Sunday, October 31, 2010

SCAREFEST Review: Velocity by Alan Jacobson

Velocity, the third novel featuring FBI Profiler Karen Vail, is a high octane thriller that Michael Connelly describes as "Relentless as a bullet" from  the first page. In keeping with Alan Jacobson's page-turning style, Velocity is a memorable work with rich, believable characters and an intricately plotted story that's well-researched and fitting for today's times. It's more than a novel. It's a mind-bending emotional roller coaster adventure.

Renowned FBI profiler Karen Vail returns in Velocity, national bestselling author Alan Jacobson’s most explosive thriller to date. Detective Robby Hernandez, Vail’s boyfriend, has vanished into the dense air of a Napa Valley evening. There are no clues to his whereabouts, other than a blood stain and tenuous connections to a vicious serial killer operating in the wine country.

As the task force struggles with Robby’s disappearance, the killer challenges Vail by boldly leaving his high profile victims in public places. Is this offender somehow responsible for Robby’s disappearance? Evidence suggests that he is—but just when Vail and the task force begin to make progress, the FBI orders Vail to return to Quantico to handle a case of vital importance. 

Back in Washington, Vail engages covert government operative Hector DeSantos to determine what happened to Robby. It’s a move that backfires when DeSantos’s confidential informants lead them into unforeseen dangers, forcing Vail to face off against powerful foes unlike any she’s ever encountered, threatening her life, her career…all that she holds dear.

In a frantic race against time that takes them from the monuments of Washington, D.C., to the wealthy beach enclaves of San Diego and the bright excesses of Las Vegas, shocking truths emerge—truths that will forever change Karen Vail.
From Alan's website

Velocity is non-stop, heart-pumping suspense.  I found Alan's writing to be similar to James Patterson (this is a huge compliment because James Patterson is one of my favorite authors).  The story has a flow about it that makes you unable to sit it down.  Karen Vail is going right up there with Alex Cross on my list!  Velocity is a really great book!

Vanguard Press
October 5, 2010
400 pages
$25.95 US

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for free.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you make a purchase using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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