Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bloodborne by Gregg Luke

One ordinary afternoon, research specialist Dr. Erin Cross steps into a local deli to get some lunch and nearly takes a bullet instead. Thanks to timely intervention from a former Marine, she walks away from the seemingly freak incident. But when she returns to find her lab under security lockdown and her apartment ransacked, she realizes the attack was anything but random. Erin can’t make sense of the threat, given her low profile after a disastrous H1N1 vaccine trial. She doesn’t know that her former colleague has used the virus to develop a potent bio-weapon or that her recent research holds a key to his success. And she doesn’t know that his collaborators want her dead before she blows the whistle. Fleeing for safety with her research in hand, Erin unravels the threats with help from the timely Marine, former Special Ops agent Sean Flannery. But the closer they come to finding answers, the more questionable Sean’s behavior becomes. His erratic moods and suspicious communications are more fitting for an enemy than a friend. And as the crisis comes to a head, Erin can’t be sure who harbors more secrets — the bio-terrorists pursuing her or the one man who can give her protection.

My Review:

Definitely my favorite read of the summer. This book is intense, well-written, well-researched, and intriguing. It was one of those books that I kept reading even when it was one in the morning and I had to wake up at four. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fast-paced suspense.

What I liked: Loved the storyline and the main characters. Amazing how a male author could develop a female protagonist so well.

What I didn't like: I didn't enjoy the backstory dump as it interrupts pacing and I'd rather get to know the character slowly through dialogue, thought, and action. I always skip the backstory (someday I'll learn some patience).

Audience: I would recommend it to any adult.

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