Charles Morgan is a small operator in the vast computer technology industry but he has big ambitions. He borrows heavily from the Mafia to finance his dreams of becoming a big player but when he fails to make the expected profit, they are quick to demand their money back. Desperate to save his own skin, he hatches a plan that will cripple the competition and propel his new product into the ranks of market leader.
Bryony Elliot is a brilliant but naive British student who has the skills he needs to bring his plans to fruition. But she is refusing to cooperate. With time running out and his creditors’ threats becoming increasingly vicious, Morgan gives up on persuasion and employs deceit instead. Unaware of the true situation, Bryony launches a catastrophic virus attack on society. When she discovers that she has been used, she frantically attempts to stop the carnage she has wrought but she is up against violent men who are intent on stopping her.
Bryony must dig deep into her mental reserves to stay alive and reverse the damage but first, she must conquer the fears and demons that rule her life.
For Bryony has dark secrets of her own…
This is the second Nick Sullivan thriller (I reviewed Fallout here), and after having initial misgivings with the narration of that book, I was pleased to hear the familiar voice of Craig Bowles reading again.
Previously on the run, Nick was surviving by his wits and is pretty much doing the same again here. The stakes are just as high (although Nick doesn’t know that for most of the story), and I enjoyed the mystery of trying to work out what was going on.
Two niggles for me. I’m not convinced that Nick’s character would have done what he did on the boat (no spoilers), but maybe that’s just me. That’s minor. The more significant one that annoyed me more is that Nick is a bit too physical with women in this story. I’m not sure how many times he took hold of Bryony and shook her. Not the worst thing for a protagonist to do, but it did knock down his likeability for me.
But that aside, I enjoyed the story and the climax was very good.