Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mortal Threat by A. J. Tata


Medical school student Amanda Garrett and American doctors working secretly in Africa have found a cure for the Ebola and Human Immunodeficiency Viruses. Leaders of the Islamic State want the cure so they can show the world Islam is a benevolent religion that all Africans should follow. The President of the United States believes an alleged 30,000-year-old Sub-Saharan religious text called The Book of Catalyst identifies him as being of divine origin. As Amanda operates her portion of the clandestine CIA Project Nightingale in a Tanzanian orphanage, she is attacked and chased by brutal killers called The Leopard and The Cheetah. Amanda has 48 hours to escape across the Serengeti Plain before the remaining vials of the cure expire. The Islamic State escalates attacks across the Middle East using freshly converted fighters from Africa. The American President, however, chooses not to deploy sufficient troops to save U.S. Special Forces, including Amanda's husband, assisting in the air war against ISIS. As Amanda attempts to save the rapidly decomposing formula for the Ebola and HIV cures, she finds herself at the center of a clash between warring media titans, Jonathan Beckwith and Zhor al Rhazziq, who are following her every step toward the Olduvai Gorge, which some scientists claim to be the origin of human life.

Review by Rochelle Weber:

Mortal Threat, although the fourth book in a series, stood perfectly alone. There was enough back-story to bring me up to speed on the events in previous books. General Tata tied up the loose ends, so I didn’t feel left hanging and skillfully introduced the new character who would lead us into Book Five. He piqued my interest just enough to make me want to read it.

General Tata managed this and kept me burning through the pages, wondering what was going to happen next. I believed President Barkum was The Chosen One mentioned in The Book of Catalyst, and wondered what would happen next. I held my breath when Amanda Garrett fled the orphanage with her precious vials of The Cure, and the accompanying vaccines. I actually screamed aloud in places, yelling things like, “No! Don’t slow down! They’ll catch you!” as if the characters on the pages could hear me.

For a masterful thriller with elements of the spiritual that will make you think about your beliefs, by all means—run; don’t walk to your computer or book store and get Mortal Threat!

Length:  362 Pages
Print:  $12.25
Digital:  $7.99

Thanks for visiting. Rose, Julie, Donna, & Rochelle

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