Saturday, April 13, 2024

FATAL DOMAIN (Travis Brock Series #2), by Steven James, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney #NewRelease

"I am thinking of denial and second chances and the cages of unforgiveness that are strewn across the landscape of my past. That place is a dominion of darkness and death and self-imposed chains. Yes, it is my choice - and also my hope - to leave that fatal domain."

Endowed with an eidetic memory, Department of Defense redactor Travis Brock remembers many things that he would rather forget. On the other hand, his skill set is a tremendous asset to a team of three whose assignment is to protect one of the military's highly guarded secrets and explains why this story opens with Travis and one of his co-patriots perched on the top of a building while monitoring the movements of a drone that was imaging the dots and dashes from a computer across a ravine. Unfortunately, Travis would have to remember those sequences in order to translate them into usable data, because . . . there may have been a five story plunge involved . . . which meant plan B.

This story twisted and turned within itself one chapter at a time. Tangles turned into tentacles which straightened into trails that stumbled back into twists. . . But there was a definite design if you stood back far enough . . . and became as sticky as a spider web if you ventured too close. The formatting was brilliant, short chapters kept the complexity from becoming suffocating, allowing multiple characters to appear and disappear from behind their self-imposed curtains.

Ultimately, the final outcome became rather murky before clearing up just long enough to satisfy justice. . . and to usher in forgiveness . . . plus, there's more to come.

Note: a few expletives uttered in context.

*I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 4.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
When the past scratches its way into the present, it can leave deep scars.

A series of cryptic clues leads Department of Defense redactor Travis Brock to suspect that a grim chapter from his past is not yet over. With the help of his eidetic memory and his newly formed team, he must unearth the truth and stop a terrorist group from stealing one of the military’s most highly guarded technological breakthroughs. With it, the group plans to commit a daring act of espionage that could upend the work of one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms and impact millions of people worldwide.

In a high-stakes story of action and intrigue that reaches from a refugee settlement in Uganda to the shores of the Potomac in Washington, DC, shattering secrets from the past will be revealed, loyalties tested, and intimate betrayals brought to light as Brock is forced to decide how to forgive what he cannot forget.

From a novelist that Publishers Weekly has called a “master storyteller” comes an intricate and taut thriller that will have you guessing until the final page.

Relevant, contemporary spy thriller
Fast-paced suspense
Issues of terrorism and espionage
The central theme is the power of forgiveness

Tyndale House Publishing, April 2024
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