Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Aftershock - Philip Donlay

Philip Donlay
Oceanview, Mar 3 2015, $26.95
ISBN 9781608091393

In Guatemala, US Geological Survey volcanologist Rick Mathews leads a team of four from Guatemala City to determine whether dormant Atitlán is about to erupt.  However, as they reach their destination, men fire shots killing Rick, volcanologist in training Oliver Pelletier and their security guard.  The other member of the party, fortyish photographer Stephanie VanGelder shoots pictures of the deadly assault before hiding in the forest while praying for her life.

Donovan Nash’s estranged wife Lauren sends FBI Agent Charles to Montana to inform him that his childhood summer buddy Stephanie went missing in Guatemala.  Not wasting a moment, Nash and an Eco-Watch team head to Atitlán even as the mountain erupts; at the same time Lauren looks into the criminal activity of those seemingly involved with Stephanie’s apparent kidnapping.

Series fans need to wear a seatbelt while reading the adrenaline pumping, faster than the speed of light fifth Donovan Nash thriller (see Deadly Echoes and Zero Separation).  Though literally (by air) and figuratively over the top of the volcano, Aftershock is an action-filled tale with no respites.

Harriet Klausner

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