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Speed the Dawn (A Donovan Nash Thriller) Hardcover – March 6, 2018
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“This is a story so energetic and realistically portrayed that smoke seems to drift from the book’s pages. With whirlwind, high-tension action, Speed the Dawn is a quintessential disaster novel and a high-concept thriller.” ―Foreword Reviews
“This action-packed narrative will keep the reader on the edge of their seat, turning page after page. This novel… is constantly in motion, and thriller fans will be delighted.” ―InD’Tale Magazine
“Powerful, unrelenting action drives Donlay’s eighth adventure novel… few thriller fans will be able to resist the breakneck pace.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Nonstop action with a scientific base from the reliably readable Donlay.” ―Booklist
“If you want to experience terror, this is where to get it. Donlay is a fantastic writer… so emotional and vibrant with his words. [Donovan Nash] is one character who continues to get better and better as time moves forward.” ―Suspense Magazine
“Fast paced, spellbinding, and packed with exhilarating thrills and chills, Speed the Dawn is a well-written and electrifying novel.”―New York Journal of Books
Praise for the Donovan Nash series:
"Authors like Philip Donlay, who write the pure thrillers, have capabilities and strength I can only envy. Great pacing and twists. Bravo!" ―William Kent Krueger, Edgar Award-winning and New York Times best-selling author
"[Deadly Echoes] is a heart-thumping ride that steams along, bringing our flawed world into pristine focus. Lots of mischief and mayhem, the characters fraught with danger, the plot hitting all the right notes." ―Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author
"Donovan Nash is back―and is he ever. In Aftershock…tense action, crisp dialog, and cool high-tech toys drive the story. Oh, and there's even an erupting volcano. A great read." ―D. P. Lyle, award-winning author
"Fans of Michael Crichton will not want to miss Deadly Echoes. Well researched and supremely entertaining, Philip Donlay has knocked this one out of the park!" ―Ward Larsen, USA Today best-selling author
"Philip Donlay's new thriller, Zero Separation, is a timely and terrifying roller-coaster ride depicting the realities of the post-9/11 world." ―Sheldon Siegel, New York Times best-selling author
"In [Aftershock], Donlay checks all the boxes of the genre: strong male lead (with an unlimited bank account, no less), capable friends with appropriate skills, and a lightning-fast pace." ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
As a young man, Philip Donlay's life was shaped by two distinct events. At the age of seventeen, he earned his pilot's license, and at eighteen was published in a national aviation magazine. The combination of these two passions: flying and writing, has led to successful careers as both a professional pilot and best-selling novelist.
Donlay has been a flight instructor, flown a private jet for a Saudi prince, and for twenty-eight years flew a corporate jet for a Fortune 500 company. His travels have taken him to over forty countries on five continents. He divides his time between Montana and the Pacific Northwest. Speed the Dawn is his eighth thriller in the best-selling Donovan Nash series.
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And, yes, Mr. Donlay, we'd love another book ( or 2 or 3 or 4 or more!) in this series ...please.
Every Donovan Nash thriller that comes out becomes my favorite, and this one did not disappoint. How each book gets better and better is just shear genius! Chapter one, third sentence in, you are on the edge of your seat when hot meteor fragments are piercing the hull of the airplane and the people in it! Then by air, by sea, by land, he doesn’t let you go until the end of the book! The terror of being trapped, trying to find our loved ones, then trying escape with your lives, dealing with the injuries and the elements and the evil that disaster brings. The twists and turns in each leg of this adventure keeps you turning the next page to find out what happens next. Meanwhile Donovan’s wife, who is desperately trying to find her husband, is trying to save millions of lives with a plan if not executed property could kill millions, only to have the government turn on her. Fast moving, full of excitement, and the terror that comes with a natural disaster. You just can’t put it down!
I love a book that immediately pulls me in and "Speed the Dawn" does just that. I raced through the first 150 pages without stopping, realized I wasn't really absorbing the whole story and went back and began again. The "problem" is that the chapters alternate between Lauren and Donovan so I always want to get to the next chapter for each character. The details make you feel like you're in the middle of the action, and the characters are familiar faces struggling to survive.
I can't wait for the next book. Note to author: Please write faster.
Speed the Dawn is the eighth book in the Donovan Nash series of thrillers, and like the other seven, it is good, solid entertainment. It’s important to note that it’s not necessary to read the Donovan Nash books in any particular order. Donlay gives enough back story in each book to make it complete in itself.
I won’t give a synopsis; but I will give you my impression. Like all of Donlay’s books, the story opens with fast action, and he keeps up the pace. Now imagine an event—an extraordinary event—that happens on an ordinary day. A meteor soars undetected through Earth’s atmosphere, takes out some vital satellites on its way towards crashing in the ocean off the coast of northern California, where Donovan Nash happens to be visiting, and triggers natural disasters: a tsunami that pounds the coast and wildfires, ignited by burning satellite debris pelting drought-stricken, tinder-dry forests, that rapidly devour the surrounding hillsides. Pandemonium follows, and night falls. This catastrophic event brings out the best and the worst in people and government. With no time to rest, separated from his family, Donovan Nash must escape death with little more than his wits, help from a companion, and a prayer.
Donlay spares strong language in his books, except for occasional use where it’s realistic, and he avoids sex scenes. His stories don’t rely on them. I find that refreshing. If you are familiar with the Donovan Nash series, add this to your collection. It may very well be the best one yet. If you are not familiar with the series, start here, then backtrack. The only bad thing about this story is, it could really happen.