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Pandora's Succession (An International Spy Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Russell Brooks
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For fans of Barry Eisler, Robert Ludlum, and Clive Cussler.

The deadliest weapon against mankind has been unleashed!

CIA operative, Ridley Fox, never stopped hunting his fiancée's killers--a weapons consortium called The Arms Of Ares. When Fox follows a lead to one of their top-secret bioweapons facilities in Chechnya, he barely escapes alive. However, he's learned that Ares has weaponized a hyper-deadly microbe called Pandora. The trail leads Fox to Tokyo, where he teams up with an old flame and fellow operative, Nita Parris. Aside from Ares, they must contend with rogue agents who'll stop at nothing to get Pandora. This throws Fox and Parris into a deadly game of spy vs spy, as they must rely on each other to locate Pandora. For if it's unleashed, it could mean the end of humanity.


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"PANDORA'S SUCCESSION is not one that women will have to wonder if men will read it...they just have to make sure they are able to download their own copy!" -- Cyrus Webb, Conversation Magazine

"A superb non-stop action thriller" -- Milo's Rambles (UK)

"A 40 frames per second video type experience right into your brain."

"This book had so many twists and turns that I think I came out of it with whiplash!"

"Masterfully-written, action-filled thriller"

"A Surprising Page Turner"

About the Author

Russell Brooks is the author of Pandora's SuccessionUnsavory Delicacies, and Chill Run. He considers himself fortunate to have been selected to the Canadian Track Team in the 100 metre and 200 metre sprint events and have his degree in Biology from Indiana University. As for his books, Russell has been compared to a young Robert Ludlum. His books have also attracted fans of New York Times bestselling author Barry Eisler.

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  • File Size: 602 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00486U6O2
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Action-packed adventure! November 12, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Imagine a biological weapon so incredibly powerful, it can "eat" through a human in mere minutes. Now imagine that weapon in the hands of a terrorist, a terrorist so elusive and terrifying you don't even know where to start looking. Ridley Fox finds himself in the position of hunting down this weapon, and he is misled every step of the way. Never knowing who to trust, he is led on a whirlwind adventure to try to take control of this deadly weapon in order to safeguard all of humanity. Every time Ridley thinks he's made progress, there is a another surprise waiting to smack him upside the head and keep him on the chase. Time is running out; will he be able to accomplish his mission? Or will most of the world be wiped out by a cloud of red?

Russell Brooks has created an action thriller that is immediately engaging, as well as terrifying, quickly drawing in readers. This fast-paced adventure offers a different take on bioterrorism and its potential uses. The results are altogether scary, as you find yourself pondering the potential reality of this plot. This book reads like it was meant to be an action-packed thriller on the silver screen. It is pretty well-edited and the writing is clean and easy to read. The book moves along quickly, but some of the pacing seemed a bit "off" for me. Some of the secrets were revealed a little earlier than I would have expected, and something about the pacing of character introductions threw me off a little. I can't quite put a finger on what it was, but it just didn't "flow" as well as I would have liked.

Although I think that would make a fabulous and entrancing movie- one I would surely line up to see- it left me a little cold as a book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive action/thriller debut November 2, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Pandora's Succession throws you straight into the action from the opening scene. This thriller follows Operative Ridley Fox as he chases the group who have developed Pandora, a deadly bio-weapon. It's also a personal mission for Ridley, the extremist group murdered his fiance and he wants revenge on those who ordered her killed. Yet things are not all they seem, another shadowy group emerges with a deadly Promise, and Ridley doesn't know who to trust.
The first chapter of Pandora's Succession really drew me into the book, it's fast-paced with an intriguing hook and it gives you a good sense of who Ridley is and what the story is all about. It's a traditional espionage tale involving secret miltary agencies and extreme factions who plan to take over the world. The familiarity of the storyline gives it credibility, Pandora and Clarity are both terrifying bio weapons, and it's easy to imagine that they exist. The plot works well, the pace is fast and escalates to a climatic finale. The tangents and misdirections that are part of the story pull together neatly by the conclusion and I think Russell has room to move if he decides to create a sequel with Ridley and Parris.
Fox could be an action hero cliche, however Brooks has built upon the stereotype to develop an appealing character. Though tough and determined, we are shown his vulnerabilities as well. I liked his wise ass attitude, and felt his voice was distinct.
I'm not sure Parris is as well developed, despite the background we have for her, I felt her part in the story could have been stronger and more deftly weaved into the storyline.
The villians are interesting, there are several groups and individuals that serve as suspects and Brooks maintains the suspicion and tension well.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A suspensful biological warfare thriller November 21, 2010
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Format:Kindle Edition
After the death of his fiancé, CIA operative, Ridley Fox makes a decision to hunt the killers. Blaming his own ineptness, knowing he should have understood that danger, he goes in deep to uncover their plot and gather his revenge at the same time. The Arms of Ares which he knows as a terrorist group as well as the murderer of his fiancé has set in motion a plot to gain control of the world. He has received information that they have come into possession of a biological weapon called Pandora. In receiving the intelligence necessary to track down one of the labs he is not only compromised but also captured by the killers. Rescued by the wife of one of the biologists involved in the experimentation and later killed, he finds that Ares has infiltrated many of the top organizations of the world, including British and Russian intelligence. Fox tries to secure more information and learn if there are more labs or facilities working on the project but she is killed before he gets the information.

As he communicates within his organization he is also introduced to a Dr. Marx, one of several other Biologists in the CDC with knowledge of the Pandora organism. What he learns causes him and his superiors alarm; this weapon can destroy the world as they know it. In the hands of the Arms of Ares, the entire world is in danger. Following the leads and tracking the sources Ridley Fox, known as a renegade in his organization, finds himself in a position to view the result of this weapon first hand when one of his only friends is killed in action, during a raid on one of the facilities. The organism feeds on DNA and so far they have not found a way to stop the process. They must find a way of destroying Pandora before it can be used to create worldwide devastation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Thriller
I tend to enjoy a good action-packed thriller, and this one was no exception, even if the ending feels somewhat abrupt.
Published 5 days ago by J. Gallen
4.0 out of 5 stars Read IT, if you like action, NOW
It's a thriller for sure, lots of action, intrigue , and interesting match ups.

I think it is more a mans book, but some woman may like it.
Published 26 days ago by Gerard R Pellegrino
4.0 out of 5 stars Deadly virus on the loose, who do you run to?
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Fox is trying his best to have a normal life, but the bad guys just keep coming. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kristin A. Scearce
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Continuing exploits of Ridley Fox. Good suspense and turns with some unexpected twists and turns. It is an easy read.
Published 2 months ago by TCM
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Thriller
This is a really good story about a deadly virus, Pandora, which has existed for some time, but, after modifications, is now being marketed to terrorists and other equally... Read more
Published 2 months ago by KMT
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
This book was a good read. It kept my attention and had a good plot. I would read more of books by Russell Brooks.
Published 2 months ago by Margie Conner
4.0 out of 5 stars A great science fiction.
I originally thought this was going to be either a spin off of a past myth or dwell on a religious theme. Instead it was a great story that fit our on going times.
Published 2 months ago by jerbear
4.0 out of 5 stars Great action
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is definitely a book for action/thriller lovers. But it is also one that men AND females will love. Read more
Published 2 months ago by m pollard
3.0 out of 5 stars A Complicated Plot
Any thriller involving the KGB, the CIA and various other criminal organisations will usually be a good read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shirley Ford
3.0 out of 5 stars Pandora 's Succession
I rated the book a 3. It's a very good mystery/thriller. But at times I lost interest. Once I read a few more chapters l found interest again.
Published 3 months ago by Deborah Hughey
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More About the Author

Russell Brooks is the author of three thrillers--Pandora's Succession, Unsavory Delicacies, and Chill Run. His fourth,The Demeter Code--which is the sequel to Pandora's Succession--will arrive sometime in 2014.

Russell's a former Indiana Hoosier Track Champion and Canadian Track Team member in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, and the 4x100 meter relay. He has written several essays on his blog, The Big Picture, one of which was published in the online Op-Ed section of the National Post in early 2009. He was also recently seen on the morning TV show, Mornin' Barbados

You can learn more about Russell Brooks at www.russellparkway.com.

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