In this novel, photographer Bess Grady is vacationing in the Mexican town of Tenajo, in which the story’s villain is testing out a new form of Anthrax. The bio weapon wipes out the entire town except for Bess and an infant. Kaldak, a CIA agent, gets her out of dodge while killing the bad guys in the process. Bess then becomes valuable to the CDC, since they are hoping to use her to create a vaccine for the virus. Meanwhile, Kaldak uses Bess, with her blessing, to lure out the bad guys into the open.
The story moves along at a nice pace, and there is plenty of action, but there are still some groaning moments created by overly large plot holes. The general believability of the story is also quite low. The characters, on the other hand, were fairly well developed and likeable. All of this creates a solid but unspectacular reading, that’s worth a read but not with high expectations.
Carl Alves – author of Blood Street