Narrator: Rick Gregory
Published by Sinister Horror Company on 10 January 2018
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Psychological, Science Thriller
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Street tough Detective Norton is a broken man. Still grieving the murder of his girlfriend, he is called to investigate the daylight slaughter of an entire office amid rumours of a mysterious and lethal computer program. As the conspiracy unfolds the technological killer has a new target. Fighting for survival, Norton must also battle his inner demons, the wrath of MI5, and a beautiful but deadly mercenary only known as Orchid.
Unseen, undetectable, and unstoppable. In the age of technology the most deadly weapon is a few lines of code.
©2014, 2017 J. R. Park (P)2018 J. R. Park
This story started off promising: sex scene followed by several murders by unknown means. Detective Norton is assigned to look into it and initially, he’s stumped. There’s no obvious motive or even murder weapon. Norton is reeling from the death of his girlfriend Mel, so he’s got that beaten down, drown-myself-in-work thing going for him. Norton is what drew me into this story.
Then the mysterious Orchid makes an appearance. She’s got skills and I wasn’t sure Norton would last the entire book. Thankfully, Orchid doesn’t want him dead right away! I went back and forth about Orchid. She’s got this ‘disguise’ and her Evil Mistress name Orchid but then some minor character easily identifies her doing her regular day job. So, not much of a disguise there. She’s fun but turns up too conveniently or gets out of handcuffs too easily. That sort of thing had me roll my eyes a few times.
While the story is indeed fast-paced, I occasionally lost interest in the story. It’s one fight or chase scene or quickie in the office supplies closet after another. There are a few quieter moments, usually when Norton is thinking about his Mel. Those helped balance some of the fast-paced nature of this tale. I did enjoy the sci-fi techno-thriller aspect to the murders even if I found it lacked any substantial detail. The story wasn’t here to show me how such a cybercrime could be possible, but, rather, used the idea as a gimmick to set the stage and occasionally push the plot forward.
The story initially gripped my attention, but then lost it, tried to snatch it back, failed, tried again, gained a bit of interest, and then held it because I knew the ending was nigh. Altogether, it was OK. 3.5/5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book.
The Narration: Rick Gregory had to pronounce the word ‘whilst’ far too many times in this story. I don’t know why the author used that word so often. Gregory did give it a second syllable nearly every time which I found to be a little jarring. Other than that, Gregory gave a good performance. He had distinct voices for all the characters and his female voices were believable. 4/5 stars.
This review first appeared on DabOfDarkness.com