This is the 3rd book in the Matt Wells series following on from 'The Death List and 'The Soul Collector'.
I wasn't sure if i was going to like this despite loving the first 2 books because i didn't like the beginning of the story. In the first page, Matt wakes up in a cell, naked, cold and with no memory or idea of who he is. He is then tortured by his captors and made to undergo strange clockwork orangeesque experiments.
I needn't have worried because in true Paul Johnston style, the story starts to get going. Matt escapes from the institution of course, in true action hero style. Turns out he has been kidnapped by a secret militia who are conducting experiments on him and various other human guinea pigs in a secret hideaway in the forests of Maine USA, (whilst also worshipping Satan and offering human sacrifices) but why? Well, i shan't spoil that for you, read the book and find out! At the same time, a grisly murder is taking place in Washington D.C, looks like another serial killer is on the loose!
I thought this book was brillant, it has all the elements of an action thriller movie, very fast paced and extremely gruesome (that Paul Johnston must have a very warped mind to come up with this stuff) and it's also a great whodunnit, it will keep you guessing right till the very end. Matt Wells started off in the first book as an embittered crime novelist, in this he's a lean mean killing machine. Another reviewer likened him to John McLaine a'la Die Hard, well he kind of is! The reviewers who criticised this book need to lighten up, yes the story is unrealistic but it's supposed to be fun, it's not Tolstoy! if you don't like this kind of book, why did you bother to read it in the first place? It doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is. If you want to read something intelligent, go and read 'The Times'.
If you haven't read the first two novels don't despair, this can be read as a stand alone novel although I do urge you to read the others, they are that good.