Brian Drake has been making a name for himself as an author of action/adventure novels for the past few years. TERMINAL MEMORY is the first book in his latest series and features Sam Raven, a former CIA agent who has left the Company and become a sort-of-freelance vigilante for hire, due to some mysterious tragedy in his life.
After a short section that introduces Raven and has him rescuing a kidnap
victim, the main storyline of this book involves a more personal mission.
Several years before this book opens, while Raven was still working for the
CIA, he and four fellow agents were involved in a mission in Afghanistan that
saw them captured and tortured by terrorists. Now three of those former agents
are dead, leaving just Raven and his traumatized former lover Mara Cole. It’s
up to Raven to find Mara, keep both of them from getting killed, discover who’s
behind this apparent vendetta and why, and deliver some swift and deadly
justice to them.
I really enjoyed this book. Too many contemporary thrillers suffer from a bad case of bloat and are at least twice as long as their plots justify. Not so TERMINAL MEMORY. Drake doesn’t waste a word and keeps things moving at a very fast pace most of the time. When the characters do slow down to take a breath, those scenes are well-written, too. There are two more Sam Raven novels out already, and I look forward to reading them. If you’re an action/adventure fan, TERMINAL MEMORY gets a high recommendation from me.