The Solomon Effect (Jax Alexander Mystery #2)

The Solomon Effect (Jax Alexander Mystery #2)➶ [Reading] ➸ The Solomon Effect (Jax Alexander Mystery #2) By C.S. Graham ➫ – A German U boat lost in the final days of the Second World War rested silent and dead in the deep waters off the Russian coast for than half a century—carrying a cargo too terrifying to contemplate A German U boat lost in the final days of the Second World War rested silent and dead in the deep waters off the Russian coast for than half a century—carrying a cargo too terrifying to contemplate Now it has been found and its terrible treasure The Solomon eBook ✓ liberated by those who would set the world on fireA remote viewer working in top secret for the US government October Guinness can see events occurring on the other side of the globe But she and her loose cannon partner CIA agent Jax Alexander—who uestions the validity of Tobie's gift—have arrived too late to prevent a bloodbath and perhaps the Apocalypse as well Now every second brings the unthinkable a step closer—and places Tobie and Jax in the gunsights of powerful enemies in frighteningly high places—as they race to connect the dots between an impending catastrophe and a nightmare cultivated decades earlier by Nazi scientists with an evil agenda about to become all too real. The first book in this series The Archangel Project was a wonderfully evocative and addictive thriller set in New Orleans Written by authors who knew the city intimately it succeeded in using the city's neighborhoods and museums to give life to an exciting mix of spies terrorists bureaucrats the paranormal and the city's problems after Hurricane Katrina It grabbed you and kept hold of you until the last pageI was therefore eagerly awaiting the second book in the series and was not disappointed Although not set in New Orleans it continues and expands upon the same mix of secret agents and paranormal powers This time Nazis lost German submarines and the fall of the Soviet Union are thrown into the mix giving the story an international scope and exciting exotic feelIn a manner slightly suggestive of Dan Brown the authors base much of their work on real events Additionally the authors mine their personal experience in military intelligence and in writing historical mysteries When they add fictional elements to the story they create a book so rooted in reality that you want to believe it's trueIt's a great read and I eagerly await the next one in the series 35 stars Fun to read Very plot driven roller coaster of a book The Solomon Effect 2009 371 pages by C S GrahamI picked this book up at a Borders that was closing and got it for 70 or 80% off Without the steep discount I never would have looked at Graham The book turned out to be really riveting I flew through it The science fiction y part of the book is remote viewing and the sword of Solomon CIA man Jax Alexander and remote viewer October Guiness are looking into the disappearance of some cargo of a salvaged WW II era Nazi sub Jax is sent to investigate the sub that Tobie has seen in her viewing All the essential agents are sent on real missions and Jax is stuck with what is likely a wild goose chase Tobie petitions her boss to go into the field The two of them working together strive to thwart the terrorist plotI really enjoyed it and thought it was excellent After finishing I thought it reminded me of how a crime drama TV show or movie is written It may be a little formulaic Of course there are formulas because they work The science fiction was a minor point in the book but it was still very enjoyable I really liked the Jax and Tobie characters A well written thriller who dun it With a race to save the world as we know it So a “fun” read What was most interesting was the notes telling us which parts were fiction and which were fact I am not so sure that the “facts” were chilling than the fiction CIA agent Jax Alexander has been shuffled off to Division Thirteen for being something of a loose cannon Division Thirteen gets odd assignments that often people don't want to be completed A Nazi U boat sunk during World War II has been pulled up by a Russian salvage boat whose captain plans to sell its cargo and also its pre 1945 steel which is better steel than that forged since the war due to all the radiation in the atmosphere The salvage boat captain and his crew are massacred but his teenage nephew manages to slip overboard triggering a manhunt determined to kill him too Jax is dispatched to Russia to find out about its cargo supposedly a lot of Nazi gold Also added to the trip to Jax's displeasure is October or Tobie Guinness a 25 year old Navy ensign who also happens to be a talented remote viewer But Jax doesn't really believe in remote viewing even though Tobie has shown that it works though not all the time They soon begin to believe that the sub's cargo wasn't gold at all and that they've been deliberately misled by those at CIA headuarters who know better and don't want them to know Through some wild journeys and adventures sending them to Russia Germany Turkey and Lebanon they have to keep alive with numerous characters out to kill them and the people they want to interview They gradually build up a devastating picture and the deadline is a planned terrorist attack on Halloween Figuring out who the terrorists are and what their target is keeps them on their toes They also learn a lot about the less savory history of US government and some of its programs and projectsThe narration bounces around a bit following mostly Jax and Tobie but also several of the bad guys both the field agents and their backers I usually don't like it when the author makes us follow the bad guys as well as the protagonists but it works hereAt the end the author indicates which plot and information points are real and which are imaginary Several of the real ones give further readingRecommended but read The Archangel Project first It sets up the relationship between Jax and Tobie gets her back into the Navy Good latter day spy thrillerJust because the Cold War is over doesn't mean you still can't enjoy a good espionage thriller from time to time Although reading a book about a potential bio weapon retrovirus written the 2009 during the global pandemic of 2020 is interesting It's hard to read about a potential global plague without making comparisons to current events Which brings me to my one criticism of the book without being too spoilery there is virtually no explanation of how the virus is contained in the story Other than that it's the typical level of suspension of disbelief when months or years worth of investigation and analysis in the real world gets compressed into a few adrenaline packed days in a spy thriller That being said I still very much enjoy the series 35 starsAnother rip roaring race against a deadline thriller This time Tobie and Jax are running all over Russia and the Middle East trying to find out just what deadly cargo the Nazi sub was carrying when it was sunk at the end of WWII Tobie gets to show off her foreign language skills in this oneOnce again the bad guys are dramatically eliminated in ones and twos as the story progresses The reader knows who the big baddies are almost from the beginning The mystery is in identifying and tracking the sub's cargoI'm glad the authors put in a 'what's real' section at the end That was as fascinating and disturbing as the fictional story I like the format of this book short direct chapters which pushed the action forward and made it easy to read Well written in language that was clear and easy to understand I thought the plot worked and if you like actionspyCIA type stories you will like this one You expect that the heroes will kill people and that happened here but I thought it was treated a little too casually instead of the gut wrenching event that it probably really is even for spies Overall I like the book Published 2009 Standard mystery thriller Not enough Nazis ha Formulaic but a fast and somewhat entertaining read

The Solomon Effect Kindle ´ The Solomon  eBook
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  • 400 pages
  • The Solomon Effect (Jax Alexander Mystery #2)
  • C.S. Graham
  • English
  • 21 January 2016
  • 9780061689352