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  • High octane action

    Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Abruption is a work of fiction in the action, contemporary thriller, and terrorism sub-genres, and it is the first novel in the Broken Gladiator Series penned by author Thom Gordon. Written for adult reading audiences, the work does contain the use of explicit language, graphic violence appropriate to the premise, and some sexual situations. Our intrepid protagonists are Chris Townsend and Zoe Aston, thrown together in the wake of a terrifying attack that not only collapses an American city but also the peace talks surrounding it in the wider world. As the clock ticks down and the investigation deepens, Chris and Zoe will discover there’s so much more than meets the eye in this international action-packed thriller. Author Thom Gordon has crafted a truly suspenseful work that will be sure to give terrorist thriller fans everything they could possibly want from their reading experience. With a great plotline in the big picture that follows international politics and the impact of terror on the wider world, the novel also blends the individual stories of our dual protagonists together, giving a face to the investigation. I liked the variation in settings as new vistas come and go during the investigation, which kept the threads of the mystery fresh and intriguing as different clues appeared. The dialogue too was very well crafted to bring exposition about in a lively way and move the plot on without slowing the pace. Overall, I would highly recommend Abruption for readers seeking a great balance of slow-burning thriller mystery and high octane action.

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  • A detailed thriller

    Abruption is the first in a series featuring Chris and Zoe as members of a terrorism task force in the USA. As a series of massive bombings occur in their city with many fatalities, they, along with their team, become more frustrated as promising leads disappear. The author quickly shows that Chris, though smart, is unsure of himself and Zoe is a spirited woman who is also an adrenaline junkie. The author describes himself as a contradiction. He is a technophile, engineer, computer specialist and a dreamer. It shows in his writing. He has lived and worked in the USA and the Middle East and writes knowledgeable about American politics and Middle Eastern philosophy. Confession time: I read this book twice. The details are extraordinary, whether a character is reprogramming a computer, describing the confusing Senate process or relating a terrorist attack. Yet there is love, grief, comradery, and compassion. If you enjoy a fast-paced thriller and enjoy authentic descriptions, book one ‘Abruption’ will allow you to escape for a while.

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