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Thrills, Action, Adventure!
on 6 September 2011
One of the things I loved about this fast paced thriller, is that apart from Venice, which Richard Bard depicts so incredibly vividly in full Technicolor 3-D, I've never been to any of the other exotic places he brings so graphically to life, and yet I felt I was right there with his amazing cast of characters, with the sound and the action happening all around me. Afghanistan, Kuwait, Monaco and - where it all starts, Redondo Beach, California - and back again to romantic Venice, where it ends.
The main character, the charismatic pilot, Jake Bronson, has been diagnosed with cancer and given a few months to live. A unique and extraordinary accident during an MRI scan leaves him with the unprecedented and enviable cognitive powers that give him the ability to live out the rest of his short life able to combat the evil intentions of the arch villain - Luciano Battista, a terrorist who is aiming to - well I'm not going to tell you - you'll have to read it to find out.
Backed by his loyal team of Tony, Marshall and Lacey, Jake overcomes one nail-biting disaster after another to save the life of the woman he loves - Francesca, the beautiful psychologist working with autistic children who has succumbed to Battista's evil machinations. These characters are so finely drawn that I felt I knew them. But wait till you meet the villains - Battista and his gang of evil thugs! Bard must have drawn heavily on his innate novelist's imagination to have created such brutes.
Without this being in any way autobiographical, Bard has undoubtedly drawn on his own wide and varied experiences to bring detail and authenticity to every meticulously researched scene he writes. Much of the action could not have been written by anybody who had not gone through the drama and horror he brings to life with his concise yet flowing prose.
This is a wonderful thriller - and there's a sequel! Don't miss it.