Sunday, 9 October 2016
Tears of the West
In it York explores the terrifying possibility of biological warfare.
The source of inspiration for this novel? His wife's makeup bag.
He happened to glance at the long list of chemical ingredients in them and began to wonder who, if anyone, was monitoring the contents of the various makeup products?
How easy would it be, he mused, to secretly begin adding toxic agents into the products?
The novel follows Dee, a postgrad student who is working on her PhD thesis at Imperial College London.
The title of her thesis? "Is Nanotechnology being Properly Controlled?"
She begins to investigate the growing number of potentially dangerous nanoparticles that some cosmetic firms, but one in particular, are starting to use.
She realises that something is wrong. The nanoparticles' composition is unlike anything she has ever seen before, so she decides to call upon the assistance of two people, a friend of hers and a tutor.
Soon afterwards, both are found dead.
However, it seems that the people behind the murders might be accused of a lack of due diligence in that Dee's godfather Colonel John Harriman is a retired SAS officer. And SAS officers never, really, retire...
The Colonel readily agrees to help Dee in her investigations and they make a horrifying discovery.
Meanwhile the CIA is also running an investigation into the cosmetic nanoparticles as they are concerned that the ingredients discovered in some cosmetics could severely impact fertility.
The true and horrific nature of the plot is discovered when they uncover a link to al-Qaeda.
A manhunt is triggered to uncover those behind the plot. But is it to late to stop their nefarious scheme?
This book is published by Matador at £8.99 and is a great Christmas gift for lovers of adventure fiction.
You can buy it from the That's Books and Entertainment book shop, just to the right of this book review.