, it is an entertaining read and there was never any desire to put it down. There are two main characters. Yellowstone Park Ranger Harvey “Ben” Bennett, a prickly solitary man who gets drawn out of his shell by the effervescent scientist Julie Richardson from the Centre for Disease Control. Their interaction as polar opposites is a big part of the human-interest story, but sometimes a bit unnecessarily frustrating.

Nick Thacker

Nick Thacker

The POV flip-flops sometimes, even in the same paragraph; a big writer’s no-no, and with some other glaring errors, it detracts from the essential readability. A good editor would smooth out the bumps.

This eBook was a freebie promo copy and this honest review is given in thanks for that, and in encouragement to NICK THACKER. May his reader list grow; he deserves it.

About peterjearle

Writer of thriller novels. 6 Published: 'Purgatory Road', 'The Barros Pawns', and the Detective Dice Modise Series:'Hunter's Venom - #1' 'Medicinal Purposes Only - #2', and 'Children Apart - #3; and 'Tribes of Hillbrow'; all from Southern Africa.
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