Authors Showcase features the thrillers of Robert B. Lowe and Geoffrey Neil.
May 28, 2013
The Book: Project Moses
The Author: Robert B. Lowe
The story: Project Moses is the best-selling bioterrorism thriller filled with romance, suspense and humor that kicked off the Enzo Lee Mystery Thriller Series. Enzo Lee, 37, a burned out reporter, has forsaken investigative reporting on the East Coast to churn out feature fluff in San Francisco. He likes his North Beach apartment, steps away from his Chinatown roots. Running, tai chi, great food, women who are attracted to his exotic looks. Life is good.
Then, Lee’s comfortable life is shaken when he is ordered to cover the unexplained deaths of a local judge and prosecutor. Intrigued by the connection, and the judge’s attractive niece, Sarah Armstrong, Lee begins to uncover a bioterrorism scandal whose perpetrators – including government officials and Silicon Valley titans – will kill to conceal.
When Lee and Sarah become targets, the question becomes whether the pair can evade their hunters and piece together the story before their time runs out. Project Moses is set in San Francisco, New York and Silicon Valley. By a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
Review by JMT: Project Moses kept me engaged and in suspense from page 1 till the very end of the book. The author does a great job of drawing you into the storyline by giving the reader a complex but believable main character and by offering very specific details about the time and place of events (i.e. whether in San Francisco or New York, etc).
There are so many unexpected twists and sub-plots but not so much that the reader gets confused. The storyline (which deals with genetically modified foods and other substances) has a bit of a David and goliath feel to it, which of course has you rooting for the little guy. It’s definitely a good, easy read and I highly recommend this book.
Review by Tumbleweed: This was a good thriller with a tight – and all-too-possible plot – interesting characters and plenty of action. The story is about a company that ostensibly researches and manufactures genetically modified agricultural seeds to improve the quality of the food supply, but chooses to use their technology for a sinister – and infinitely more profitable – cause. Enzo Lee finds himself in the middle of this plot, trying to uncover the truth while evading a host of characters who would much rather see him permanently silenced. Together with Sarah Armstrong, the niece of a murdered judge, Enzo stubbornly refuses to drop his investigation until the truth about AgriGenics is uncovered.
This book was entertaining from the beginning until the very end, with numerous unexpected twists and turns that kept the plot evolving with every page. Mr. Lowe has done a great job writing his first book. I consider myself to be a picky reader, always on the alert for typos, grammatical errors and loose ends. Other than one or two very minor typos, there really isn’t a single thing wrong technically with this book. Recommended!
The Book: Human Resources
The Author: Geoffrey Neil
The Story: Some things are worse than getting fired! Beautiful business consultant, Morana Mahker, swoops in to rescue Innovative Menu Covers, Inc. from certain financial disaster. She cancels layoffs and dazzles everyone with her killer looks and corporate savvy–everyone except Lonnie Raiford.
Having worked years to establish a host of questionable perks for himself, Lonnie becomes furious when Morana tampers with his system. His concern is eclipsed when he and the other staff soon notice the over-the-top attention and affection Morana showers on Hugh Berish, Lonnie’s coworker and best friend.
As curiosity mounts about Morana’s intentions for Hugh, Lonnie embarks on a frantic investigation that uncovers Morana’s true identity and plans that are more terrifying than anyone at the company could have imagined. In a true test of friendship, Lonnie resorts to extreme measures in a desperate attempt to save Hugh from Morana’s horrific goal.
Review by Virginia Woolf: To begin with, “Human Resources” is a brilliant title. I won’t tell you why — I will leave it to you to find out as you become engrossed in this page-turner with a rather unusual plot.
I had been eagerly awaiting Mr. Neil’s second book, and it was worth the wait. He writes so fluidly and draws such distinct and clear characters. He is a master of unusual plots and has the easy writing style that immerses the reader in the story – of course, you can’t put the book down.
I am certain we are experiencing an emerging young author whose name will be with us for years to come as he turns out one intriguing thriller after another. His creative plots are astonishing. One wonders where they come from. And, if, indeed, the situation described in this book exists, Mr. Neil has a done a great job of drawing attention to it.
In his previous book, he made the reader think deeply about the homeless and made us examine out own attitudes and actions in dealing with that issue. Here, he draws a scenario that is difficult to believe exists. But, in these times, when so many will go to such great lengths for new and exotic experiences, one never knows. He has, again, created an engrossing story and has asked us once more to examine our own values.
Review by Hillie Burns: Geoff Neil has created a sinfully delectable read. The story flows across the mental palate, paced to perfection, allowing one to savor the different flavors of the story – humor, action, tension, shock, mystery, all prepared in a Chrichtonesque recipe. Take an unlikely hero, sprinkle in some technology and scientific zest to capture the imagination, spice it all up with a nemesis that sets your nerves afire with her ruthless cold-heartedness.
I mean to impart to you, my pleasure at having read this five star gourmet literary meal. Mr. Neil’s first book Dire Means – a delightful appetizer. Human Resources – a well-rounded meal. I am hungering for dessert, with Wanton Disregard. I can only hope that there is a nightcap planned as well! I encourage you to feast on Human Resources, but let me give you caution, if your nerves get your stomach all tied up with butterflies, you may want a bottle of Tums close at hand.