3 out of 4 stars
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Rodney Best, a top member of Jason Boulez’s security team, was on duty the night Steve Ross and Jim Ragan paid a visit to his boss’ communication building uninvited. Jason Boulez was one of the people whose movement, business, and communication were closely monitored by the American security forces. He was a billionaire of Algerian descent.
The Midas Effect by TM Nantier is a C/T/M/H novel that revolves around the activities of agent Steve Ross in unveiling the truth about billionaire Jason Boulez and his global shipping company. The novel has 400+ pages. The information that Steve and Jim uncovered from Boulez’s communication building revealed that a fleet of 40 ships, which belonged to Boulez, were involved in some type of business that was not quite clear to the security forces. Could Steve Ross brace himself to the task of finding more about Boulez’s businesses and motives?
This suspense-driven novel grabbed my attention right from the first page. I loved how the author moved from one adrenaline-packed scene to the next, without wavering from the flow of the plot. I watched as Beth moved from a bar to a party, and later found herself in the dangerous circle of Steve and Jim. The integration of Beth to the activities of the two agents was not without difficulties, but the author managed to merge the civilian (Beth) into the lives of the trained undercover agents. Since Rodney had noted the presence of the woman (Beth), he had no way of knowing if she was an agent or not. She had been listed as one of Boulez’s most wanted people. What could save her from their brutality?
I loved the scientific aspect of the book. I had several a-ha moments as I ‘interacted’ with the scientists in this book. Beth, the civilian mentioned above, was a microbiologist who played a fundamental role in Boulez’s case. Alejandro Peña, a scientist who had disappeared two years before Steve Ross began uncovering the activities of Boulez, mesmerized me with his wealth of scientific knowledge and research. He was also very brave. It is always amazing to learn what some well-articulated scientific maneuvers can do.
In my opinion, the cover page of the book does not give a clear picture of the book. The face of the woman (in the cover) gives a different (a romantic) notion to the book. Although the novel has a romance feature, it does not dominate its plot.
The book was not professionally edited. It has several errors (grammatical and typographical). Therefore, I gave The Midas Effect 3 out of 4 stars. I did not give it a lower score because it is very engaging. The scientific and technological (use of advanced technology in investigations) aspects of the book were very captivating. I recommend it to people who enjoy crime thrillers and investigative stories. For those who do not like reading books with gory scenes of murder, this is not the book for you.
The Midas Effect
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