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Devour Paperback – 28 March 2017
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A frantic rollercoaster of plot twists until the final resolution ― The Herald Sun (on Thirst)
Deserves comparisons to Michael Crichton and John Grisham ― ABC North Queensland (on Thirst)
Action that hits like an icepick in the back of the head -- John Birmingham, author (on Thirst)
This Antarctic thriller is a rollicking good read, with a true hero and fabulous accompanying cast -- Vanda Symon, author (on Thirst)
This is one of the best books I've read in the last couple of years, and if you're only going to read one novel in 2017, I suggest you make it Devour ― Culture Fly
- Publisher : Constable; 1st edition (28 March 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1472124820
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472124821
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 319,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The race is on between the BAS and the Russians to be the first to find life, so the Home Office doesn’t want a police investigation. Olivia shares the team’s excitement when they finally succeed and a hitherto unknown species of bacteria is discovered, but when she spies some suspicious activity, she becomes a target herself, and is blamed for yet a further instance of sabotage.
It seems no one has been completely open about their past, including their brilliant Russian-born engineer, Vitaly Yushkov, and when samples, scientists and reporters head back home, he suffers the worst that terrorism task force DCI Dan Casburn can dish out. But it’s not over when they return to England: there’s a vial of the lake water missing and few people know just what it can do.
Larkin gives the reader a rollercoaster ride that careens through the mansion of an Afghani terrorist, the icy wastes of the Antarctic, the top secret laboratories of England to a gripping climax at the Hoover Dam. Olivia is shot at, beaten, framed, stalked and slandered as she tries to get justice for the wrongly accused, save the innocent and get her story. Non-stop action makes this an exciting page-turner.
When I first picked up the book, I thought it might have been one of those "there is a monster under the ice" type of books, which would have been fine with me, I like those kinds of books. But what I actually got with this book was something much more subtle and much more terrifying at the same time. I don't think I took a full breath the entire time I was reading this book, it had me on the edge of my seat.
It has a bit of everything: a kick-ass heroine who can well and truly take care of herself and yet has a softer side as well, high-profile government shenanigans, murder and a frightening threat to civilisation.
I was hooked from the very first page and when I learnt that this was the first book in the Olivia Wolfe series, I got very excited. I can't wait till the next one!
Highly recommended read from me.
Larkin’s protagonist Olivia Wolfe, an investigative journalist, is gutsy and determined. She will stop at nothing to get the truth.
The story runs along two plot lines, both mysteries, with Wolfe at the centre of both. Small offshoot plots leave scope for future novels featuring Olivia Wolfe.
The character of Wolfe was well developed as we get to know what does and doesn’t make her tick.
As Wolfe follows stories on the streets of Afghanistan then the chilly stations of a scientific exploration centre in Antarctica the danger and action never stops.
With just enough romance to show that she is only human after all and an eerie stalker who is seeking their own revenge the Olivia Wolfe series is sure to be devoured by all crime thriller readers.
With my thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.
I'm looking forward to the next Olivia Wolfe thriller - Prey!
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I only stuck with it as I hoped it would improve but I was disappointed and will not be buying any sequels!