Waterkill by Mark Donovan


A downed Cessna aircraft carrying a deadly biochemical weapon deep in the Alaskan wilderness opens this technothriller from author Mark Donovan. The action heats up quickly as governmental agencies from Canada, the U.S., and a mysterious unknown force race to find the wrecked plane.

Dave Hensen and Ron Matthews, civilian colleagues called in to help with the search, are also approaching the plane. Suddenly, shots ring out and a bomb explodes, knocking both men to the snowy ground. When they regain consciousness, most of the team is dead, along with the unwelcome terrorist intruders.

But the pair find a sinister metal container in the Cessna’s crumpled cockpit. They suspect that a bioweapon lurks inside. Carefully placing it back in the silver case from which it came, they await rescue as heavy snow begins falling.

Meanwhile, around the world in Berlin, Dana Cogswell, Dave’s wife, receives news of the explosion, but must put her concern for Dave on hold to investigate a virulent outbreak of cholera-like symptoms in a small German town close by. More terrorism is suspected via delivery of biochemical fluids into the town’s water supply.

Dave and Ron are rescued from the Alaskan wilderness, but events take a nasty turn as Dana is taken hostage by the two terrorists who poisoned the town’s water supply. Incredibly, she recognizes one of them — a former college classmate, educated in the U.S., but now intent on The Great Satan’s destruction.

The plot then carries the reader through a series of increasingly dramatic turns that culminate in a harrowing car chase, as Dave pursues Dana’s captors through a remote section of Bulgaria. His partner Ron, back in America, has somehow triangulated Dana’s cell phone coordinates. But before Dave can force Dana’s captors off the road, he is instead himself forced off, rolling his SUV, but escaping unharmed.

Can Dave find Dana before her captors have their way with her — or worse? Can the authorities thwart the impending bioweapons attacks worldwide? Read this fast-paced action adventure that brings a fictional plot uncomfortably near reality.

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About Don Sloan

I am a former journalist with a major daily newspaper and now am a full-time Indie book reviewer. I love to write, read, drink good wine, and take short naps in front of my fireplace here in the North Carolina mountains.
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