A Book Spy Review: ‘Field of Fire’ By Marc Cameron

51zjpuekpol-_sx274_bo1204203200_In Marc Cameron’s latest thriller, a rogue Russian scientist sets the world on fire with a deadly new chemical weapon, and it’s up to Jericho Quinn to save millions of innocent lives.

Even the world’s best, most advanced foreign intelligence agencies (including America’s CIA) believed that an old Russian base on Providenya Bay had been shut down many years ago. But that couldn’t be further from the truth, and only a select few individuals inside the Russian government know of its existence and what it’s really being used for. 

That’s all about to change…

What many thought to be nothing but an old building is in fact a warehouse for some of the most dangerous chemical weapons ever created. And while Russia would much prefer to keep the existence of said warehouse a secret, one aging scientist has different plans.

Doctor Kostya Volodin is, arguably, Russia’s top mad scientist, and the man responsible for creating what is known as New Archangel, a souped-up form of nerve gas. But, after a long career of creating chemical weapons, the doctor decided to defect and leave Russia behind for good.

Soon reports surface about a river full of dead fish, the first indication that something is amiss in the small Russian town where the chemical warehouse resides. After that, more than twenty people are found mysteriously dead.

Realizing that both incidents are chemical-related, all eyes to turn to Doctor Volodin to explain what’s happening, but he’s nowhere to be found. Worse, the stash of New Archangel is also missing. Finding and recovering Volodin and the chemical weapons becomes the top priority, but so is hiding his departure from the world and prying spy agencies who might involve themselves in Russia’s affairs if the truth were to leak out.

Taking his daughter on the run with him, Volodin heads to Alaska–where he plans to disappear, using the vast wilderness to his advantage. What he didn’t count on, however, was Jericho Quinn and his girlfriend Veronica “Ronnie” Garcia, who were also laying low in Alaska as they recover from the events of the past book (Brute Force).

After several devastating chemical weapon attacks in the U.S., first in Texas and then in California, both of which appeared to have been carried out by Islamic terror groups, America–and, unbeknownst to them, Russia–are left searching for answers. 

Russia furiously investigates how terrorists got their hands on New Archangel, realizing that Doctor Volodin may be selling it on the black market. If that’s true, and the attacks on American soil were the result of their chemical weapons, there will undoubtedly be swift and catastrophic repercussions, which they hope to avoid.

Meanwhile, America’s intelligence agencies track their only lead to Alaska and call on Quinn to find Volodin and get answers before it’s too late.

As America burns with the fear of continued attacks, all eyes turn to Jericho Quinn to once again save the day. But this time, the odds are stacked against him more than ever before, as the situation becomes additionally complicated when it’s revealed that Volodin is suffering from dementia.

Even if Quinn can locate the scientist with enough time to stop any more planned attacks, there’s a very real possibility that Volodin won’t remember anything about the chemical agent he created, or who has it.

While longtime readers will benefit from having read previous books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy this story. Newcomers will get up to speed on Quinn and his past events rather quickly as Cameron, one of the genre’s most underrated authors, does a nice job referencing Jericho’s backstory without slowing down the plot.

With vivid locations and descriptions, a plot that moves at breakneck speeds, and more than enough action to keep your adrenaline pumping throughout, Field of Fire is Marc Cameron’s best novel yet.

Book Details

Series: Jericho Quinn #7
Pages: 448 (Paperback)
ISBN: 0786038926
Publisher: Pinnacle 
Release Date: December 27, 2016 (Order Now!)

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