Sunday, December 19, 2010


Title: Pandora's Succession
Author: Russell Brooks

Book Blurb: CIA operative, Ridley Fox, never stopped hunting his fiancĂ©e’s killers—a weapons consortium called The Arms of Ares. When an informant leads him to an old bunker outside of Groznyy, Chechnya, Fox is captured, beaten, and left for dead. When the informant rescues him, Fox learns that his capture was no coincidence: someone had set him up—possibly another government agent. Fox barely escapes after learning that Ares has acquired a hyperdeadly microbe—called Pandora—that is believed to have wiped out ancient civilizations. The trail leads Fox to Tokyo where he discovers that people within the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Japanese Intelligence want Pandora for themselves. The only person Fox can trust is a woman from his past who he nearly got killed.

Review: Russell Brooks' PANDORA'S SUCCESSION contains an ancient and deadly virus and a race around the world to stop to Arms of Ares and the Promise from destroying the world. This biological warfare thriller begins with an explosion and doesn't let up. Ridley Fox is a tiny bit of a Canadian James Bond minus the womanizing and martinis, but his troubled past interferes throughout the novel. Those around Fox tend to die, but his tenacity keeps him wanting to save the world, and perhaps the girl (aka Doctor Nita Parris). Brooks has definitely done his research from his vast array of weapons to biology/chemistry to ninja moves that appear throughout the novel. He fantastically transports us from Russia to Africa to Japan with ease, and Brooks continues to throw punches and twists to leave the readers guessing. Overall, PANDORA'S SUCCESSION is a thriller not to be missed. Don't make him use Clarity on you either.