A deadly virus is on its way to Canada. This alarming news reaches the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) via the Ukrainian Embassy in Ottawa. The only information they have are the virus's source - a dismantled lab in the Carpathian Mountains and the suspected shipping company, Ship Me Safely. CSIS asks Tamara Smith, the daughter of murdered political refugees, to become a mole inside Ship Me Safely, where she is a PR director. At thirty-two, beautiful and kind-hearted Tamara is just settling in London, Ontario when CSIS pressures her to report the company's activities. As a reluctant CSIS recruit learning to spy, Tamara hits many roadblocks: her controller's disappearance, the hostility of some CSIS members, her abduction at gunpoint, and the presence of Nekton, a man who would stop at nothing to get hold of Blackpox. This new virus combines the contagiousness of Smallpox with Ebola's ease of propagation making for a deadly combination. As a new CSIS agent Tamara moves from her comfort zone to a world filled with deception, treachery and life-threatening danger.
About the AuthorRene Natan (aka Irene Gargantini) has authored several short stories, six novels of the romantic suspense genre (Mountains of Dawn, Cross of Sapphires, The Collage, Operation Woman in Black, The Red Manor), and one thriller, The Jungfrau Watch. Together with Sharon Crawford (under the nom de plume R. S. Natanevin) she has recently penned the novella Fire Underneath the Ice, a tale of misplaced resentment, passion and adventure. A former professor with The University of Western Ontario, Rene Natan makes her home in Strathroy, Ontario.
My Take on the Book
Whenever I watched the James Bond 007 movies, I also imagined what it would take to be a secret agent for my country, and all of the adventures that I would have in the role of saving my country day in and out. I must not be the only person who enjoys thinking like this as I have come to see many movie and book plots that have continued with this same idea.
In this book, the reader is introduced to Tamars who ends up having to work to save her own country - though she was unaware that the job that she was hired to do would do just that.
This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, and if you are at all like me you will not be able to put the book down (can you say, mom... one more chapter...please!). What ended up making me come back for more was not only the action and suspense, but also the characters themselves. The author has done a great job at building strong characters that you can relate to and you feel for. You will continue to ask yourself, how will this operation, and this novel end! I highly recommend!
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