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An FBI agent fights to stop a conspiracy to unleash a deadly virus on the world in this propulsive, exhilarating new thriller The discovery of a deadly virus being smuggled across the border pits FBI Special Agent James Mason and his strike force against an unknown adversary hell-bent on humanity’s destruction. In a desperate effort to contain the pathogen, they launch a p An FBI agent fights to stop a conspiracy to unleash a deadly virus on the world in this propulsive, exhilarating new thriller The discovery of a deadly virus being smuggled across the border pits FBI Special Agent James Mason and his strike force against an unknown adversary hell-bent on humanity’s destruction. In a desperate effort to contain the pathogen, they launch a predawn raid, only to find that their enemy knows they’re coming…and it’s not about to be taken alive. An explosion rips through the building, killing the majority of Mason’s team, including his partner and mentor. Tormented by guilt, Mason returns to his home division, but he can’t seem to let go of the tragedy. He remembers seeing something inside the building before it went up in flames, something that convinces him that not only is the virus still out there, it’s merely the first stage of an even more nefarious plan. Obsessed with unraveling the plot, he launches his own investigation and uncovers a shadow organization on the brink of enacting its genocidal agenda, one carried out by a sinister mass murderer who’s been photographed at the epicenter of seemingly every historical pandemic…without appearing to age. An evil man who attempts to derail Mason’s investigation by murdering his wife. With the help of his longtime friends—Gunnar Backstrom, a corporate espionage gun-for-hire, and Ramses Donovan, a sin merchant of questionable morality—Mason’s hunt for his wife’s killer leads him from a dark union at the dawn of the twentieth century to a network of Nazi collaborators and a conspiracy against mankind more than a hundred years in the making. Fueled by anger and driven by the promise of vengeance, he must overcome a monster preparing to unleash his virulent wrath upon an unsuspecting world if he’s to have any hope of exposing a deep-state entity that’s rooted in every facet of our society, an entity known only as…The Thirteen.


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An FBI agent fights to stop a conspiracy to unleash a deadly virus on the world in this propulsive, exhilarating new thriller The discovery of a deadly virus being smuggled across the border pits FBI Special Agent James Mason and his strike force against an unknown adversary hell-bent on humanity’s destruction. In a desperate effort to contain the pathogen, they launch a p An FBI agent fights to stop a conspiracy to unleash a deadly virus on the world in this propulsive, exhilarating new thriller The discovery of a deadly virus being smuggled across the border pits FBI Special Agent James Mason and his strike force against an unknown adversary hell-bent on humanity’s destruction. In a desperate effort to contain the pathogen, they launch a predawn raid, only to find that their enemy knows they’re coming…and it’s not about to be taken alive. An explosion rips through the building, killing the majority of Mason’s team, including his partner and mentor. Tormented by guilt, Mason returns to his home division, but he can’t seem to let go of the tragedy. He remembers seeing something inside the building before it went up in flames, something that convinces him that not only is the virus still out there, it’s merely the first stage of an even more nefarious plan. Obsessed with unraveling the plot, he launches his own investigation and uncovers a shadow organization on the brink of enacting its genocidal agenda, one carried out by a sinister mass murderer who’s been photographed at the epicenter of seemingly every historical pandemic…without appearing to age. An evil man who attempts to derail Mason’s investigation by murdering his wife. With the help of his longtime friends—Gunnar Backstrom, a corporate espionage gun-for-hire, and Ramses Donovan, a sin merchant of questionable morality—Mason’s hunt for his wife’s killer leads him from a dark union at the dawn of the twentieth century to a network of Nazi collaborators and a conspiracy against mankind more than a hundred years in the making. Fueled by anger and driven by the promise of vengeance, he must overcome a monster preparing to unleash his virulent wrath upon an unsuspecting world if he’s to have any hope of exposing a deep-state entity that’s rooted in every facet of our society, an entity known only as…The Thirteen.

30 review for The Extinction Agenda

  1. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Good concept. Overall the book would have been better if it were more concise. There were so many sub plots and conspiracy theories I was never sure exactly what mystery needed solving in order to save the world. I enjoyed all the characters - their interactions had a Mission Impossible “team” vibe. If there is a continuation, I would give the next book a shot. *Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    4.5 stars. THE EXTINCTION AGENDA (The Extinction Agenda #1), by Michael Laurence is a thriller novel that blends in psychological horror, medical and chemical warfare, crimes--both against humanity and personal--along with police procedural. In short, it's a book that touches upon so many sub-genres that there's something for virtually everyone here. "They say the meek shall inherit the earth, but he was convinced it would be the flies." My personal favorite was the dash of dark humor. We begin 4.5 stars. THE EXTINCTION AGENDA (The Extinction Agenda #1), by Michael Laurence is a thriller novel that blends in psychological horror, medical and chemical warfare, crimes--both against humanity and personal--along with police procedural. In short, it's a book that touches upon so many sub-genres that there's something for virtually everyone here. "They say the meek shall inherit the earth, but he was convinced it would be the flies." My personal favorite was the dash of dark humor. We begin with an FBI Investigation that touches upon some gruesome, covert operations. Special Agent James Mason manages to survive that encounter, but it is one that will continue to haunt him. When we pick up his life a year later, several different sub-plots are brought up. However, there's enough of a thin thread weaving throughout them for the reader (and James) to realize that there will be an awful lot of unraveling to do. ". . . Paranoia is highly underrated. It's an attribute you generally only hear people ascribe to the living." The action takes place between several different locations, and the main plot had enough graphic details to satisfy even horror fans. Laurence does his research to such a degree that the "incidents" in the book feel all too terrifyingly possible. I was able to completely immerse myself in the events, and follow along with the plot (and sub plots) that allowed me to completely suspend any disbelief. ". . . The key is to find the proper leverage to bend any situation to your will . . . " I enjoyed this mix-up of characters. Their individual personalities not only matched their "personal profiles" but they were able to offset each other and compliment the other characters' strengths. I was particularly drawn to Mason, as the events he'd been through showed him as "flawed", and vulnerable at times--the sort of person you could honestly relate to. ". . . the right choice wasn't always the easy one . . . it was often a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils." While THE EXTINCTION AGENDA is the first in a series, I felt that the "conclusion" to this book was solid. Yes, there is enough to leave you anticipating the next book, but the events that I needed "closure" to were appropriately addressed. As a standalone, this novel certainly exists upon it's own merits. ". . . Sometimes people have to die so that others can live. Overall, a strong novel that introduces us to some dynamic characters, and deadly threats all too real in today's society. Recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    FBI Special Agent James Mason and his team discover a conspiracy to inflict a deadly virus on humanity. They launch a night raid to prevent release of the pathogen, but the group behind the cosnpiracy knows they are coming. The building explodes, killing most of the strike force. Mason realizes the plot is much worse than first thought and at the center is an evil that has caused pandemics in the past. And Mason is determined to stop the killing...once and for all. This story has a real Mission FBI Special Agent James Mason and his team discover a conspiracy to inflict a deadly virus on humanity. They launch a night raid to prevent release of the pathogen, but the group behind the cosnpiracy knows they are coming. The building explodes, killing most of the strike force. Mason realizes the plot is much worse than first thought and at the center is an evil that has caused pandemics in the past. And Mason is determined to stop the killing...once and for all. This story has a real Mission Impossible vibe to it. I liked the characters, action, and vivid detail. The author definitely did a lot of research and mixes many, many facts into this fictional story. I like his writing style, although at times the story did get bogged down in a lot of extra details. It didn't harm my enjoyment of the story -- I got sucked into the action and couldn't stop reading. There is definitely a lot of suspense, gruesome details and action sequences. I could see this book being made into a movie. I would definitely watch it! Enjoyable story! I will definitely read more by this author! **I voluntarily read a review copy of this book from St. Martin's Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Detailed detail! If you like a full on adventure book absolutely brimming with facts, figures, history, political reference, bloodline explanation,weaponry evaluation, synopsis of past world events and speculation as to heat really happened all mixed in with a lead guy whose mission it is to save the planet from a powerful organisation, (so powerful they are unknown to mere mortals) who want to stop and decimate world population by unleashing a terrible virus...then this is a book for you, if no Detailed detail! If you like a full on adventure book absolutely brimming with facts, figures, history, political reference, bloodline explanation,weaponry evaluation, synopsis of past world events and speculation as to heat really happened all mixed in with a lead guy whose mission it is to save the planet from a powerful organisation, (so powerful they are unknown to mere mortals) who want to stop and decimate world population by unleashing a terrible virus...then this is a book for you, if not then it really isent as this book does the above well and is singular in its delivery of producing what it set out to do The author must be praised for his in depth research which is mind blowing however doesn’t suit a quick chapter read here and there Taking of chapters its very similar to ‘24’ where each ends on a ‘cliffhanger’ immediately then carried on in the next, worked well The characters are almost superfluous to the story tbh but where they do come into play they are easyish to connect to and there is some humour in dialogue between them Some of the descriptions are horrific, not in writing style which remains excellent throughout, but in what the virus does to the poor folk affected This is Book 1 ( I am presuming ) in a series and will definitely read follow on books Would make a great film As with all books/tv like this you have to give some licence in how the hero survives etc Not for all I am sure but for the sheer detail and adventure am giving it 9/10 5 Stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    **DNF** At 46%, I am throwing in the towel. Life is too short and I believe I've given the book a fair chance and enough of my time. An arc of this thriller was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in the hopes of receiving an honest review. I believe it will make a great action movie. As my daughter says, "Who goes to see an action movie and worries about the plot?"

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    Seldom does a book affect me as “The Extinction Agenda” did. There are so many things wrong with it that it is hard to find a starting point. The plot, a common theme nowadays, centers around a megalomaniac who is determined to start a new world order, creating panic by killing people with viruses. There’s no one to stop this man but Mason, an FBI agent who has been forced to surrender his badge. Regardless, Ex-Agent Mason assembles his own crew to battle an organization with so many tentacles in Seldom does a book affect me as “The Extinction Agenda” did. There are so many things wrong with it that it is hard to find a starting point. The plot, a common theme nowadays, centers around a megalomaniac who is determined to start a new world order, creating panic by killing people with viruses. There’s no one to stop this man but Mason, an FBI agent who has been forced to surrender his badge. Regardless, Ex-Agent Mason assembles his own crew to battle an organization with so many tentacles into the business and political (and security) worlds that only a super-spy would be able to successfully combat this evil. TV and movie versions of Napoleon Solo and James Bond would be proud. By the end of the book, Mason and his partners perform one incredible feat after another. My favorite was when our hero was in a dark room and shot two guns in different directions at the same time, killing both his assailants. There is not a system in the entire world his buddy, Gunnar, can’t hack into and exploit. Ramses and Alejandra both surprise and demonstrate extraordinary skills, mostly when it is necessary to fit the elaborate plot. The writing style kept pace with the storyline. At some point, someone must have advised the author that short sentences – most times devoid of a subject, others both a subject and a verb – would increase the tension. It did, because I was gritting my teeth every other page by the end of the book. One example said the same thing three times: “The trees wavered in and out of the storm. There and gone again. There. Gone.” In an action scene, “…the Steyr slid across the floor toward them. To his right. Her left. He dove for it. So did she.” If these examples only happened a few times, they could be overlooked. Unfortunately, most of the time the reader is subjected to this writing style several times a chapter. I could go on, describing the one-dimensional characters, the absurdity of the “surprises” and “twists” that only made me groan, and the gun descriptions that read like they came out of a sales page on the Internet. The author obviously strove to write an action-based thriller, but too many elements are over-the-top, resulting in a book that many will find wanting. I recommend for readers to pass on this one. Two stars. My thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a complimentary ebook of this title.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    My review of THE EXTINCTION AGENDA can be found at High Fever Books. After discovering the disease-ridden corpses of a spate of illegal immigrants, FBI Special Agent James Mason find himself chasing down an unrepentantly evil adversary hellbent on the extermination of billions of human beings. Over the course of his investigation, Mason uncovers an elaborate generations-long conspiracy that has wound through history for more than a hundred years and is responsible for some of the world’s deadlies My review of THE EXTINCTION AGENDA can be found at High Fever Books. After discovering the disease-ridden corpses of a spate of illegal immigrants, FBI Special Agent James Mason find himself chasing down an unrepentantly evil adversary hellbent on the extermination of billions of human beings. Over the course of his investigation, Mason uncovers an elaborate generations-long conspiracy that has wound through history for more than a hundred years and is responsible for some of the world’s deadliest outbreaks. On the run and unsure of who he can trust, Mason vows to destroy the secret organization responsible for the deaths of so many before they can annihilate mankind. Although The Extinction Agenda sounds like a blistering thriller in the mold of James Rollins or Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger books, Michael Laurence takes an unexpected and much welcomed approach by casting his paranoid, conspiracy-driven plot as an investigative procedural. Think The X-Files by way of Michael Connelly. It’s a nifty change of pace, but I suspect some readers will find it an unforgivable bit of bait-and-switch. However, I found it to be a refreshing switch from the usual, tried-and-true run-and-gun, non-stop action formula thrillers of this type tend to go for. Instead, The Extinction Agenda relies more on intelligently twisted machinations and a smart conspiracy that slowly unravels over the evolution of Mason’s investigation. While it’s intelligently crafted and Laurence knows how to build up a wonderful amount of suspense and paranoia, The Extinction Agenda also relies on some notable mystery-thriller cliches. Mason grows into the beleaguered and tortured protagonist that’s oh so common to the genre, leading him to go rogue from the Bureau and defy his superior’s commands, right down to the well-worn trope of getting suspended and turning in his badge and gun. It’s the sort of scene we’ve seen in a thousand cop movies and have read in just as many cop books. Laurence then props Mason up with a few conveniences, like his best boarding school buds who have just so happened to rise to the top of their respective fields and can provide him with all the necessary intel and weaponry he needs to get the job done. While Gunnar and Ramses make for interesting allies, they also make for some easy contrivances to get the disgraced FBI agent access to all the things he’s lost alongside his badge and status. And speaking of status, Mason just so happens to come from moneyed elite — his wife’s family is Big Money in the agricultural business and his father is a potential presidential candidate on the rise. Mason and his ad hoc team all enjoy certain levels of wealth and privilege and, frankly, given today’s political climate it’s a bit difficult for me to get all that invested in a ‘rich white guy fights to save the world’ shtick. To his credit, Laurence does try to make Mason the underdog and at times it even works thanks to the breadth and depth of the New World Order conspiracy he finds himself embroiled in. The Extinction Agenda works best when we’re learning about the various levels of corruption and evil driving global events behind the scenes and what Mason’s current investigation means for the fate of the world. A good conspiracy is elaborate and complex, operates entirely in the shadows unseen by the world at large, oftentimes with evil intent or perhaps even apocalyptic repercussions, and is chillingly plausible. Well good lord, does Laurence ever deliver on all this in spades! The wider machinations surrounding this procedural bio-thriller are scarily possible and enough to make you paranoid if you’re not already. It’s also a pretty timely thriller given its focus on kidnapping and using illegal Mexican immigrants as a source of human experimentation for science run amok. As foreign children die in American concentration camps run by private for-profit groups that have donated large amounts of money to the current administration or are cycled through state-sponsored kidnapping via government-contracted foster care services linked to members of the current administration, it’s hard to look at Laurence’s connecting of dots and not find some measure of awful plausibility in the overarching conspiracy he presents. It may be improbable, but that certainly doesn’t make it impossible, particularly in light of the current state of the world. Ultimately, The Extinction Agenda is a rich conspiracy thriller, and although it has its fair share of action throughout its 400 pages, it largely relies more on brains than brawn to win the day.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Judy Lesley

    FBI Special Agent James Mason barely survives a raid to capture the group helping to smuggle illegal aliens across the US border. Mason's recovery is slow going from the psychological aspect and this has an impact on his marriage as well as his job. Being one who seems to leap first and figure out a plan later Mason has gotten on the bad side of his FBI boss and has to surrender his badge and weapon for some forced time away from the case. Instead of slowing down Mason enlists the help of two of FBI Special Agent James Mason barely survives a raid to capture the group helping to smuggle illegal aliens across the US border. Mason's recovery is slow going from the psychological aspect and this has an impact on his marriage as well as his job. Being one who seems to leap first and figure out a plan later Mason has gotten on the bad side of his FBI boss and has to surrender his badge and weapon for some forced time away from the case. Instead of slowing down Mason enlists the help of two of his friends to figure out what kind of bio-terrorism is facing the United States and probably the rest of the world. This debut novel from Michael Laurence certainly doesn't read like a first attempt at writing a book. This one is polished from page one and grips the reader so tightly there is no getting away. There are a lot of characters introduced but don't become attached to any of them because they won't all be left standing by the time a resolution is reached. This is fast action on steroids and if you want your thriller novels to proceed a little slower you are flat out of luck. Bio-terrorism is the form of destruction I think would be most successful so this story made me uneasy. I was even more uneasy reading the portions of the story dealing with the degrading corpses and there are a lot of those situations. Make sure you are ready for some intensely gruesome descriptions in this novel. A well written story, but those scenes with the bodies will stay with me longer than I would like. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an e-Galley of this novel.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    Unconventional heroes, a terrifying discovery and the clock ticking down on humanity, one FBI agent will use his hunger for vengeance to attempt to thwart a deadly conspiracy to bring the world to its knees through genocide. THE EXTINCTION AGENDA by Michael Laurence is an over-the-top thriller that propels readers into a world where sometimes, when you don’t know who to trust, you can only turn to your friends, no matter how questionable their moral compass might be. There is no lack of action, n Unconventional heroes, a terrifying discovery and the clock ticking down on humanity, one FBI agent will use his hunger for vengeance to attempt to thwart a deadly conspiracy to bring the world to its knees through genocide. THE EXTINCTION AGENDA by Michael Laurence is an over-the-top thriller that propels readers into a world where sometimes, when you don’t know who to trust, you can only turn to your friends, no matter how questionable their moral compass might be. There is no lack of action, no end to the seemingly unbelievable scenarios and no limits to the secrets that hide deep in the shadows. Let go of reality, hang on tight and enjoy a ride that is filled with moments of dread, dark humor and proof that when all appropriate channels have been blocked, the impossible becomes the only way to win. Perfect reading for thrill seekers looking for a hero to save the day, no holds barred. I received a complimentary copy from St. Martin's Press! This is my honest and voluntary review. Series: The Extinction Agenda - Book 1 Publisher: St. Martin's Press (September 3, 2019) Publication Date: September 3, 2019 Genre: Medical Thriller Print Length: 377 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  10. 5 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    I'm only about 50 pages from the end and I just don't want to read this anymore. It's been sitting on the counter, staring at me, reminding me that I'm almost done. But I just can't do it. This starts out kind of James Rollins-esque. Only our little group of heroes is missing charm, charisma, and that teamwork. Our evil plan isn't too bad for the most part, but the author starts to make it way too complex. Twists are fine, but layer over layer over layer of conspiracy gets to be too much. There's I'm only about 50 pages from the end and I just don't want to read this anymore. It's been sitting on the counter, staring at me, reminding me that I'm almost done. But I just can't do it. This starts out kind of James Rollins-esque. Only our little group of heroes is missing charm, charisma, and that teamwork. Our evil plan isn't too bad for the most part, but the author starts to make it way too complex. Twists are fine, but layer over layer over layer of conspiracy gets to be too much. There's also a character who is...um master of evil juju or something? At 50 pages to the end, I'm still not sure and I don't really care. The author loves to explain. Paragraphs and paragraphs of exposition. I would start out okay, but eventually my eyes would glaze over and I'd find myself skimming until something was finally happening. So, not for me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kelsie Maxwell

    I was floored by The Extinction Agenda by Michael Laurence, which is book one in his series of the same name. This is a thriller of the first order. FBI Special Agent James Mason is sent to the to a scene of obvious carnage with lots of dead birds and evidence of humans but no bodies. Mason and his unit follow the clues to another scene that turns out to be a trap that ends in the death of over a dozen agents including Mason’s partner and mentor, Spencer Kane. One of the men Mason encounters at I was floored by The Extinction Agenda by Michael Laurence, which is book one in his series of the same name. This is a thriller of the first order. FBI Special Agent James Mason is sent to the to a scene of obvious carnage with lots of dead birds and evidence of humans but no bodies. Mason and his unit follow the clues to another scene that turns out to be a trap that ends in the death of over a dozen agents including Mason’s partner and mentor, Spencer Kane. One of the men Mason encounters at this scene later kills Mason’s wife, Angie, an IRS agent. Agent Mason vows to find and kill the man he holds responsible for the deaths of his wife and partner. To this end he joins forces with his friends Ramses Donovan and Gunnar Backstrom to battle a coalition that has been in existence for over a hundred years and is bent on world domination through genocide using a deadly viral agent. Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. —Ronald Reagan, address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (1961) Michael Laurence is a master literary mind. His characterization is amazing. His use of scenery is masterful. The desert, burned buildings and bodies are so vividly described, I could taste the ash and soot and smell the burned flesh. The plot is literally breathtaking. I thought I knew what was going to happen, but I didn’t have a clue. The Extinction Agenda is a definite 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller. There is some violence and gore that may be inappropriate for sensitive readers. My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary |

    There's lot of action. A huge conspiracy to uncover. The main character loses so much that one can't blame him for going slightly off his rocker to uncover it all. I would have done the same thing. People die left and right. A horrible virus getting ready to be spread. It has everything a girl could want in a book. I gave it 157 pages before I gave up. I trudged on that long because I've enjoyed the author's books under a different name, and because The Extinction Agenda is well-written. It just There's lot of action. A huge conspiracy to uncover. The main character loses so much that one can't blame him for going slightly off his rocker to uncover it all. I would have done the same thing. People die left and right. A horrible virus getting ready to be spread. It has everything a girl could want in a book. I gave it 157 pages before I gave up. I trudged on that long because I've enjoyed the author's books under a different name, and because The Extinction Agenda is well-written. It just left me completely cold. I honestly don't know why. I didn't care for any of the characters. The protagonist felt like just sort of a blank slate 'insert every day hero' type guy with nothing to make him pop. The action scenes did nothing for me. I tried three separate times. Finally throwing in the towel. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review consideration.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    I received this novel thru a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank the author and the publishing company for their generosity. This book is about a government agent, Mason, that stumbles on a plot to smuggle a deadly virus into the United States. He intends to stop this from ever happening. This book should have been better than it was. This is one of the cases where the outline of the book is better than the actual book. The outline would have started out with I received this novel thru a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank the author and the publishing company for their generosity. This book is about a government agent, Mason, that stumbles on a plot to smuggle a deadly virus into the United States. He intends to stop this from ever happening. This book should have been better than it was. This is one of the cases where the outline of the book is better than the actual book. The outline would have started out with a deadly virus that could wipe out the population and consider me interested. Then add a government agent who goes rogue because of revenge. I am more than interested. Add over the top action scenes and this should have been an exciting thriller. Why not a higher rating? The execution of that outline and that problem was twofold. The first issue was the main character Mason. He is rather bland and did not stand out. I thought his two best friends were more compelling and I kept wishing we would get back to their scenes. The second problem was the conspiracy. The author used a lot of explanation to make the conspiracy seem legit and I found myself glossing over it most of the time. There is a story here and I was definitely interested in where the author was going with it. Plenty of action scenes too for the action enthusiast. I believe with a little more polish and a tighter narrative this could be an exciting series. It is open for a sequel and I would pick it up to see if the author can accomplish it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Maranda

    Laurence sets the Extinction Agenda to a deadly virus! Who is behind it and how far up the political ladder does it climb to achieve the ---- MONEY of course? First pages of this work were full of an alphabet soup of listed organizations that were not tasty at all to me. Main FBI Agent Mason's character does meet up with some good (or bad sometimes) A-team members Gunnar and Rames. These two add much to the action of this thriller. This might play out better on the screen where the impossible ha Laurence sets the Extinction Agenda to a deadly virus! Who is behind it and how far up the political ladder does it climb to achieve the ---- MONEY of course? First pages of this work were full of an alphabet soup of listed organizations that were not tasty at all to me. Main FBI Agent Mason's character does meet up with some good (or bad sometimes) A-team members Gunnar and Rames. These two add much to the action of this thriller. This might play out better on the screen where the impossible happens and the bullets fly just missing the mark. "A copy of this book was provided by St. Martin's Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." Do Not Think I will be in on the NEXT AGENDA; this was just not for me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jay Williams

    This is the most intense thriller I have read recently. It is extremely realistic, and it illuminates the exact state of affairs in America. Much of the story concerns a beleaguered FBI agent who is involved in a shootout where his partner is killed. He feels guilty about his partner's death, and that colors his entire life. His nemesis is a seemingly ageless Nazi with piercing blue eyes. A very diverse and unique group joins him to fight to save the world from a doomsday disease. Few of the cha This is the most intense thriller I have read recently. It is extremely realistic, and it illuminates the exact state of affairs in America. Much of the story concerns a beleaguered FBI agent who is involved in a shootout where his partner is killed. He feels guilty about his partner's death, and that colors his entire life. His nemesis is a seemingly ageless Nazi with piercing blue eyes. A very diverse and unique group joins him to fight to save the world from a doomsday disease. Few of the characters are what they seem to be, and the tables keep turning as high tech weaponry and corruption in high places make it seem that the good guys cannot win. I definitely recommend reading this book for a thrilling and thought-provoking adventure.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Casey Wheeler

    This book overall is okay, but not a can't put down book. The plotline of the book is close to being believeable, although still a bit of a stretch. The main character is what makes this book less than it could have been. A number of the situations that he gets into require more of the super hero qualities than you normal human hero. A number of reviewers rated this book much higher so I will not recommend it, but be forewarned that it takes a major stretch of the imagination to make it believea This book overall is okay, but not a can't put down book. The plotline of the book is close to being believeable, although still a bit of a stretch. The main character is what makes this book less than it could have been. A number of the situations that he gets into require more of the super hero qualities than you normal human hero. A number of reviewers rated this book much higher so I will not recommend it, but be forewarned that it takes a major stretch of the imagination to make it believeable. I received a free Kindle ARC courtesy of Net Galley and the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would provide an honest review and post it on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my review blog. I also posted it to my Facebook page.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    4 stars This is an interesting bio-technical thriller. Another reviewer mentioned that this book reminded them of a James Rollins novel. I had that thought, too. While a little heavy on the conspiracy angle for me, it was still a good read – if a little slow in places. We've got illegal aliens, Neo-Nazis, traitorous people and tortured good guys. The bio-technical stuff is well researched and thought out. Kudos for that Mr. Laurence. This is a well written saga, and I wouldn't mind taking a look a 4 stars This is an interesting bio-technical thriller. Another reviewer mentioned that this book reminded them of a James Rollins novel. I had that thought, too. While a little heavy on the conspiracy angle for me, it was still a good read – if a little slow in places. We've got illegal aliens, Neo-Nazis, traitorous people and tortured good guys. The bio-technical stuff is well researched and thought out. Kudos for that Mr. Laurence. This is a well written saga, and I wouldn't mind taking a look at the next in the series. I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for forwarding to me a copy of this book for me to read, enjoy and review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jypsy

    Thank you NetGalley and St. Martins for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟.5 The Extinction Agenda is one of those books that I kind of liked, but I kind of didn't like, too. What I liked: The premise of this story is relevant and plausible. Bioterrorism is a very real threat. It's unfortunate but true. The main character, Mason, is both heartbreaking and brave, which makes him realistic to me. I felt sympathy for Mason as he carries on in the wake of tragic events Thank you NetGalley and St. Martins for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own. *REVIEW* 🌟🌟🌟.5 The Extinction Agenda is one of those books that I kind of liked, but I kind of didn't like, too. What I liked: The premise of this story is relevant and plausible. Bioterrorism is a very real threat. It's unfortunate but true. The main character, Mason, is both heartbreaking and brave, which makes him realistic to me. I felt sympathy for Mason as he carries on in the wake of tragic events in his life. The anger and trauma he feels serve to further motivate him to find answers. It's well written and obviously well researched. The story is informative and thought provoking about an important topic. What I did not like: While I appreciate and respect the author's knowledge about the topics presented, I got lost and bored trying to read through all of this information. Explanations and descriptions were too detailed and overdone for my taste. The pacing was slow because of this as well. I like more action and drama with this type of book. There are also some seriously gruesome descriptions of viral effects, etc. that I could have done without completely. I'm too squeamish for that. It's simply a matter of personal preference. While I got bogged down in the information, this style is perfect for so many other readers. Overall, I'm on the fence about this book. If you want something detail oriented and aren't squeamish, I definitely recommend. Regardless, The Extinction Agenda is a sort of wake up call about a legitimate threat to society. I'm glad to see a story address something truly important.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ransom

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. With a fast and furious pace and an secret evil empire that reminded me of James Bond and SPECTRE, it was hard to put this book down. A few elements stretched the limits of belief or were unnecessarily complicated and overly descriptive, but it was an exhilarating read nonetheless. The author seems to borrow plot devices from other published work (V for Vendetta for example), but definitely adds his own unique flare to it all. It will certainly be interest I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. With a fast and furious pace and an secret evil empire that reminded me of James Bond and SPECTRE, it was hard to put this book down. A few elements stretched the limits of belief or were unnecessarily complicated and overly descriptive, but it was an exhilarating read nonetheless. The author seems to borrow plot devices from other published work (V for Vendetta for example), but definitely adds his own unique flare to it all. It will certainly be interesting to see how Laurence develops his story and characters with the sequels he hints at. I'd be willing to give his next book a read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Henderson-Farr

    Thank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a whirlwind action packed book with a fast paced timeline full of surprises! FBI agent James Mason makes it his life's mission to capture the group responsible for trying to decimate the world's population with a deadly virus; especially after losing a close friend and his wife. The storyline wasn't quite what I was expecting as the plot is more about a secret society trying to Thank you to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is a whirlwind action packed book with a fast paced timeline full of surprises! FBI agent James Mason makes it his life's mission to capture the group responsible for trying to decimate the world's population with a deadly virus; especially after losing a close friend and his wife. The storyline wasn't quite what I was expecting as the plot is more about a secret society trying to end the world with a man made virus and less about the virus itself. Still the author delivers with an engrossing tale of suspense that will have you reading compulsively long into the night!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    Extinction Agenda opens with a bang when an explosion kills the majority of FBI Agent James Mason’s multi-jurisdictional team. They were hunting a more lethal mutation of the bird flu virus at the Arizona-Mexico border. The flames deactivated the virus. However, Mason begins a one-man vendetta to avenge his friend and partner, Kane’s death. The cartel leaders’ who brought the deadly virus to America were out there somewhere. Mason and a new team are tasked with following the money to bring down t Extinction Agenda opens with a bang when an explosion kills the majority of FBI Agent James Mason’s multi-jurisdictional team. They were hunting a more lethal mutation of the bird flu virus at the Arizona-Mexico border. The flames deactivated the virus. However, Mason begins a one-man vendetta to avenge his friend and partner, Kane’s death. The cartel leaders’ who brought the deadly virus to America were out there somewhere. Mason and a new team are tasked with following the money to bring down the cartels. When another person near Mason is killed, no one will believe it is related to the first explosion. Except Mason, who decides to investigate on his own and on the sly. I confess that I was worried about the negative reviews for Extinction Agenda. People seemed polarized on whether it has too much action or too many details. I think the issue is that this book is a merging of an action thriller with a police procedural. I like the unusual approach. I’ve lowered rating for thrillers that had too much action because even that gets boring after a while. Let’s face it, we’ve all read police procedurals that work faster than Ambien for inducing sleep. Combining the two makes the book’s pacing perfect: ACTION, police work, ACTION, police work, etc. I also liked the characters especially the ones lurking in the gray areas of the law. If you like both action and procedurals, I think you will enjoy this intriguing action-packed blending of both. 4 stars! Thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jill Elizabeth

    This was an extraordinary book, full of everything that makes a thriller fun for me - conspiracy, bioterrorism, shadow governments, one guy who figures it all out then assembles a team of good bad guys to help him resolve it... It reminded me a little of the Dean Koontz Jane Hawk series - not in any derivative way AT ALL, but because it's another story in which one good (with just enough street cred to know the right bad guys to help) guy finds himself enmeshed in something huge and scary and wo This was an extraordinary book, full of everything that makes a thriller fun for me - conspiracy, bioterrorism, shadow governments, one guy who figures it all out then assembles a team of good bad guys to help him resolve it... It reminded me a little of the Dean Koontz Jane Hawk series - not in any derivative way AT ALL, but because it's another story in which one good (with just enough street cred to know the right bad guys to help) guy finds himself enmeshed in something huge and scary and world-altering and uses his considerable wiles to save the day. The writing is great - perfectly paced, elegantly plotted and full of characters that leap off the page and grab you by the throat. My only complaint is that it ended - seriously, I could have read another thousand pages without blinking an eye... It ends on a great note - setting up the next book with plenty still on the table but nothing dangling off in a way that felt abrupt or unfinished. There's a lot more to this story, as hinted both throughout and at the end, and I for one cannot WAIT to see how it plays out! My review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Schuyler Wallace

    Michael Laurence begins his novel, “The Extinction Agenda,” by trying to bring about the extinction of all his characters. In the first ten pages or so he introduces a boatload of people, something that might indicate some intense reading ahead. Then, in a just a couple of pages, he erases them all in a mass killing. FBI Special Agent James Mason, who barely survives the slaughter, begins extensive physical and mental rehab, and then takes a new team on another operation that also gets most of th Michael Laurence begins his novel, “The Extinction Agenda,” by trying to bring about the extinction of all his characters. In the first ten pages or so he introduces a boatload of people, something that might indicate some intense reading ahead. Then, in a just a couple of pages, he erases them all in a mass killing. FBI Special Agent James Mason, who barely survives the slaughter, begins extensive physical and mental rehab, and then takes a new team on another operation that also gets most of them killed. Mason is not someone to follow into battle. Then the author introduces us to Mason’s wife, a financial wizard, and promptly snuffs her in a motel fire. Then there were none. Twenty-five (or more) team members, including his partner and his wife, are all victimized and become extinct before we get settled in. I wondered if the author was ever to get into his story while anyone was still alive, but to outline further adventures gets into a reveal that I’ll not make. I will tell you that two surviving friends of Mason join him in the search for a mad killer who appears ageless, showing up in photographs at every historical pandemic since the Spanish Flu in 1918. He never ages. There’s a theme here that goes on and on, as does the man in the pictures. Laurence knows his stuff, from biological warfare to the Internet. He understands explosives, corporate greed, and human trafficking and manages to fit it all in. The writing is carefully done, the plotting is clever, and the dialogue is realistic. If you find some of the details including combat scenes confusing, so did I. But I willingly pushed my way through by skimming where necessary, always able to maintain a slim thread of comprehension. I found the plot somewhat implausible but interesting enough to keep me reading. I actually didn’t put the book done until I had finished it. There’s a lot to digest here, with some aspects very interesting. It’s also apparent by the number of loose ends left dangling that more is yet to come. So, don’t give up on it. It’s worth the effort. Some words of warning. Laurence, a pen name for the actual author, has a real penchant for violence. There are intense visuals and sensual experiences in his book. The feelings of pain, essences of decomposition, sounds and sights of bodily disintegration, and wholesale killing off of characters might prove too disturbing to some readers. If your stomach is somewhat weak, you might want to reconsider your decision to read this book. Having a sandwich while you read is not recommended. But the author is adept at carrying off all the mayhem in fascinating fashion.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Craig Wakefield

    We get three for the price of one in what is probably the beginning of a new series. FBI Special Agent James Mason, Gunnar Backstrom a corporate espionage expert, and Ramses Donovan a criminal extraordinaire. Low and behold they were all classmates at the same school. Now that can't be a coincidence. None of these characters seem able to stay within the bounds of the law, but perhaps that is good thing because of all the bad people out there who seem to be on both sides of the law. There are so We get three for the price of one in what is probably the beginning of a new series. FBI Special Agent James Mason, Gunnar Backstrom a corporate espionage expert, and Ramses Donovan a criminal extraordinaire. Low and behold they were all classmates at the same school. Now that can't be a coincidence. None of these characters seem able to stay within the bounds of the law, but perhaps that is good thing because of all the bad people out there who seem to be on both sides of the law. There are so many conspiracies and so many people involved in these conspiracies that it will surely take more than one book for our trio to sort them out.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    NetGalley provided ARC. This was not at all what I was expecting. It's more of an action thriller. But even so, it took a long time to get to any real action.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lotus Ranger

    Frankly, I was blown away by the quality of this book. It took me a while to decide whether to read it or not because the plot synopsis sounded almost trite. But at 40% in, I was more than hooked. The writing is extremely well done, as is the editing. The characters are well developed and believable. At first, I thought it was unlikely that so many characters would be from the world of the powerful and connected, but on second thought, decided that they would naturally maintain their useful conn Frankly, I was blown away by the quality of this book. It took me a while to decide whether to read it or not because the plot synopsis sounded almost trite. But at 40% in, I was more than hooked. The writing is extremely well done, as is the editing. The characters are well developed and believable. At first, I thought it was unlikely that so many characters would be from the world of the powerful and connected, but on second thought, decided that they would naturally maintain their useful connections. The plot is layered and the second half of the book became more complicated and less believable. But the action was non-stop and enjoyable. I received an uncorrected digital galley from NetGalley.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    ARC/Thriller: This book should be your hard pass for the year. Yes, I can justify the one star, but there will be spoilers. I do not claim to be a writer, but I love books and I love to be entertained, tricked, and ever other thought provoking aspect of a good story. How can this book go wrong? The back cover says it has everything I love in a book. It has a hero figuring out a conspiracy with two nutty friends, Nazis, pseudo-science, and comparisons to Dan Brown & Michael Crichton. Sign me up. It ARC/Thriller: This book should be your hard pass for the year. Yes, I can justify the one star, but there will be spoilers. I do not claim to be a writer, but I love books and I love to be entertained, tricked, and ever other thought provoking aspect of a good story. How can this book go wrong? The back cover says it has everything I love in a book. It has a hero figuring out a conspiracy with two nutty friends, Nazis, pseudo-science, and comparisons to Dan Brown & Michael Crichton. Sign me up. It ends up our wooden hero is no Fox Mulder fighting the good fight to find the truth out there. Instead, the hero has no personality except some sense of loyalty. He is a trustfund baby working for the government and I had to glance-read to get to the meat of conversations because they were full of filler. There was no whitty banter to get through scenes. His two fed partners are all business and no real friendship. He has two conspirators to help him out and I was hoping they would be edgy or campy, but are just cookie cuuter. The Dan Brown aspect: I had a big problem with that. The book is written in third person, not first; with a narrative that is the reader looking in. (Think Harry Potter; you only know what Harry sees, but you never get inside him). I wanted to see other things going on with other characters and scenes ...that might make me care and make the book more thrilling. Since it's only in Mason's perspective, if he doesn't see it, neither do you. I guess that would be fine, but Mason's backstory is white-privilege and boring. This guy never jaywalked in his life. At the very least, the editor should have insisted the first chapter be about what the Nazis were covertly doing and making me think; make me start guessing. Instead it was Mason getting ambushed, seeing something, and his partner dying. There were no red herrings or mystery like Brown's books. The only two red herrings were from an old .007 movie I saw year's ago. The Michael Crichton aspect: I had a bigger problem with this one. Crichton was a great writer. He may have written pseudo science & real science in detail, but he did it with clarity. He explained things while still being able to include a plot to his books. If you want to read pseudo science that makes you care, read his novel Timeline. The blurb comparing this to Crichton is a lie. I'm always looking for a new Crichton in my life, and this was not it. Again, the narrative has too much exposition of things that didn't matter. It took 115 pages or so, but as soon as Mason talks to his father-in-law, I figured out the main point to conspiracy. Not details, but (big spoiler) it's like Wool, only with a virus. Keystone Cops: The protocols the police were doing were questionable. Early examples, so I don't spoil too much, Mason allowed to go back to work without counseling after his partner is murdered in front of him, then two federal agents are fire-bombed and the motel is allowed to start reconstruction before the bodies are in the ground. Seriously, I had to reread several paragraphs to make sure I was reading it right. That is not even a proper investigation, especially of federal agents. I am definitely not recommending this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan The Book Dragon Campton

    Good Evening, Fellow Book Dragons and welcome to Freakish Friday, the start of our weekend. It feels like Autumn, finally. Summer has loosened her strangle hold and Autumn has cooled it down to a lovely 53 degrees with gentle breezes. Time for something freakish to go with this mug of spiced tea. And this Gem fits that description perfectly. This Gem cannot be touched. When I found it, it was in an abandoned lab. I was quite careful to turn my scales to the armored plate. The Gem was in a box of Good Evening, Fellow Book Dragons and welcome to Freakish Friday, the start of our weekend. It feels like Autumn, finally. Summer has loosened her strangle hold and Autumn has cooled it down to a lovely 53 degrees with gentle breezes. Time for something freakish to go with this mug of spiced tea. And this Gem fits that description perfectly. This Gem cannot be touched. When I found it, it was in an abandoned lab. I was quite careful to turn my scales to the armored plate. The Gem was in a box of some rather thick, clear material, the Skull and Crossbones on the lid quite prominent and it lit up when I touched it with my claw, though it was unnecessary. The TOP SECRET above the pirate-y icon glowed a fiery orange-red. The Gem itself looks like a bit of brimstone with what appear to be ice blue worms shooting in and out and crawling on the surface. They glow against the pulsing orange-red as if to say, “Open At Your Own Risk. Open And DIE”. Needless to say, it sits here on my desk, unopened. And as soon as we are done talking about it, I shall put this one in the lead line Treasure Chest along with the other Freakish Gems that seem too dangerous to have found, such as that one from Mordor, and the one I found in the ruins on the Usher Estate. It’s maker, Michael Laurence had made this Gem in that nasty, secret lab by culling a series of essences and chemicals from the nastiest of sources: Nazi’s, Drug Dealers, Coyotes (those who deal in Human Lives), the Deep State and the Man with the Aquamarine Eyes. I loved this Tale, feasting until it was gone in two evenings, reading until my eyes were blurred and I fell asleep, not even having finished the Knight I had set out for snacking, so engrossed was I in our Hero’s adventure. FBI Special Agent James Mason feels guilt over not saving his best friend and then, a little later the death of his wife. He is pulled into a conspiracy for the ages. What starts out to be a raid of human trafficking and drug dealers turns into a search for a deadly virus by a group lead by one man who has been running the show throughout the world for quite some time, only this time it’s the show to end all show. The end of mankind as we know it. James isn’t your ordinary FBI agent. He’s the cream of the crop. He’s resourceful. He understands what has to be done to get the bad guys and he’s willing to do what it takes. Laurence keeps him real, which makes the plot plausible, especially considering the headlines of today. One can not only see this happening, one wouldn’t be surprised to hear of something like this being uncovered considered, I believe, how jaded we seem to be getting as far as the news stories we hear each day. This is also a procedural, which I love. We see how investigations work. We get to see the inner workings of what goes into them. The mechanics, the gears and nuts and bolts and I do love those things, you know. It’s like tinkering with a 100 year old Swiss pocket watch and being fascinated by all the intricate gears. If you want a Tale that will creep you out, keep you fascinated and make you root for the good guys and happy when the bad guys die, this is it. You will not see the number thirteen the same way again either.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lorrie

    I won this book last year as a Goodreads giveaway. I started reading it almost as soon as I got it, but then life happened. It took (almost) a year and a day to get through this book, but that was mostly because I've been inundated with audio books from the library for the last 5-6 months to the point where everything else I was reading was just a sideline thing. But 2020 is going to be the year I actually try to catch up on the physical books sitting on my bookshelf. I said that last year too, a I won this book last year as a Goodreads giveaway. I started reading it almost as soon as I got it, but then life happened. It took (almost) a year and a day to get through this book, but that was mostly because I've been inundated with audio books from the library for the last 5-6 months to the point where everything else I was reading was just a sideline thing. But 2020 is going to be the year I actually try to catch up on the physical books sitting on my bookshelf. I said that last year too, and that didn't happen, so who knows. I think my biggest complaint about this book is just how far-fetched it is. A good thriller needs to be believable. This book just had so much going on, and most of it was just so outlandish that it was almost comical at times. Maybe if 2-3 of the subplots were removed it might have tightened the story a little more. But as it read, I got to the end not even caring what the outcome was other than I could close the book one last time for good. As far as characters go, I liked the secondary characters better than James Mason. I just had the feeling from the beginning of the book that James was just so far far out of his character range that we had been shown at the start of the book. The things he was doing (and was able to do) just didn't mesh with the picture I had gotten of him at the beginning of the book, and so by the end it felt like we had two completely distinct characters instead of one person. And I guess the biggest thing about James is that at the beginning of the book he is pretty much depicted as an absentee husband, someone who has gotten so comfortable in his marriage that he stops even going through the motions of keeping things together. This isn't really spoiler territory because it comes right at the beginning of the book, but his wife is murdered WHILE she's sleeping with her lover in a no-tell motel in the middle of nowhere. But even before that we are shown just how far his relationship has degenerated. And then she dies, and he's all super-husband all of a sudden, the chosen one who has to right the wrong of her murder and save the world. No, sorry, it just didn't work for me. The action scenes read like one really bad thriller movie. All the tropes that make a movie a stinker were present here, and I found myself wincing more often than cheering the characters on. This is a death knell for thrillers for me -- to not care if the 'good guy' lives or dies. And on top of that, this is another typical law enforcement officer going completely outside of the law to get things done, and yet faces absolutely zero consequences for his actions. It's just not believable, and that makes the story a complete bust for me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    I was excited about this book because the blurb had mentioned it having historical elements of Steve Berry and Jame Rollins, with the latter giving it an endorsement and adding it was a roller coaster. I will respectfully disagree. If you like those writers this is not a novel that resembles the action and historical elements of those books. He references real events but there is no is no summary explanation at the end which leaves a lot of conspiracy theories expounded and never addressed. This I was excited about this book because the blurb had mentioned it having historical elements of Steve Berry and Jame Rollins, with the latter giving it an endorsement and adding it was a roller coaster. I will respectfully disagree. If you like those writers this is not a novel that resembles the action and historical elements of those books. He references real events but there is no is no summary explanation at the end which leaves a lot of conspiracy theories expounded and never addressed. This book is well written but I found it slower than I expected and the author is far too verbose for my liking. There are never ending descriptions of locations, even when they are unnecessary, and when people are in harms way the bad guys go on long monologues justifying their crimes. Ironically when situations called for a good description of the action I found the scenes lacking in sufficient details. I really think with a better editor this book could have been far better. The story itself makes for a great plot. I always enjoy a good revenge story and our protagonist FBI Special Agent James Mason has a great motivation after the death of his wife. There is a great cast of characters here. Unfortunately there is too much stopping and starting with the pacing. Big things happen and then nothing happens for awhile and so on. I really enjoy Berry and Rollins because there is great plotting that keeps the story moving in addition to the fun historical elements. This novel needed more action and less description and down time. I found myself putting this story aside far more than I do with other books as I was never compelled to keep going to see how anything turned out. Overall there is a good story here but it is just not my kind of book with the slow pacing. Again it is a well written book with some great characters. I enjoyed Mason and his friends but Mason could have used a bit more focus on his personality instead of the hero role all the time. I usually know if I would read another book in a series but with this one I’m torn. I’d be interested to see if the next novel improved but if it was more of the same I would not be interested.

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