Top global technology lawyer Tornait “Torn” Sagara knows he shouldn’t get involved with his beautiful client, Saya Brooks, whose revolutionary lightning-on-demand invention will solve climate change and render all other energy sources obsolete. But their shared connection as hafu (half Japanese, half American) draws them irresistibly together. Saya’s technology could save the world, but what’s good for the planet is bad news for those who profit from the status quo. Now, someone wants to stop Saya from commercializing her invention and will go to any lengths—even murder—to do so. When Torn takes Saya for a spin on his motorcycle, they are viciously attacked. That death-defying battle on a crowded Tokyo expressway is only the start of Torn’s wild ride. As the violence escalates, Torn discovers that everything he values—his reputation, his family, and even his life—is on the line. Racing from the boardrooms of Tokyo to the wilds of Russia in a desperate search for the truth, Torn is forced to face his own flaws and discover what really matters most.
Plot: Fast-paced with high intensity, the plot takes the reader on an adventure set in Tokyo, Japan introducing the reader to plenty of cultural and environmental issues resulting in a legal battle. There is no doubt that the author knows his subject well. Readers will be left guessing until the end only to realize that there is more to come.
Prose: Well-written and easy to follow, Weeks propels the action forward by ending each chapter leaving the reader wanting to know more. While the scenario could lead to a complicated plot, Weeks skillfully relays the issue, helping the reader engage. While the main character understands his work and other adults, his conversations with his own children may strike readers as stiff and unnatural.
Originality: Weeks introduces a number of original elements, notably the titular 'bottled lightening' and the focus on environmental concerns. The Tokyo backdrop and the infusion of Japanese culture into the narrative also provide entertaining and enlightening content.
Character/Execution: The main character is smart and courageous, yet flawed. Trouble in his personal relationships allows him to be especially relatable. His risky behavior does not end with his work as it carries over into his romantic life as well. Readers will understand the other characters primarily through interactions with the protagonist.
Date Submitted: August 25, 2022