3 out of 4 stars
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When a high speed car chase on the Pacific Coast Highway leads to the discovery of a case full of enriched uranium, FBI Agents Nick Bracco and Matt McColm are brought in to investigate. Quickly discovering that there is a continuing threat from a rogue Russian agent known as The Machine, Nick calls on his cousin Tommy to use his mafia connections to try and track down The Machine and who he is working with. The chase becomes a race against the clock to stop The Machine before he sets off his nuclear bomb in California.
A Touch of Terror by Gary Ponzo is an exciting book from beginning to end. It has a fast pace that never lets up all the way to the thrilling conclusion. I was immediately drawn into the story with the gripping opening where a scared college student tries to evade the police. The plot has many twists and turns. There were even a few chapters that ended in cliffhangers that made me want to keep reading so I could find out what happened to a character. At times, I even had to stop myself from skipping ahead.
My favorite thing about this book is that some of the characters are criminals and former criminals who help with finding and stopping The Machine. I like books and TV shows that use that element as it always makes for interesting characters. It’s a great way of showing the different sides of people and that even criminals can have a line they won’t cross, which leads to them helping law enforcement.
There were, unfortunately, more than ten editing errors. I stopped counting at 16, but I was almost three quarters through the book, so in my opinion the editing was good. However, there were still too many errors, and I have to take away a star.
Overall, there was nothing I disliked about this book except for those errors, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I can see why Gary Ponzo is an award winning author. A Touch of Terror is the sixth book in the Nick Bracco Thriller series, and I will definitely be reading the others. My final rating for this book is 3 out of 4 stars, but if the editing mistakes were fixed, I would definitely change my rating to 4 stars. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys action thrillers. There were a few bloody scenes but nothing particularly graphic, so this book would be appropriate for readers as young as 18.
A Touch of Terror
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