Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: The Panic Zone
Author: Rick Mofina
Release Date: July 2010
Year/Setting: Present day
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Extreme
Rick's Website/Blog: www.rickmofina.com
This is an excellent thriller that will keep you on the edge of your chair throughout.
A car carrying a very happy family heads for a picnic in Wyoming. Mom, Dad and baby are looking forward to some time together. Mom is returning to her teaching job, Dad has been a busy at his job and this was the first time since the baby's birth that they had been able to get away. Suddenly, another car appears on the wrong side of the road headed for them and there is a head-on crash. Mom is thrown clear of the crash and she sees a person pull her baby from the flames. When the police arrive, Dad has passed away from his injuries and they tell her that the child was burned to death and do not believe that she saw anyone take him. Also, no one saw the car that hit them and the police are determined that it doesn't exist. However, someone calls her on the phone one night and says "Your baby is alive."
Meanwhile, in Rio de Janeiro a bomb explodes and kills ten people in a restaurant. The victims include two journalists with the World Press Alliance news agency. Jack Gannon, who is a reporter recently relocated to New York City from Buffalo is now working for WPA and is sent to Rio on assignment to find out if his reporter colleagues were innocent victims or people who were getting too close to a big story.
At Paradise Island in the Bahamas a Caribbean Cruise ends in panic. The cruise ship doctors are trying to identify the cause of a passenger's untimely death. They consult with two of the world's top scientists who think that someone has revived some previous research that they worked on and are now using this research as a weapon. With many lives at stake, scientists work to find the cause of the passenger's death. A mother is frantically looking for her missing child and Jack Gannon is chasing a story. It's only natural that Jack and this Mom will meet.
This was a very good story but it bounced around a lot. So, pay attention or you will get lost in the shuffle. The characters are well thought out and the story is a good one but, a bit confusing in some parts. Thriller readers will enjoy this and look forward to Mr. Mofina's next book.
Enjoy, and I'll talk to you soon,
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