Friday, November 20, 2009
A chilling thriller - The Solomon Effect by C.S. Harris
(Sometimes you just need to broaden your reading horizons, or have someone broaden them for you! Pam Jaffee at Harper Collins recommended this book to me, and I'm so glad she did! Thanks for the nudge, Pam!)
At the end of World War II, Germany was trying to save any of their scientific experiments by sending the information and equipment to Japan, usually on their fleet of U-boats. But what happened to all this sensitive material if the submarine was sunk by the Allies? And what happens when present-day salvagers pull these vessels up from their watery graves? Could secrets from 60 years ago be still devastating today?
These are some of the questions posed in “The Solomon Effect,” a thrilling new suspense novel by C.S. Graham. And the answers are quite chilling.
A German U-boat, which has been under surveillance by the US government for decades suddenly comes up missing. When all other avenues to find it fail, Ensign October “Tobie” Guinness is called upon to use her unusual gifts as a “remote viewer” to try and locate the missing sub. Tobie is able to “see” in her mind clues to the location, but feels she can get a better hold on the exact details if she were to go to the area in order to collect more information.
Problem is…it’s in Russia.
Perpetually in the doghouse with his superiors, CIA Agent Jax Alexander is assigned to also go along with Tobie to guide and protect her. Skeptical of her talents, Jax feels more like a babysitter than a government operative, but when Tobie’s “visions” lead them to a problem bigger than anyone could have imagined, a problem of epic proportions, Jax soon becomes a believer.
Chasing the cargo of the Nazi U-boat, being chased by the bad guys involved with its theft, and dashing through Russia, Germany, Lebanon, and the US, Jax and Tobie race against the clock to stop what the Germans called “The Sword of Solomon,” a secret that could be potentially devastating to the entire world.
Normally, I’m not a huge fan of thriller/suspense novels, but I was utterly fascinated by “The Solomon Effect.” It was fast paced, didn’t drown in technical descriptions, and was a well-craft, riveting story.
Author C.S. Harris is the husband/wife team of Steve Harris and Candice Proctor. Combining Harris’ expertise in national intelligence and Proctor’s gift for historical research with their combined writing skills, this duo has created a fascinating series. (an interesting side-note, Candice Proctor taught at Midwestern State University, my alma mater, for a time during her academic career.) Their first novel featuring remote viewer Tobie Guinness and CIA agent Jax Alexander, “The Archangel Project” was released in 2008 to critical acclaim, and future stories of this dynamic couple are upcoming.