This novel is a continuation of the story begun in Centralia. If you have not read that book, I do recommend you do so before reading this one. Jed thinks he and his family are free from the secret government operation, living in seclusion in the mountains. He soon faces the truth that his location is known. His daughter is abducted and used as leverage to make him use his assassination skills.
Dellosso's writing expertise lies in creating a virtual reality that is so realistic we are not sure if what we are reading is supposed to be actual events happening or only the impression of them. We are swept up with Jed in trying to separate the real from the created. This links with the purpose of the Centralia project of mind control.
I have liked Dellosso's books. Unfortunately, this is my least liked so far. I found the action repetitive. Jed is made to go to this place to get directions to go to that place to finally end up in another place. Each stop finds action similar to the one before. Battered and bruised, Jed yet again outwits and outfights another enemy. The action and facilities at Alcatraz were just beyond reasonable belief.
There were other scenes I found beyond belief. The worst was the assassination location with the assassin inside left approachable. You mean with all the resources Centralia had they would leave such a crucial location unguarded? I don't think so. There was also a scene just for effect that was not tidied up – Karen being stopped by the state patrol.
I appreciate Dellosso's writing and I will continue to read his novels, trusting that future ones will have tighter action and scenes that adhere to a greater sense of possibility (the scenes representing actual reality, not virtual reality).
My rating: 3/5 stars.
Tyndale House Publishers, 416 pages.