CAFG: Fiction, Adult, Novel, Sci-fi Thriller
Tempest Eugene Nesbit, who goes by the nick-name TEN, is an engineer working on a highly classified project. When his job is terminated without notice, the worst day of his life has just begun, and employment is the least of his worries. In the vernacular of a 20th century marketing pitch, “The Killing Machine” is truly ‘a gripping page-turner.’
A technological threat provides the setting for a fast-paced adventure filled with shadowy killers and government conspiracies as key scientists are hunted down and eliminated. With self-preservation and revenge as motivations, TEN learns the crafts of espionage on the fly. A quick and engaging read, “The Killing Machine” crosses the genres of science-fiction and mystery thriller with frightening plausibility.
I give The Killing Machine a 3.7 rating based on its entertainment value, characterizations and unexpected twists. A quick and easy read, the book is a cut above many of the indie-published tales I’ve read in the same vein. Offering the great American commodity of instant gratification, the book takes a hit for its absence of lasting, literary quality or social commentary. And a bit more editorial scrutiny might have pushed this closer to the 4.0 mark. Initially published by Seattle based Indie publisher, Booktrope, The Killing Machine is available in paperback and kindle formats on Amazon.
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