Monday, July 25, 2016

Flash Point is a great late Summer Read from Thomas Locke

Have you ever had a dream where you were just flying across the sky, unhindered by anything physical? Well, ok, so maybe I am the only one who has ever had a dream like that. That’s sort of what I imagine the characters in Thomas Locke’s newest work Flash Point experience when they “ascend”. Only they are not even limited by time and space in their journey.

Flash Point continues the story from Trial Run which was published last year but you don’t have to have read that book in order to enjoy the new one. Enough of the back story is included so that the reader will not be lost as to why the characters are important in the current volume. But for those who read the first installment in the series, you’ll recognize several prominent characters. Brett Riffkind, Charlie Hazard, and Reese Clawson are all intertwined again in the drama and espionage that unfold in this story. We are also introduced to some new characters with the lead being Lena Fennan who is drawn into a series of events that change her world forever.

The pace of the story is fast. The reader is drawn into the next chapter naturally and most will find it hard to put the book down or to stop swiping the page of your kindle reader once you meet Lena in her New York City cubicle. The settings are realistic and as usual well described so that you can see the action as it is happening. There is intrigue, romance, tension, danger, sadness, and joy to be found in the reading of Flash Point. It has all the marks of a great science fiction work but maintains the tether to the real world enough that you start to believe this thing just might exist in some lab somewhere.

I really enjoyed reading this volume in the series. I hope there is more to come. I can’t wait to see where the story leads next as the possibilities are truly endless. What would you do if you had access to any information and I do mean any from the future or the past or the present? That’s the ethical question that the characters face in this series. As the series moves forward, where will they end up. If only we had one of the nets for real we could already know!

I give this book a five star rating. It’s entertaining, engaging, and is well written as usual. The characters are realistically portrayed as are the settings for the action. The technology is probable and the use is definitely believable if it were real. This series will make a great movie plot someday.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

About Thomas Locke

Thomas Locke is an award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies.
His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.
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