4 out of 4 stars
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Super Moon Protocol by J.T. Fluhart is a gripping story that involves secret government operations and cover-ups, violent cartels, and a shattered family trying to collect their pieces. The story unfolds through the lives of the Florchett family. In 1970, Joseph (Joe) Florchett was successfully rearing chicken for eggs and other financial benefits. He had earlier lost his marketing business when his biggest account, the Chow Company, a renowned animal feed manufacturer, mysteriously closed down. The mystery culminated on the night of November 14 during a rare moon event when Joe and his family suffered a vicious attack that almost ended their lives.
It is now 2020, and the same moon event is to reoccur. Rob (Robert) Florchett, Joe’s direct descendant, is a university student on the verge of losing his sanity. Like a family curse, the events of 1970 somehow follow him through crippling nightmares that prevent him from functioning. Rob's family also disintegrated, and he lost all contact with his parents and sister. He now seeks the help of Dr. Maria Sheltie to make sense of his mental state. This act proves to be the proverbial Pandora’s Box that he unwittingly opened. Before long, he is in a race for his life, fleeing from the CIA and the Mexican cartel. He begins to question his family's involvement with the two groups, the significance of 1970, and its implications in 2020.
The author does a perfect job in character introduction and build-up. In most cases, the author first describes the situation or activity a character is engaged in, then reveals his or her details like name and origin. The various scenes and settings are also in vivid descriptions that allow the reader to visualize and experience the writing. The book also employs creative use of metaphors and comparisons, like Rob comparing his friends and family situation to disappearing beer bubbles. The book also has elements of sarcasm and humor, making it quite an enjoyable read.
My favorite element is how the 1970 and 2020 stories cleverly connect. The book begins in 1970, giving slight hints of what occurred, and then evolves to 2020, where everything unfolds chronologically through Rob’s activities. I equally love how the author maintains suspense and anticipation throughout the read. The origin of what happened and how everything is related remains a mystery for most parts of the read. The details are in tantalizing bits, keeping one glued to the pages. There is nothing I found to dislike about the book. The characters are authentic, and you get to be in their shoes and sympathize with their situations.
Super Moon Protocol is excellently edited; I did not find any grammatical or spelling errors. The language used is intelligible and has minimal profanities. However, the book might not sit well with sensitive readers since it has gruesome depictions of sexual abuse and brutal murders. Super Moon Protocol takes one through a heartbreaking world of spies, factions, failed projects, cartel operations, advanced weaponry, and family ties. The conclusion left me desiring the next book in the sequel. It deserves a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend the read to those looking for a thrilling crime novel depicting the grim side of science and family secrets.
Super Moon Protocol
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