06 January, 2015

#BookReview :: The Kill Switch (Tucker Wayne #1) by James Rollins & Grant Blackwood

The mission seems simple enough: extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil, a volatile man who holds the secret to a deadly bioweapon. But nothing is as it appears to be. A conspiracy of world-shattering scope unravels as Tucker and Kane struggle to keep one move ahead of their deadly enemies.

From the frozen steppes of Russia to the sun-blasted mountains of South Africa and Namibia, a biological threat millions of years in the making strikes out at the heart of America. All that stands in the way from a global apocalypse: one man and his dog. But can even Tucker and Kane thwart an ecological menace out of the ancient past to save the world’s future? 

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James Rollins’s Sigma Force series is quite interesting. Now here’s a new spin-off series featuring Tucker Wayne and Kane.

Tucker Wayne is a former Army Ranger and Kane is a military dog who understands over 1000 words. Together they form a team of formidable duo. They are roped in to extract a pharmaceutical magnate from Russian soil. This person holds the secret to a deadly bioweapon that could potentially destroy the world. It isn’t going to be easy what with a renegade General who is intent on getting things his way. From Russia to Namibia, this adventure takes its readers for a ride.

While I liked Tucker Wayne as a character, I sometimes expected more from him. He lacks the larger than life aura that I have come to expect from most international thriller’s protagonists. He seems a bit tame. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of action in the book but it is the fact that Tucker Wayne lacks the certain x-factor. Kane on the other hand is just awesome. I absolutely loved him and loved reading things from his point of view. The plot is straightforward an uncomplicated and I particularly like the bio-terrorism angle of the book. There are no unexpected twists that throw off the readers. I found the antagonist to be really below the mark. His character had been built up with a certain amount of hype that he failed to match in the climax.

The steady pace of the story, the action filled pages and the narration of the story from Kane’s point of view are the good and interesting parts that make this book overall an enjoyable one.

Review Copy from Hachette India

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