ADREN­A­LINE By Jeff Abbott (Sphere, £6.99)

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Books & Dvds -

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.

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