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I enjoyed the premise of Waterkill, its credible scientific foundation, and the authentic feel of its international locales, which made it easy to overlook some of the other formulaic aspects of this thriller. The quality of the writing and editing was also superior to what I see with most indie novels. That said, Mark Donovan has a tendency to tell instead of show and has room to improve the realism of his characters' dialogue. I look forward to seeing what he does with the rest of the Dave Henson series.
From Mark's own synopsis of his novel we read, ‘With the mysterious outbreak of a deadly disease in a Yemeni village, followed by an increase in terrorist chatter after the crash of a small airplane in eastern Alaska, CEO Dr. Dave Henson and colleague Ron Blackwell of NSurv Inc. are tapped by the Department of Homeland Security to locate the aircraft wreckage and its suspected deadly contents. While Henson and Blackwell are in the eastern mountains of Alaska helping the U.S. Border Patrol locate the missing aircraft and its contents, Dave’s wife, internationally known journalist Dana Cogswell, goes missing while covering another sudden and suspicious epidemic in a small town in Germany. Dave races from Alaska to Germany to rescue Dana and ends up on a quest to the Middle East to find her. Along the way he learns of a shocking betrayal of friendship and that the path to Dana ultimately leads to the terrorist leader behind the deadly outbreaks.’
One of the reasons this book works so well (asides form the fact that Mark Donovan is a very fine writer!) is his ability to take the sci-fi fantasy approach to very possible situations – a technique that makes his book glue the reader to the page. He also has manage in Dr Dave Henson to create a character about whom we care not only because of his near Holmesian ability to shed light on twisted problems and make them credible, but he is a ‘compleat’ man – with the ability to form bonds with other characters that are palpably strong.
Another reason, of course, that this particular book succeeds is the proximity to the truth of the environment tampering (witness the Porter Ranch, California disaster currently playing out) and the emphasis by the media on terrorist attacks. Mark has woven these threads well in making the final tapestry that leaves the reader hopeful that the Dave Henson Series will continue. A solid book, this. Grady Harp, February 16
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Author Mark J. Donovan's Waterkill will keep you on the edge of your seat.Read more