ADRENALINE By Jeff Abbott (Sphere, £6.99)
PHEW! This thriller lives up to its title so much that you feel exhausted after ripping through pages packed with big action sequences and more twists and turns than a bag full of snakes. Abbott is a big selling American author and this jaw-dropping, teeth-rattling thriller is so cinematic that it would make a great film for Matt Damon to follow his success with the Bourne trilogy. It begins with a bang (literally) when a call from his pregnant wife Lucy, saves Sam Capra from a bomb explosion at the London offices of the CIA. With smoke and flames and rubble falling everywhere, Sam escapes in time to see Lucy being driven off at speed by a scar-faced man in a high powered car. With his wife, also a CIA agent, apparently kidnapped, Sam is treated as a renegade by colleagues who believe he may be in league with an international crime organisation. Desperate to find Lucy and catch those behind the explosion, Sam’s helped by Mila, a mysterious, blonde and deadly Russian, to go undercover and infiltrate a gang smuggling everything from human traffic to drugs and arms across the globe. Mila wants him to rescue the abducted daughter of an arms manufacturer from the sinister organisation called Novem Soles (Nine Suns), while Sam desperately wants to find Lucy and their baby, and clear his name. The action moves at breakneck speed from New York to Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, and the English countryside with the body count rising and twists you never see coming around every page.
Review by Alex Gordon