May has developed a credible and terrifying biological profile for Factor 7. Her depiction of a centuries-old cabal whose mission is to root out evil and destroy it is fascinating, as is the idea of a renegade cell willing to unleash destruction to “cleanse” the sins of the world, convinced that the ends justify the means. However, this thriller’s focus shifts from these pressing issues to the personal lives of the protagonist, slowing the narrative momentum and diminishing the suspense of the Keepers’ targeted pandemic. Passages detailing the extended end of Sam's marriage or the awakening of feelings for Rainee blunt rather than ground the urgent intrigue of the espionage and conspiracy elements.
A series of anticlimaxes abruptly settles key characters and plot points. What seem like important villains get quickly dismissed, and a subplot involving an archenemy of Sam’s languishes unresolved. While May offers a compelling premise and explores a number of fascinating and timely topics, including COVID-19, Factor-7’s tendency to dilute its thriller elements ultimately results in a mixed bag as a reading experience.
Takeaway:Thriller lovers will enjoy this uneven novel’s take on virus outbreaks and secret societies.
Great for fans of: David Koepp's Cold Storage, Richard Preston's The Cobra Event, Mark Terry's The Devil's Pitchfork
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: C
Oct 02, 2020Louise Gray 4.5 stars rated it really liked.Get ready, conspiracy theorists - this one will set your minds spinning! This was a genuine thriller in the true sense of the word and so cleverly done. There must have been a good deal of research behind the medical aspects of the story because it seemed completely credible and almost scary in the context of a global pandemic. You won’t want to put this one down!
Nov 25, 2020Chocoviv V. 5 stars rated it it was amazing
As I was slowly flipping through the pages, I was constantly at the edge of my seat. Sometimes, I couldn't believe what I had read as I did not expect certain situations to occur so suddenly! I felt like a spy, being suspicious of everyone that Sam met, especially Rainee. Note: I definitely felt the connection to this book during this pandemic.
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