When there’s nothing left to lose, there’s no limit to what you’ll risk.
Jake Parker’s world collapsed with the violent death of his wife during a police-led raid. In the awful aftermath, he hung up his detective’s badge for good. Now ex-military, ex-police, he has embraced a simple civilian life. But when a deadly new disease begins to threaten American lives, Jake is dragged out of his self-imposed retirement.
When a young family at a remote detention center die from a mysterious illness, Jake is contacted by a government official to launch a covert investigation. An unknown disease has entered the system, causing agonizing death and visible signs of blood pooling beneath the skin, and it seems to be spreading. If Jake can’t get on the ground quickly to eliminate the threat before it becomes an epidemic, countless more innocent lives could be at risk.
With the help of medical professor Eliza Mendoza, Jake heads to the border, but what they uncover there is evidence that this devastating disease is man-made, and part of a calculated plot aimed right at the heart of government. With powerful forces ranged against him, Jake must use all his ingenuity to bring down the ruthless organization behind the attack. Failure is not an option.
Containment by Nick Thacker is an action packed thriller that will keep you up at night furiously flipping through the pages and it will cost you a very sleepless night as you rush to the explosive finale. There is nothing better than reading about a potential pandemic while in the midst of Covid19.
Jake Parker is ex-military and ex Boston PD currently hired by Derek Briggs, Director of ICE, regarding a highly classified matter. A young family took a run turn into the United States and landed in hot water with immigration and later turned up dead from a mysterious illness. Parker is tasked with ferreting out the cause and putting a stop to something deadly that could have some serious repercussions. Parker, along with his ex police partner, Beau Shaw and scientist Eliza Mendoza race against time to stop a disease from throwing the government into complete chaos.
I wasn’t really sure how this story was going to go and I was kind of afraid it would get too political to the point of being a bunch of ranting about the government. While the story touched on some hot button issues like immigration, racism, systemic racism and white privilege, the story never veered into SJW territory, thank God or I may have thrown my kindle across the room. Nick Thacker really did drive a point home about our current state of affairs and a lot about what American citizens have been complaining about and fighting for especially when it comes to immigration. Thacker did it in a way that lets readers come to their own conclusions without force feeding us his view which is a huge relief to me.
The story is intense and very action packed. The chapters are short oftentimes leaving you at a cliffhanger and forcing you to read another chapter. If you are anything like me you just have to know what comes next! Needless to say I was still up at 5am reading this story. Although I did figure out who was behind it all pretty early on in the story, it still did not take away from my enjoyment and actually made me realize I should probably be reading more action books as they really do get my heart pumping.
I liked Jake Parker as a character. He is well written but I think we barely scratched the surface about his life and his inner turmoil over the death of his wife. Eliza seems like a potential love interest and it is touched upon slightly in this story. So I would definitely love to see how their friendship progresses in later installments in this brand new series.
Containment is fast paced, heart pounding and frightening. This is a story that can be all too real! If you like a fast moving story then you will definitely want to give this one a try.