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Pandora's Succession (An International Spy Thriller) (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Russell Brooks
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 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.

Editorial Reviews


"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."

"Russians, chemical warfare, egos the size of a large country, psychotic maniacs, and a CIA agent who gives as good as he gets (and then some) are just part of what makes this a great thriller." -- Cathy Speight, Book Reviewer.

"Masterfully-written, action-filled thriller"

"A Surprising Page Turner"

From the Author

The Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series:

1. Pandora's Succession
2. Unsavory Delicacies
3. The Demeter Code.


1. Chill Run

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  • File Size: 2254 KB
  • Print Length: 283 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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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 Hard to put down
Very good story, and given our current global tensions, not too far of a stretch to be believable. There are some periods that needed to be fleshed out in the story, but overall a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Absentminded
*A Copy of this Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review

This is without doubt capable of being written as a a five star work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Derek White
3.0 out of 5 stars pandora
This was a rough book to get through. Several times I just wanted to stop reading because I was bored, but I pushed myself to keep going. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
'Pandora's Succession' is a great spy thriller. The storyline was well written and pulled me in from the beginning. The way it played out was awesome. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Denise Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great plot with some unexpected twists. A good read.
Published 5 months ago by R. Shayo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good story line
Published 6 months ago by pat
4.0 out of 5 stars Mind games
A really fascinating story and one that held my interest from the very beginning to the end. I liked this book.
Published 7 months ago by Bob
4.0 out of 5 stars never a dull page
I never knew good gutsy from bad guys . Twists and turns on every page. This will not be my last Russell Brooks novel.
Published 10 months ago by Jerry L. Luedecke
4.0 out of 5 stars Action
This story is non stop action. Some of the story has gaps in the storyline but a good read-loved it.
Published 12 months ago by Philip L. Eads
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-Stop Action!
His partner stood beside the open briefcase. "You couldn't have been more perfect." He took the fluorescent-green vial and let it drop gently on the ground without... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Martha A. Cheves
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More About the Author

Russell Brooks is the author of four thrillers--Pandora's Succession, Unsavory Delicacies, Chill Run, and The Demeter Code.

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

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