Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Containment
by Nick Thacker

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 306
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When there’s nothing left to lose, there’s no limit to what you’ll risk.

Jake Parker’s world collapsed with the violent death of his wife during a police-led raid. In the awful aftermath, he hung up his detective’s badge for good. Now ex-military, ex-police, he has embraced a simple civilian life. But when a deadly new disease begins to threaten American lives, Jake is dragged out of his self-imposed retirement.

When a young family at a remote detention center die from a mysterious illness, Jake is contacted by a government official to launch a covert investigation. An unknown disease has entered the system, causing agonizing death and visible signs of blood pooling beneath the skin, and it seems to be spreading. If Jake can’t get on the ground quickly to eliminate the threat before it becomes an epidemic, countless more innocent lives could be at risk.

With the help of medical professor Eliza Mendoza, Jake heads to the border, but what they uncover there is evidence that this devastating disease is man-made, and part of a calculated plot aimed right at the heart of government. With powerful forces ranged against him, Jake must use all his ingenuity to bring down the ruthless organization behind the attack. Failure is not an option.


Kritters Thoughts:  If you are not as emotionally affected by the pandemic as you were back in March and April or if this is years later and the pandemic is a thing of the past, then this book is an interesting read to see a different kind of pandemic.  In this book, a disease that isn't easily transferrable, but is extremely deadly was captivating because it was so different from the current pandemic that we are in in 2020. 

The start of a series with a main character of Jacob Parker who left the police department after a military career in the midst of a drama and tragedy.  He is pulled into a case as a private detective for the Director of ICE as something seems to be inflicted on detainees in ICE centers as they are entering America and Parker is instructed to assemble a team and get to the bottom of it.  

Parker was a great character to follow through this story.  I loved his methodical approach, moving from one piece of evidence to the other.  I liked that he had Eliza by his side and that she had her own expertise and that she was able to shine when she was more educated on a topic more than Parker.  

With this mystery, I don't want to say too much because the ins and outs were just so interesting and a combination of mystery/thriller with some politicking were just spot on in this book.  I wouldn't want to spoil anything if this book is up your alley.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row


Ebook 2020 Challenge: 93 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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